Tokina joined the cinema market with their Vista Primes which were met with open arms for their excellent image quality and coverage. But for many cinematographers, the lenses lacked character or personality. They were simply too clean or “clinical” as I’ve come to refer to them. But that changes with the Vista One primes.
Based on the original Tokina Vista Primes, the Vista One feature single-coated front elements to enhance flares and aberrations under specific conditions. Additionally, the lenses receive a nice space grey paint job (not anodized like most other cinema lenses). All of the other specs remain the same such as size, weight, T-stop, etc. You can read the entire Tokina Press release below.
Los Angeles, California, April 3, 2019 – Introducing Tokina Cinema Vista One T1.5 Prime lenses. Vista One lenses are a new limited release version of the Vista Prime lenses featuring a new single coated front element and new lens barrel aesthetic design. The single coating allows for a reduction in contrast and increase in lens flare when off-axis lighting is used. When the lens is on-axis to the light source, the lens retains contrast and normal lens flare properties. The single coating technology of Vista One lenses presents an advantage over uncoated lenses that may provide too much reduction in contrast and less image control. The Vista One lenses also have a series-exclusive premium grey color painted lens barrel with blue and white lens marking accents. Available on a single limited quantity release from Tokina Cinema USA for preorder only in a complete 6 lens set of 18mm T1.5, 25mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 85mm T1.5 and 105mm T1.5.
The Tokina Vista One Primes will be available in limited quantities from select Tokina Cinema Dealers including Duclos Lenses beginning later 2019 – Pre-Order from Duclos Lenses today!
Tokina also announced a new revision to their Cinema Zoom Lens line, the revised 50-135mm T2.9 MkII. This lens will feature the same optics as the previous version (T3?), but with a new, more robust mechanical design. If you had been considering this lens in it’s previous form, now’s the time to snag one. Schedule a demo with Duclos Lenses today!