Tokina announces 500mm f/8 lens that fits the palm of your hand

Jan 24, 2022

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Tokina announces 500mm f/8 lens that fits the palm of your hand

Jan 24, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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After the 400mm f/8 lens launched in 2020, Tokina has decided to go even further and zoom in even more. The company has announced a 500mm f/8 reflex lens, a super-telephoto lens that fits the palm of your hand. It’s compact and very lightweight, and it’s likely going to be cheap, but it still has some drawbacks. So let’s dive in and see what you can expect.

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The Tokina SZ 500mm F8 Reflex MF is, as the name suggests, a reflex lens. This means that it packs little internal mirrors (like reflecting telescopes), which is quite unusual to see in a camera lens in this day and age. Still, this is what enables the lens to be so small and lightweight despite its focal length. Speaking of size, the Tokina 500mm f/8 is only 9cm (3.5 in) long and weighs 310g (10.9 oz).

As you could have probably concluded, the lens features an f/8 aperture, which isn’t all that bright. It produces unique donut-shaped which I believe you can either love or hate. I must admit I lean more towards hating it, but it’s all a matter of personal preferences. Finally, as the “MF” in the name suggests, the lens only features manual focus, which is not ideal if you’re shooting fast-paced activities or fast-moving animals. The minimum focusing distance of the lens is 1.7m. It gives the magnification of 1:2.86, so you can even use it for close-up shots without actually getting too close to your subject.

The Tokina 500mm f/8 lens comes in as many as seven mounts: Canon EF, Sony E, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Micro 4/3, Fujifilm X, T-mount. It’s certainly a plus, but keep in mind that you can only mount it to your camera using an adapter, as the native mount of the lens is a T-mount. Similar to the 400mm f/8 lens announced in 2020.

Here are the full specs:

General info
ModelSZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF
Model DescriptionTokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF
SeriesSZ
TypeTele Prime
Sensor SizeFull Frame
MountCanon EF, Fujifilm X, Micro 4/3, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Sony E, T-mount
ColorBlack
Country of OriginJapan
Main specifications
Focal Length500mm
Maximum Aperturef/8
Minimum Aperturef/8
Angle of View4°8′
Minimum Focusing Distance1.7m
Macro Ratio1970-01-01 00:01:03
Focusing ModeManual
Manual Focusing RingYes
Filter Size30.5mm, 72mm
CoatingMulti-coating
Construction
Construction E/G7 Elements in 7 Groups
Lens HoodMH-721 (screw type)
Additional info
Dimensions74×89 mm
Weight310g

I wouldn’t say this is a lens professional sports or wildlife photographers would have as their go-to lens. But I think it’s not even aimed at them. Judging from Tokina’s description, this one’s more for outdoorsy photographers who want to pack light yet still photograph wildlife, birds, and nature from afar. And there’s another big plus: the price. It still hasn’t been officially announced, but the previous reflex telephoto lens from Tokina costs $245, which is beyond affordable. This makes it great for those who still aren’t sure if a telephoto lens is for them and who are not ready to pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars for a more powerful one.

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4 responses to “Tokina announces 500mm f/8 lens that fits the palm of your hand”

  1. DOSIMONT Avatar
    DOSIMONT

    I like , i like , i like! MARVELOUS

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    DOSIMONT

    ????????

  3. JR Avatar
    JR

    Tokina junk…The 33 year old Minolta 500mm f8 reflex is far better with AF capability…