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Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE Lens for Sony E

BH #TO8518FE • MFR #ATX-M-AF85FE
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Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One SD Low Dispersion Element
  • Super Low Reflection Multi-Coating
A well-rounded prime for portraiture, the Sony E-mount atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE from Tokina is a versatile short-telephoto lens mixing a bright design and popular focal length. The f/1.8 maximum aperture suits working in difficult lighting and benefits depth of field control as well as helps to maintain a portable form factor for everyday shooting. A low dispersion element is incorporated into the optical design to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations and a Super Low Reflection Multi-Coating has been applied to suppress flare for heightened contrast and color accuracy in strong lighting. An ST-M autofocus system achieves fast and near-silent focusing performance and a nine-blade diaphragm also contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality to suit selective focus imagery.
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Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE Overview

A well-rounded prime for portraiture, the Sony E-mount atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE from Tokina is a versatile short-telephoto lens mixing a bright design and popular focal length. The f/1.8 maximum aperture suits working in difficult lighting and benefits depth of field control as well as helps to maintain a portable form factor for everyday shooting. A low dispersion element is incorporated into the optical design to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations and a Super Low Reflection Multi-Coating has been applied to suppress flare for heightened contrast and color accuracy in strong lighting. An ST-M autofocus system achieves fast and near-silent focusing performance and a nine-blade diaphragm also contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality to suit selective focus imagery.

Portrait-length prime is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras but can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 design strikes an ideal balance between portability and a fast design and maintains a sleek profile while benefitting depth of field and low-light shooting needs.
One SD low dispersion element is featured in the optical design and helps to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy.
Super Low Reflection Multi-Coating reduces ghosting and flare for increased contrast and color fidelity and also helps to repel water, oil, and dust from the front lens element.
ST-M stepping motor achieves fast and especially quiet autofocus performance and the all-metal focus unit also contributes to a dampened manual focus feel for improved control. Additionally, this system uses an internal focusing mechanism to limit the overall length of the lens and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
The lens mount is fitted with an electronic interface that conveys all lens Exif data to the camera and is also fully compatible with in-camera functions, such as image stabilization, Eye AF, MF assist, and other functions.

Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View28.5°
Minimum Focus Distance2.62' / 80 cm
Maximum Magnification0.13x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:8
Optical Design10 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.15 x 3.67" / 80 x 93.2 mm
Weight1.42 lb / 645 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.055 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.6 x 6.5 x 5.5"

Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE Reviews

Nice glass

By Tony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-16

Very sharp lens. It has a high quality build. It's heavy & made of all metal. My fav lens with A7c for portraits.

Great images, poor AF

By Don
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-26

I received this lens with high hopes. Using it on my Sony A7rii. The images that were in focus were beautiful. The bokeh was great and images sharp! But sometimes it would stop focusing. So I would have to turn the camera off and then on again, and then it would start working again. I so badly wanted to keep this lens, but sadly had to send it back.

Very good for amateurs

By Benito
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-08

I bought this lens, thinking of saving money; I must confess that I am only a fan of photography. Although it is a lens for cameras with a full frame sensor, I mounted it on a Sony A 6000. I have been using it mostly in photography, and I liked the fast autofocus, the sharpness of the image and the beauty of the Bokeh effect. Perhaps a point to note is that it is a bit heavy, if one has in mind to use it with light cameras. I think that if one is not as demanding as a professional photographer, it is definitely a recommended lens.

Wonderful new addition to my collection of primes

By Benjamin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-24

I originally wrote a rather scathing two-star review of this lens because the copy I received was defective and pretty close to unusable autofocus wise. What I didn’t know at the point I had written the initial article was how amazing the Tokina support staff would be to work with. On informing them of the issue I was having with AutoFocus, they immediately started trying to replicate the issue in their facility over in Japan. All this - in the height of the initial outbreak of coronavirus. They worked diligently and were able to quickly determine that the issue was with the copy of the lens I had received. They sent me a new copy free of charge that was personally checked to ensure it was in flawless operating order. So when other people say why go with Tokina when there are very similar lenses for less my answer is do if for the support. Tokina genuinely seems to take pride in their products and they stand behind them 100%. That’s worth a lot. And speaking of value, this lens offers an excellent value in terms of cost to performance ratio. It will give you 90% of the top end prime performance for 1/3 of the cost - creamy bokeh, sharp rendering across the frame, and build quality that rivals much more expensive optics. The autofocus performance is exceptional and just falls of the fastest 85mm lens I’ve ever used. Eye autofocus works comparably well also. In terms of overall rendering quality, this lens lends a neutral balanced classic look to the images it produces, making it an excellent choice for black and white photography and giving you a lot of headroom for working with color photos in post. At the current price point you really can’t go wrong. And it’s great knowing you’ve got 3 years under warranty to back you up should you need it.

Will freeze your camera

By Rahul
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-13

Had to copies of this lens and both made my camera body freeze and unresponsive.

Best kept secret!

By Ken
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-07

I have only taken this out once but the results so far have been beautiful. In context, I've owned the Canon 85mm 1.2 and the Canon 85mm 1.4 back in my dslr days and the Sigma DG DN 85mm 1.4 lens most recently. I shoot a lot of on location portraits and found the 85mm to be too tight on many of the locations I shoot. With that, I reluctantly traded in the Sigma on the Sony 50mm 1.2 lens. I didn't have the funds to keep both. (The Sigma is an amazing lens btw). After shooting the Sony 50mm (another great lens) I found I really missed the compression of the 85mm focal length when I did have the room, so I started looking around for a sleeper and I found it! Im still recovering from the price tag of the Sony 50mm so I was looking for something cheaper than the Sigma to have on hand for those occasions I wanted an 85mm. This Tokina fits the bill perfectly. It is a simple, no bells and whistles piece of glass that takes images comparable to any of the best lenses Ive used. The difference between 1.8 and 1.4 is negligible at best and this is built like a tank with its metal construction. I got it on sale for $399 and is a steal at this price. After shooting this I couldn't justify spending the money on the Sigma again which was one of my all time favorites. It is a very basic lens but the images are awesome even when shot wide open at 1.8.

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