REVIEW: Tokina Firin 20mm f/2 wideangle lens for Sony A7 A9 cameras

Richard (@richsibley) tries out the Tokina Firin 20mm f/2 FE mount lens. It is a wideangle manual focus lens for Sony A7 and A9 cameras.

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Simon F says:

it looks like a mitakon, when did tokina start making 800 pound prime lenses, jaysus u could have a voigtlander 21mm fo that kind of cash

M Jamil Hoque says:

Where is Kai?

The only reason I heard of PGN was as he came on. So, again, why isn’t he presenting?

Jess Demant Aggeboe says:

I would also like to see a 24-70mm.f.2.8 or a 24-105mm.f.4 lens from Tokina!

Tj Holowaychuk says:

Surprised they even bother with auto-focus in wide-angle, it’s so unnecessary, looks like a nice lens!

Matteo Spinelli says:


Iain B says:

Very interesting lens and excellent review. Liking what you’re doing Richard.

Ying Kit Tham says:

Richard Sibley Does your lens hood rattle when it’s mounted on the lens?

Michael Lawlor says:

Other lenses? A tilt-shift.

Jon Trevino says:

I’m sorry but there is nothing “small” about that lens

Curtis Watson says:

I think it would have been very helpful to do some astrophotography, because (for me personally) this lens hits the perfect focal length & speed for it. Any chance you did some of that off-camera?

gyrovague says:

I don’t mind boring pics to test distortion etc but what would be great if a variety of pics could be taken that show off the capabilities and look of lenses. Too many reviews including print magazines come up with pretty dank test shots that don’t exercise nuthin and quite frankly let the cat out the bag that the reviewers background is far more academic than practical. I’m not having a major go here, just talking in general.

Jess Demant Aggeboe says:

Great review, thanks!

Austin Henley says:

Almost bought this a few weeks ago but went with the Voigtlander 15mm III instead. It was a tough decision!

PhotoTrekr says:

I’d like to see an even wider 15 or 16mm prime or an ultrawide 12-24mm zoom. I’ll be renting the Tokina Firin 20mm soon to test myself. Thanks for the video.

Richard Sibley says:

Any questions? I’ll do my best to answer them!

Wojciech Siewior says:

Thank you for this review! One missed opportunity was seeing this lens’ performance at astrophotography – particularly to test for coma. Could be a very nice lens for stars!

Photogearnews says:

What lenses do you think Tokina should produce next for the Sony E mount?

Arm Head says:

This lens looks great, but I’d rather save a bit more and go for the loxia. That is a very beautiful lens.

Marek Dzurak says:

go out and try astrophoto….i fine this lens on youtube week ago …next day i run to bank to get money and it was brat investment , only think body is constructed well but also is quite soft so you can easy scratch the body itself :S but it was my bad

simons700 says:

Sigma 19mm f2.8 Art Autofocus with removed baffle 150€ on Amazon for me then 😉

Would be cool to compare the Sigma to the Tokina and the Loxia 😀

But cool Video!

vessk000 says:

Just buy Sigma 19mm F2.8 Art.
It is sharp all across the aperture settings, it is small, has fast and accurate AF and is a couple of times cheaper, especially used.

Achilleas Labrou says:

Very nice review. Thanks.
Many people are afraid of manual lenses because focusing demands time, precision and it is usually boring. However focus with ultra wide lenses below 20mm even with large f/2 aperture is very easy. In the case you choose f/8 for best sharpness, vignetting and chromatic aberration then focusing is a piece of cake. The hyper-focal distance of a 20mm lens at f/8 is is 3.7 meters. That means that if you set the focus ring on the infinity position everything beyond 3.7 meters is in focus. Very convenient for landscape photography with daylight.

stevey500 says:

curious of where you got that eye cup on your camera… I can’t stand sony’s included ones

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