Japanese optics company Tokina has announced the development of two new lenses in the Vista Prime range that will be available in 2022, which are already in late-stage development with prototypes being tested in real-life productions. The 21mm T1.5 and 29mm T1.5 Vista Primes will round out the line to complete an 11 lens set. As the name implies, the prime lens series offers a large image circle to cover large-format Vistavision sensors while maintaining a very fast aperture of T1.5, across the whole line.
While initially launched with seven lenses with fairly standard focal lengths, Tokina continued adding the in-between focal lengths to offer more choices for DPs. The company first added the 40mm T1.5 lens in November 2020, followed by the 65mm T1.5 lens in January 2021. As Tokina Cinema states, the new lenses will match the existing Vista prime line in both physical specs (with 114mm front diameters) and the look. All Vista prime lenses feature high-quality glass elements, capable of resolving 8K+ resolutions, so it seems they are well future-proof. The Tokina Vista primes have earned an excellent reputation for creating elegant and highly detailed images.
The full technical details of both new lenses are yet to be disclosed. As with the other lenses in the set, distortion and chromatic aberration will be well-controlled. They have been designed to exhibit minimal focus breathing and exhibit soft pleasing flare and a gentle roll-off from subject to background.
As with the existing lenses, they will be available in interchangeable ARRI PL, EF, MFT, Sony E, and ARRI LPL mounts.
The price and availability of the Tokina Cinema Vista Prime 21mm T1.5 and 29mm T1.5 have not been announced yet.