Announcement: Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE

On January 17, 2020, the Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE lens was officially introduced.

Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE

Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE

Basic properties

  • Main focus: portrait photography
  • Designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras Sony E-mount (FE)
  • The first lens in the new line of lenses Tokina atx-m (Advanced Ttechnology eXbetween Mscary)
  • Relative Hole: 1: 1.8-1: 16
  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • MDF: 0.8 m
  • Maximum magnification ratio 1: 8
  • Optical design: 10 elements in 7 groups including 1 Tokina low dispersion element SD
  • The optical design is identical to the lenses Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mmF1.8 DF RBW (85mm 1:1.8), Viltrox 85mm 1:1.8 STM ED IF Z/RF, Viltrox 85mm 1:1.8 STM ED IF II XF/FEand Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm 1:1.8 STM E/X
  • Enlightenment Super Low Reflection Coating
  • Number of aperture blades: 9 pieces
  • Filter Diameter: 72 mm
  • ST-M focus motor, internal focusing, without focus mode switch
  • Announced full compatibility with Sony cameras (focus, stabilization, distortion correction, updating, etc.)
  • Weight: 645 gram
  • Price: about 500 dollars


All autofocus 85s

Choosing a good 85mm portrait lens is very important for a large number of photographers. I pay a lot of attention to this issue, therefore I have prepared this list of all such autofocus lenses for full frame cameras with F <= 2 and a focal length of about 85 mm.

Nikon (F, Z mounts)

  1. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor [December 1987]
  2. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor [March 1994, Thailand/Japan]
  3. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4D AF Nikkor [November 1995]
  4. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4GN AF-S Nikkor SWM IF Nano Crystal Coat [August 2010]
  5. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8G AF-S IF SWM Nikkor [January 2012]
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm 1: 1.8 S [July 2019]
  7. Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm 1: 1.2 S [January 2023]

Canon (EF, RF mounts)

  1. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1:1.2 L USM [September 1989
  2. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM [July 1992]
  3. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1:1.2 L II USM [March 2006]
  4. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1:1.4 L IS USM [November 2017]
  5. Canon lens RF 85mm F1.2L USM [May 2019]
  6. Canon lens RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS (DEFOCUS SMOOTHING) [October 2019]

Yongnuo/YnLens (different mounts)

  1. Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8) [9/6, Canon EF, February 2017]
  2. Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8N) [9/6, Nikon F, May 2019]
  3. Ynlens YN85mm F1.8S DF DSM (YN85mm F1.8S) [9/8, Sony E, August 2020]
  4. Ynlens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (YN85mm F1.8R) [9/8, Canon RF, May 2021]
  5. Ynlens YN85mm 1:1.8Z DF DSM (YN85mm F1.8Z) [9/8, Nikon Z, March 2022]
  6. Yongnuo 85F1.8S DF DSM [9/8, Sony E, August 2022]

Sony / Sony Zeiss ZA / Minolta (E / FE, A mount)

  1. Sony FE 1.4/85 GM (SEL85F18GM) [February 2016]
  2. Sony FE 1.8/85 (SEL85F18) [February 2017]
  3. Sony SAL85F14Z / Carl Zeiss Planar 1,4 / 85 ZA T* [June 2006]
  4. Minolta AF 85mm 1:1.4 (22) (AF lens 85) / Minolta Maxxum / Dynax / G / G+D / G+RS / G+D+LE and other versions of the same lens, A mount [1987]

Sigma (different mounts)

  1. Sigma EX 85mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM (two sub-versions with different body finishes, for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A, February 2010)
  2. Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG | A [Art] (for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA, Sony E, Leica L, September 2016)
  3. Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A [Art] (for Sony E, Leica L, August 2020)

Viltrox (different mounts)

  1. Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm F1.8 STM (Sony E/FE + Fujifilm X, 2018)
  2. Viltrox AF 85/1.8 STM ED IF (Nikon Z, Canon RF, December 2020)
  3. Viltrox AF 85/1.8 II STM ED IF (Sony E/FE + Fujifilm X, July 2020, light version XNUMX)

Pentax (K mount)

  1. SMC Pentax-FA* 1:1.4 85mm IF AUTO FOCUS PENTAX 85 [1992]
  2. HD PENTAX-D FA * 85mm 1: 1.4 ED SDM AW [May 2020]

Samyang / Rokinon (different mounts)

  1. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 EF (for Canon EF, scheme 9/7, June 2018)
  2. Samyang AF 85/1.4F (for Nikon F, scheme 9/7, April 2019)
  3. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 FE (for Sony E, scheme 11/8, March 2019)
  4. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 RF  (for Canon RF, scheme 11/8, May 2020)
  5. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 FE II (for Sony E, scheme 11/8, July 2022)

Meike (Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Nikon Z, FujiFilm X)

  1. MEIKE 85mm AF 1: 1.8 [review] (Canon EF / Canon EF-S, April 2018)
  2. MEIKE 85mm AF 1: 1.8 [review] (Nikon F, Aug 2020)
  3. MEIKE 85mm 1:1.8 Auto Focus Lens FF STM [review] (for Sony FE/E + Nikon Z, Canon RF, FujiFilm X, June 2022 + March 2023)
  4. MEIKE 85mm 1:1.4 Auto Focus Lens FF STM (for Sony FE/E + Nikon Z, September 2023)

Zeiss (various mounts)

  1. Zeiss Sonnar 1.8 / 85 T * (Batis 1.8 / 85) [April 2015, built-in stabilizer, Sony E/FE mount, 11/8]
  2. Carl Zeiss Planar 1,4/85 ZA T* (Sony SAL85F14Z) ​​[June 2006, Sony A/Minolta A mount, 8/7]
  3. Carl Zeiss Planar 1,4 / 85 T * [November 2002, Contax N mount, 10/9]

Tamron (different mounts)

  1. Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Model F016 (for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A [without VC function], March 2016)

Tokina (Sony E / FE mount)

  1. Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE (for Sony E, most likely a complete analog Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm F1.8 STM, January 2020)

AstrHori (Sony E/FE mount)

  1. AstrHori AF 85mm 1:1.8 [December 2022]

Panasonic (L mount)

  1. Panasonic LUMIX S 1: 1.8 / 85mm [November 2020]

Separately, you can still highlight non-classic 85s:

  1. macro lens Canon Lens RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM [2020, RF]
  2. longer LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-SL 1: 2/90 ASPH. (2018, Leica l)
  3. less aperture Sony 85 / 2.8 SAM (SAL85f28) [2010, A]
  4. shorter SMC PENTAX FA 1:1.8 77mm Limited (1997, K)
  5. shorter HD Pentax-FA 1: 1.8 77mm Limited (2021, K)
  6. shorter Samyang AF 75 / 1.8 FE (2020, E) + Samyang AF 75/1.8X (2023, X)
  7. cropped Samsung Lens 1:1.4 85mm ED SSA i-Function [2011, NX]
  8. cropped and longer FUJIFILM FUJINON LENS SUPER EBC XF 90mm 1: 2 R LM WR [2015, X]
  9. cropped and shorter Viltrox AF 75/1.2 XF STM ED IF [2022, X, E, Z]
  10. cropped, less aperture, macro lens Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 [2009, F]
  11. many 90/2.8 class macro lenses

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Comments: 18, on the topic: Announcement: Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE

  • Michael

    The same optical design as the Viltrox 85mm and the Viltrox are cheaper.

    • Andrei

      and? a lot of lenses with the same optical schemes and different prices.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        Actually a little. More often these are old fifty dollars. Most modern lenses have their own schemes. As an example, Sigma art has all its own schemes.
        As for Tokina, this does not do her credit that the company has sunk to copying schemes from the Chinese, even if it is their common project. Moreover, lately it has been pouring from empty to empty. Suffice it to recall all sorts of "new" (spoiler: old) 100 / 2.8, 11-16 / 2.8, 16-28 / 2.8, etc.

        • Andrei

          Arkady, you prekrano understood what I meant. The lens scheme does not determine its value. Even materials do not determine its value. The cost depends solely on the greed of the manufacturer and the volume of production. You can make a thing out of poop, but if it's piece production, margin and certification will push the price up to candy.

          • Arkady Shapoval

            No, you specifically wrote about the schemes there, now you’ve started talking about the cost. About the cost here it was not at all.

            • Andrei

              Well then. Michael clearly linked the scheme with the price of the lens, to which I replied that the price does not depend on the scheme.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                Well, I didn’t answer Mikhail, but to you. Although yes, I already understood what you mean

          • koba

            Sorry, but not exactly! Materials sometimes strongly determine the value of any product, also regarding lenses. If special glasses are used, they are not only expensive, but sometimes require additional processing costs, any kind of marriage also increases costs. But the circulation of the product, as well as the indirect costs of the manufacturer, most of all affect the cost, of course. Therefore, the lenses have a very large difference in cost. It also happens that a manufacturer sells products at very reasonable prices, such as the super-duper Voigtlanger 58 / 1.4 with lead glasses inside, but this is partly for advertising purposes, partly this company produces a huge amount of other equipment (the same Cosina, which produces and Voigtlander, and the real Carl Zeiss. Not to be confused with the so-called fake ZEISS (instead of Carl Zeiss!) For Sony, which is mostly produced by Tanron). Yes, over the past 10 years, after the development and delivery to the market of high-quality optical glass by Chinese companies, their cost has decreased several times, but here the question arose of reducing not the retail cost of lenses, but their cost, that is, obtaining the maximum possible profit, which is the only goal production of any product under capitalism.

  • Trueash

    I am frosty ... I read about Tokina, for some reason I think about Fuji, and I ask myself a question: "And what has Sonya got to do with it?" : D

  • Andrei

    I am tormented by the question why all the new lenses under RF and FE make it heavy and huge. The good old Canon 85 / 1.8 was of quite acceptable quality, the filter was only 58mm and weighing about 400g. Turning to the BZK, I calculated a certain decrease, if not weight, but got what I got. How long will homosexual rule the world? Sad of all this ((

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It seems to me that this situation is due to the fact that modern full-frame mirrorless cameras are going more and more into the professional or semi-pro sphere, where quality is important and weight and so on are not always important. Because everything is so big, heavy and expensive. But, most likely, this is only one of the reasons. Another important thing is that sales in the number of units of equipment are falling, so the cost per unit rises to compensate for the losses.

      • Andrei

        And how is professionalism related to dimensions? There is a reasonable ratio of weight, size and distortion. 600g, this is not 400, but two lenses, the difference is already half a pound. I believe that modern technology allows you to make the lens better than the old while maintaining weight.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Everything is quite trivial. Conventionally, for example, you need less vignetting, better detail in the corners of the frame - make large lenses with a margin. Some of them work quite well even on medium format. And besides, there are lightweight lenses, but usually they are inferior to more advanced ones, at least in aperture ratio. And again, if the market is moving towards the pro-segment, then this is exactly what makes the growth in weight and dimensions

          • koba

            There is one more thing - companies are given a disadvantage that their high-aperture lenses do not provide maximum optical properties at open apertures. And there is only one way out - either the use of fluorite in ordinary fixes, which is inconceivable, or an increase in the size of the lenses or even the entire lens unit, so that only the central part “works”. Look at the new Milvuses, to what sizes and weights have they come, and the Otus? Here is the new Nikon 58mm, its weight is 2,2 kg, and of course it gives the best quality among analogs at the aperture of 0,95, it also costs 8200 dollars. To be honest, I saw the Otus 55 / 1.4 work and the quality it gives is such that attach it to any camera, the owner will have the feeling that he has changed the camera itself! Not a bad thing for professionals and enthusiasts alike, as you can already get it for $ 2000 or less.

            • Vladimir

              Well, they buy aperture lenses to shoot on an open one, practice when the lens is 1,4, but everyone tries to shoot at 2,8 remained in film times. Personally, I'd rather buy a lens with aperture of 1,8, but so that everything was ok there on the open, than 1,4, which you need to cover to get an acceptable picture.

    • Vladimir

      Canon 85 / 1.8 in comparison with other 85 / 1.8 (Nikon, Sony) is just poop, there wild ha and generally open can be called conditionally working. It is not surprising, the lens has been produced unchanged since the early 90s. And if earlier he could be forgiven, because Sonya was almost twice as expensive, now the price with Nikon / Sony is equal.
      However, I agree with you that the system should have light and compact lenses. Just the optical design in new lenses is usually more complicated, more than any special glasses. Another question is that the canon in the production of lenses for Erok decided to show off and start with super-fast lenses, which weigh (and cost) a lot.

  • Human

    No matter how I tried to search on aliexpress, I did not find the Meike 85 mm F1.8 with autofocus on the E mount. They are only manual. Either I'm looking badly, or the error came out

  • Vladimir

    What for is it needed if the native Sonin 85 / 1.8 costs the same $ 500 and you can come, feel, buy it in almost any store that sells cameras.

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