Tokina atx-m 23mm f/1.4 and atx-m 33mm f/1.4 for Fujifilm X – First Looks and Comparisons with Viltrox 23/33mmF1.4

Tokina has recently announced their first Fujifilm X Mount lenses with autofocus. You can find at at the moment at BHphoto here and Adorama here.

The complete Tokina vs Viltrox specs and price comparison.

Now we have an initial first look about those lenses you can read down below.

First Looks

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LEAKED: First Images, Price and Specs of Tokina Fujifilm X Mount Lenses

Nokishita leaked the first images and specs of the upcoming Tokina lenses for Fujifilm X mount here. The lenses will be released on December 11.

All details below:

Tokina atx-m 23mm F1.4

  • 60,500 yen including tax (converted this makes $582. The Viltrox 33mmF1.4 costs 35,900 yen at Amazon Japan)
  • 11 elements in 10 groups (same of Viltrox 23mmF1.4)
  • minimum focus distance 0.3m
  • filter size 52mm
  • φ65mmx72mm
  • maximum magnification 0.1 times

Tokina atx-m 33mm F1.4

  • 53,800 yen including tax (converter this makes $518. The Viltrox 33mmF1.4 costs 30,000 yen at Amazon Japan)
  • 10 elements in 9 groups (same of Viltrox 33mmF1.4)
  • minimum focus distance 0.4m
  • filter size 52mm
  • φ65mmx72mm
  • maximum magnification 0.1 times

As already for the Viltrox 85mmF1.8 and the Tokina 85mmF1.8, also in this case we are just in front of the same re-branded lens. In fact, as we reported in this article, Ben said:

Tokina and Viltrox are both working with a well established 3rd party Chinese lens manufacturer that creates prototypes and allows other companies to customize and sell their lenses under their own brand names.

And yet, even though they might be optically the same, there could be one crucial difference between both lenses that we reported about it here: Tokina has access to official Fujifilm AF lens protocols, and I am not sure if Viltrox has, too (they surely had not, when they started making X mount lenses).

  • read here: Sigma Says DC DN Lenses for Fujifilm X Mount will Hopefully Come in 2021

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Tokina ATX-M 23mmF1.4 and 33mmF1.4 Pre-Order Available Soon and Release on December 11

Tokina for Fujifilm X Mount

Back in March Tokina announced the release of three lenses for Fujifilm X mount, the Tokina atx-m 23mm f/1.4, the Tokina atx-m 33mm f/1.4 and the Tokina atx-m 56mm f/1.4.

Now, as reported by nokishita, the first two lenses will be announced very soon and start shipping on December 11. The lenses will be:

  • Tokina atx-m 23mm f/1.4
  • Tokina atx-m 33mm f/1.4

Viltrox vs Tokina: Same Same, but Different

We already discussed about the fact if the new Tokina lenses are just rebranded Viltrox lenses. Lots of things seem indeed to indicate that they are indeed just rebranded versions of the same lens.

However, there is a difference we should not overlook.

Viltrox started to release AF lenses for Fujifilm by reverse engineering the X mount AF lens protocols. There was no official cooperation with Fujifilm and we have reported in the past about some bugs with Viltrox lenses, that to be fair Viltrox usually worked hard on to fix, but that’s the downside of not having any direct access to the protocols.

That’s different with Tokina. In fact, shortly after Tokina announced its new three Fuji X mount lenses, Fujifilm made a statement that they opened their lens protocols and that Tokina is the first to profit from it.

By having access to Fuji’s AF lens protocols, it should be easier for Tokina to develop fast, stable and bug-free lenses that work smoothly with Fujifilm cameras and always stay up to date with Fuji’s latest autofocus algorithm changes.

I don’t know if in the meantime also Viltrox got access to Fuji’s AF lens protocols.

What I do hope, though, is that Sigma will. And there was already and official and totally public statement that Sigma made very recently, that gives us hope. Read more down below.

  • read here: Sigma Says DC DN Lenses for Fujifilm X Mount will Hopefully Come in 2021

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Tokina ATX-M (and not ATX-I) Coming for Fujifilm… and are they Just Rebranded Viltrox Lenses?

Recently Tokina announced the launch of three Fujifilm X mount lenses:

  • Tokina atx-m 23mm f/1.4
  • Tokina atx-m 33mm f/1.4
  • Tokina atx-m 56mm f/1.4

There was some confusion also today, because Tokina just launched the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 ATX-I, but the site, reporting about it, says that the ATX-I is for Canon and Nikon only, and the ATX-M (the three above) are for Fujifilm.

So, no Tokina 11-20 for Fujifilm for now.

Now, let’s talk about the ATX-M lenses.

As many of you noticed, they looked like rebranded Viltrox lenses. The optical constructions seems identical, but the body seems build slightly different.

Ben Sullivan investigated this topic, comparing the Tokina 85mm f1.8 & Viltrox STM 85mm f1.8. Here is what says:

  • Upon comparing the optical design, Ben saw that the two lenses share a nearly identical composition.
  • The MTF results looks pretty similar too. Tokina says that they’ve used a “proprietary coating” on the 85mm ATX-M, which could account for the moderate resolution difference, along with normal deviation between each individual lens tested.
  • pretty noticeable physical similarities as well
  • Feature wise, there are also quite a few similarities between the two lenses. In fact, the only non-identical spec I found was Tokina’s 0.125x magnification versus the 0.12x magnification listed for the Viltrox. […] It may be that they are indeed identical and that one company simply rounded down from x0.125 and the other rounded up.
  • both Tokina and the Viltrox 85mm lenses currently display as the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 in CaptureOne Pro
  • Ben reached out to Tokina Japan for an official response
  • Tokina answered “Tokina lenses does not have a relationship with Viltrox
  • Tokina and Viltrox apparently have no business relationship whatsoever.
  • Ben’s best guess would be that Tokina and Viltrox are both working with a well established 3rd party Chinese lens manufacturer that creates prototypes and allows other companies to customize and sell their lenses under their own brand names.
  • This makes oodles of sense if you think about how fantastically well Viltrox did with releasing their first ever lenses for Sony and Fujifilm last year.

You can read the full article at ayrn.io.

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Tokina to Launch Three Fujifilm X Mount Lenses in 2020

Tokina has just announced three Fujifilm X Mount lenses coming for Fujifilm X.

  • Tokina atx-m 23mm f/1.4
  • Tokina atx-m 33mm f/1.4
  • Tokina atx-m 56mm f/1.4

You can see the annoucement page here.

To me, these look like re-branded Viltrox autofocus lenses.

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