New Gear: Tokina 16-28mm T3.0 Cine Lens

Kenko Tokina has thrown its hat into the world of cinema lenses

The number of cine lenses on the market has been on the rise since DSLRs got into the video game. Now Tokina has also gotten on board, with a wide-angle cine lens announced on its Japanese site. With an asking price of ¥580,000 (around $5,870), it’s due in a PL mount version later in September, and come November in an EF mount.

According to DPReview, it’s a modified version of the substantially more affordable AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX, with manual focus, and redesigned focus, zoom, and aperture controls to be more appropriate for use with a cinema camera.

It’ll have a focus range of 16-28mm, the aperture will run T3.0 to T22 (f/2.8 to f/22 equivalent), with a nine bladed aperture system, and 15 lens elements in in 13 groups.

It’s not clear how this lens is different from the non-cine version, especially with such a large price discrepancy. We presume there is something there to recommend it beyond a new exterior.