Designed by Tokina to allow photographers to create true works of art, the opera 50mm f/1.4 FF is a fast normal-length prime lens for Nikon F-mount DSLRs. Its especially bright f/1.4 maximum aperture offers improved control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques and also benefits shooting in difficult lighting conditions. This lens sports a refined optical design, which includes both low dispersion and aspherical elements, to match contemporary high-resolution sensors in order to realize a high degree of sharpness and clarity. An ELR Coating is also featured to control surface and internal reflections in order to greatly reduce flare and ghosting. Suiting a multimedia method of working, a ring-shaped ultrasonic motor has been used to provide fast, near-silent autofocus performance that is ideal for photograph and video applications alike. Additionally, this 50mm f/1.4 also sports a weather-sealed construction for working in inclement weather conditions.
- F-Mount Lens/FX Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- Three Super-Low Dispersion Elements
- One Aspherical Element
Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Overview
Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Specs
|Lens Mount||Nikon F|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||47° 24'|
|Minimum Focus Distance||1.31' / 40 cm|
|Optical Design||15 Elements in 9 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||9, Rounded|
|Filter Size||72 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||3.15 x 4.23" / 80 x 107.5 mm|
|Weight||2.09 lb / 950 g|
|Package Weight||2.7 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||6.7 x 5.3 x 5.2"|
Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Reviews
I have been using the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 for 20 years. A couple years ago I got the 5Ds, the lens starts to show its imperfection. I finally decided to go for a better 50mm lens and I got this one. It does not disappoint me: pictures are extremely sharp, AF is very accurate, color is accurate and natural. My only comment (if not an complaint) is that the lens is quite heavy. However, it feels extremely nice and balanced in my hands.
In hindsight I wish I was aware of this opera 50 1.4 sooner. I was so underwhelmed with every manufacturers fast 50mm. The tokina marries remarkable sharpness and showstopping character from the replicated vintage pentax recipe. This purchase doesn't come with an irritating request from the manufacturer to calibrate it on a ridiculous dock either. This actually renders the same color and bokeh if not better than my Nikon 85 1.4 g. The only difference is the tokina actually nails the focus every time and is worlds faster. If you've never experienced a professional lens with these features you are truly missing out on an exhilarating and pleasant experience.
Great sharpness, autofocus performance, and bokeh!
I have been looking for a lens that can fully resolve the 45.7 megapixels of my Nikon D850. I previously owned the Nikkor 50mm 1.4. The Nikkor 50mm 1.4 uses older lens technology and can't resolve the 45.7 megapixels of a D850. But this Tokina lens fully resolves the 45.7 megapixels of the Nikon D850 with excellent sharpness! Plus, the Tokina Opera 50mm 1.4 autofocuses correctly out of the box without having to fine tune the AF unlike the Sigma Art (the other lens I was considering). Also, the Tokina Opera is sharp wide open at f1.4. I am not having to stop the lens down to achieve sharp photos unlike my older Nikkor 50mm 1.4. And lastly, the bokeh is on the Opera is awesome!
This lens is a keeper for sure. Though I have only taken a few candid shots with it on my D810, it was enough for me to keep this one. It is a great lens for portraits. It is so very smooth and lacks any searching, as far as focusing. There is no lag in pressing and completing a shot. The quality of the lighting it renders is impressive. This lens tends to remind me of my Nikon 105mm f2.8g lens when I examine the results it renders. I have multiple quality lens that render good results, but this particular one is now my top pick. True, I have not had it long enough for extreme testing, but I feel confident in what it has shown me thus far to boast of its present proven potential. Now as far as physical aesthetics, its as beautiful and finely structured as it appears online. It is smooth to the touch, though seemingly more fingerprint prone. And eventhough several early reviewers have emphasized on the weight of this lens, I particularly dont find that this lens is overly heavy in the least bit. Sure, it has heftiness to itself, but that seems to assure me of its quality build and worth. After all, this lens costed me north of $1000 with taxes included. So I dont find the weight an issue but rather an assurance that the weight of the cost is equivalent to the quality of the product and the beautiful results that it renders. For with this lens, what is darkness when you have a 1.4 aperture. Darkness has no potential with this lens. In conclusion, I would have to admit that I would be hard pressed to find a more appealing lens that renders equally sharp photos with such great color and clarity and pleasing bokeh as this Opera machinery. I am well satisfied with this lens and will be using it as much as I possibly can. This is my second Tokina Opera lens, as I have the 16-28mm Opera as well. In my opinion, Tokina is on a win-win roll with the Opera series. Do your thang, Tokina! I got your back.
I got this to compliment my Tamron SP 35mm 1.4, as this is basically the 50mm equivalent of that lens. Focus is quick, and surprisingly accurate for a non-native lens. Focus has been MORE accurate than the Tamron, even after I've adjusted it several times. I've used it on both my D810 and Z7ii w/FTZii and focus is consistent between both bodies. Stop reading this and buy it.
I paired this Opera 50mm lens with my venerable Canon 5D Mark III and the images are sharp and crisp. Autofocus is a snap and the colors are clean and accurate. Shooting wide open stays very sharp at the focus points and performs much better than my Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L lens. At 950 grams, it's not a lightweight lens, but I'll be using it with a tripod most of the time. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the quality and output of this Tokina lens!
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