Vintage meets modern with Tokina’s new Vista-P cine lens lineup

Dec 15, 2023

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Vintage meets modern with Tokina’s new Vista-P cine lens lineup

Dec 15, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Tokina Vista-P Primes

Tokina has announced its new Vista-P line of cinema lenses (buy here). The new lenses are based on the company’s existing Vista Prime cine lenses (buy here) but offer redesigned internals.

The new Tokina Vista-P lenses take a more traditional Petzval approach, offering a vintage look with modern engineering. They come in 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm focal lengths with a T1.5 max aperture across the board.

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Tokina Vista-P Primes – What’s new?

The Tokina Vista-P Prime lenses are uniquely different from the rest of Tokina’s Vista lineup. They feature redesigned and modernised internals based on a Petzval lens design. This is a very old design, dating back to 1840.

Developed by the Hungarian mathematics professor Joseph Petzval, after whom the design was named, the first Petzval lenses were produced by Voigtländer. The design was largely cast aside in favour of more modern optics. It’s seen something of a resurgence in the last decade or so, though.

Petzval lenses produce a very unique and interesting look. Tokina’s new lens releases bring this design into the 21st century.

Five Full-Frame Cinema Lenses

The lenses are available in five focal lengths, each with a maximum aperture of T1.5. You can see from the sample video above that they present the very familiar Petzval vintage appearance. They offer a warmth and richness that modern glass, which is often far too perfect and clinical, doesn’t.

All five of the lenses cover a 46.7mm projection circle, which is larger than a full-frame sensor. This offers a wide range of compatibility options. They currently seem to be only available in Arri PL mount, but EF, E, and others are expected in the future.

Naturally, the Tokina Vista-P lineup features the standard 0.8 MOD gears. They all feature a whopping 300° of focus throw, although there’s no mention of aperture ring throw. Designed for the latest 8K cameras, they’re a very modern take on an old classic.

Tokina Vista-P Primes Specs

18mm T1.525mm T1.535mm T1.550mm T1.585mm T1.5
Focal length18mm25mm35mm50mm85mm
Max T-StopT1.5T1.5T1.5T1.5T1.5
FormatFull FrameFull FrameFull FrameFull FrameFull Frame
Image Circle46.7mm46.7mm46.7mm46.7mm46.7mm
Min focus distance45cm35cm41cm48cm95cm
Max Magnification1:14.371:7.81:7.811:7.011:9.92
Focus throw300°300°300°300°300°
Aperture blades9 Blades9 Blades9 Blades9 Blades9 Blades
Filter diameter112mm112mm112mm112mm112mm
DimesionsUnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecified
Weight2.81kg2.32kg2.08kg2.24kg2.29kg
Price$8,999$7,499$7,499$7,499$7,499

Price and Availability

All five of the lenses are available to buy now. The Tokina Vista-P 18mm T1.5 costs $8,999, the 25mm T1.5 costs $7,499, the 35mm T1.5 costs $7,499, the 50mm T1.5 costs $7,499 and the 85mm T1.5 also costs $7,499.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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