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Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Lens for Nikon F

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Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Lens for Nikon F
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three Super-Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
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.
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Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Overview

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.

Normal-length 50mm f/1.4 lens is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 75mm equivalent focal length.
Notably bright f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords increased control over depth of field for isolating subject matter and working with selective focus techniques.
Three Super-Low Dispersion elements are used to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to realize greater clarity and color accuracy.
One aspherical element is located in the rear group and helps to control spherical aberrations and distortion in order to gain improved sharpness and more accurate rendering.
ELR (Extremely Low Reflection) Coating has been applied to individual elements to suppress flare and ghosting in order to achieve greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
Ring-shaped ultrasonic motor delivers quick, quiet autofocus performance, as well as full-time manual focus override, that suits both stills and video applications.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
Electric diaphragm mechanism is used for stable, consistent exposure results and benefits working with fast continuous shooting rates.
Weather-sealed construction enables working with the lens in trying environmental conditions.

Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View47° 24'
Minimum Focus Distance1.31' / 40 cm
Optical Design15 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.15 x 4.23" / 80 x 107.5 mm
Weight2.09 lb / 950 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.7 x 5.3 x 5.2"

Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Reviews

Very Sharp!

By Pok Hon Wally
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-14

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.

Tremendously Astute/Enigmatic

By Louis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-13

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!

By Casey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-30

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!

Yes indeed!

By Eddie
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-19

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.

Nifty 50

By Matthew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-24

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.

Superb quality!

By MM
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-04

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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