Tokina SZ 33mm f/1.2 Review and Additional Listing

Tokina SZ 33mm f/1.2: B&H Photo / Adorama

The Tokina SZ 33mm f/1.2 was announced a while ago, but it only recently became available at B&H Photo, but Amazon still doesn’t have a listing. Christopher Frost also posted his review, and below are his findings:

  • Solid lens that feels like you could hammer roofing tiles in with it
  • 605g
  • No weather sealing
  • Aperture ring is metal and turns smoothly but heavily
  • The focus ring turns smoothly and heavily with lots of precision
  • Some focus breathing
  • Metal screw on lens hood
  • 62mm threat on the front
  • One of the most solid lenses he has ever held
  • Very good sharpness even at f/1.2 with average contrast and a little color fringing, but soft in the corners due to the corners being out of focus so if you focus on the corners, it is very good
  • This lens has excellent sharpness, but the filed curvature requires you to stop down to f/8 to get it across the entire field
  • Some people find extreme field curvature beneficial, but Christopher Frost  does not agree outside of subject photography and portraiture
  • Very low barrel distortion
  • Very little vignetting
  • Stop down to f/2, and all vignetting is gone
  • Focus down to 50cm
  • Image quality close-up takes a huge hit, but is excellent by f/2.8
  • Lots of flaring and glaring
  • Chroma smearing in the dark is an issue in the dark until you stop down to f/2
  • Sun stars at f/11 but not great
  • Bokeh is on the smooth side of average
  • LoCA goes away by f/2.8
  • Lens has lots of potential and you will have to think about field portraiture, unless doing subject or portrait photography

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