Tokina FíRIN 20mm f/2 FE AF - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Images

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Exposure1/500s

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ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Exposure1/800s

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ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Exposure1/400s

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Exposure1/320s

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Exposure1/30s

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Exposure1/80s

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Exposure1/60s

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Exposure1/30s

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ISO Speed400
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/2.0
Exposure1/60s

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/2.0
Exposure1/4000s

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Exposure1/1000s

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/11.0
Exposure1/500s

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed400
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Exposure1/1600s

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ISO Speed400
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Exposure1/1600s

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ModelILCE-7RM2
ISO Speed500
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/2.0
Exposure1/60s

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ISO Speed500
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/2.0
Exposure1/50s

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ISO Speed200
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Exposure1/25s

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ISO Speed500
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/2.0
Exposure1/125s

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ISO Speed400
Focal Length20.0mm
Aperture:f/10.0
Exposure1/1000s

Competition

As far as the competition is concerned, two lenses come into mind - the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART (center) and the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 (to the right). Even though the Sigma & Zeiss are shown with their lens hood, it should be immediately obvious that the Tokina is the smallest of the gang. Generally, while in a similar price range, we weren't all that impressed by the Sigma in our Canon EOS test but if speed is all that counts, it is a ... ridiculously big ... option. Keep in mind that the Sigma is really a DSLR design that has been adjusted for mirrorless use - which is a little cheap, to be honest. The Zeiss is obviously wider but slower. Performance-wise it has quite some appeal albeit you will have to pay the usual Zeiss premium for it. The Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 (not shown) is a natural competitor to the Tokina FíRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF but, again, it resides in a very different price league.

Visual comparison courtesy of camerasize.com.

Verdict

The Tokina FíRIN 20mm f/2 FE AF combines many qualities that we like on prime lenses - thus it is faster than zoom lenses and capable of delivering a very high performance, mostly at least. The most impressive quality is the sharpness in the wider center zone even at large aperture settings. However, the image corners are soft at f/2. While this is pretty much irrelevant for shallow depth-of-field photography, it is not ideal for astrophotography for instance. The outer image field improves nicely at f/4 and it is very sharp if not excellent in the sweet zone between f/5.6 and f/8. The field curvature, often a problem with ultra-wide lenses, is very moderate. Image distortions, as well as CAs, are very low. The vignetting is a bit on the high side at f/2. However, most will prefer to leave image auto-correction activated which will care about most of this. A surprise is the high quality of the bokeh. Most ultra-wide lenses have a rather rough characteristic here but the Tokina is better than most. Flare can be an issue in difficult scenes.

The build quality follows a Tokina tradition by relying on an all-metal body and a smooth focus ring. Unfortunately, weather-sealing is missing. The AF may rely on a ring-type ultrasonic motor but don't expect light speed. It's rather sufficiently fast for a lens in this class. Sony's DMF, as well as in-body OSS, are supported. The Tokina FíRIN 20mm f/2 FE AF illustrates how mirrorless prime lenses should be - compact and light-weight and that's despite a comparatively fast speed. It doesn't feel alien on a small Sony camera. We hope that other manufacturers will also embrace this concept really. Combined with the impressive peak performance, the Tokina is a highly attractive option in this market segment. Tthe price may not be low but it's still fair considering the large max. aperture.



Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★

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