Today, Tokina announced the next addition in their premium "Opera" lens line, the super wide-angle zoom Tokina Opera 16-28mm f/2.8 FF for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
This new zoom lens is a price-friendly $699, but the wide constant aperture and improved autofocus mechanism speaks premium. The Tokina Opera 16-28mm f/2.8 FF uses a new Silent Drive module with GMR magnetic autofocus sensors which the company promises is "faster, smoother, and quieter autofocus than the previous generation."
Optically, the Tokina Opera 16-28mm f/2.8 FF contains 15 elements in 13 groups including 3 aspherical and 3 low-dispersion elements. Tokina claims the front element "provides super-low distortion and low light fall-off" which benefits architectural, landscape, and astrophotographers. Unfortunately, due to the bulbous shape of the large front element and fixed lens hood, there are no filter threads.
Manual focusing with the Opera 16-28mm utilizes what Tokina calls a One-Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism. This means that users can physically snap back the focus ring to engage a manual focus mode that has true hard stops on both ends of the focus range like traditional lenses.
Minimum focusing distance is 11 inches (0.28 meters) which equates to a macro reproduction ratio of 1:5.26. The lens sports nine aperture blades.
Measured up, the length of the Tokina Opera 16-28mm f/2.8 FF is 5.25 inches (133.5 millimeters) for the Nikon version and 5.35 inches (136 millimeters) for the Canon version. The Nikon copy weighs 2.07 pounds (940 grams) whereas the Canon is 2.09 pounds (950 grams).
Tokina states that these lenses carry an exclusive three-year U.S.A. warranty.
The Tokina Opera 16-28mm f/2.8 FF lens will be available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts and cost $699. Preorders will start today with lenses being shipped on March 15.