According to Tokina, demand for its own Cinema Vista Primes has increased sharply over the course of 2021, despite Corona. The press release cites the unbroken trend toward large-format cine cameras (such as the ARRI Alexa Mini LF, the RED V-Raptor, and even the Canon C500) as the reason. Tokina also mentions Sony&s full-frame cameras like the FX3-9 or the VENICE in this context as drivers for productions with larger sensors.
Tokina itself already has 9 matching full-frame/large format cinema primes in its product portfolio, all of which offer a T1.5 starting aperture. Specifically, these are the following models:
18mm T1.5, 25mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 40mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 65mm T1,5, 85mm T1,5, 105mm T1.5 and the 135mm T1.5.
Supposedly, that&s still not enough for a prime case, as feedback among users has indicated that even more intermediate focal lengths would be strongly desired - which is why Tokina Cinema has now announced the development of two more new lenses for the series. The 21mm T1.5 and 29mm T1.5 thus expand the Vista Primes series from 9 to 11 members.
The lenses are said to be in a very advanced stage of development. Prototypes are currently in use on productions by cinematographers such as Phil Holland and Alex Jacobs. If there are no serious impediments in these productions, Tokina plans to have the two newcomers on the market as early as early 2022.
Full technical details of the duo are not yet known, but it is expected that the new models will inherit the typical optical characteristics of the other Vista Primes. Tokina touts their special advantages as including well-controlled distortion, low chromatic aberration, low focus breathing, and smooth bokeh roll-off.
The 21mm T1.5 and 29mm T1.5 will have a front diameter of 114mm and a similar weight and size to the other lenses in the series. Like the previous lenses, they will be available with interchangeable ARRI PL, EF, MFT, Sony E and ARRI LPL mounts. Tokina did not yet comment on expected pricing.