Through this section of my reviews, I have many times expressed my thoughts, that the needs of most photographers nowadays are to have high quality and performance lenses (and cameras) with the smallest possible size factor.
With Mirrorless cameras users growing very fast, as almost all the latest camera models are offering strong solid performance and high image quality, small but capable bright aperture lenses with affordable price tags (especially after the pandemic) are potential winners, becoming easily best-sellers.
Tokina really excelled in both these aspects, delivering a solid overall performance-bright aperture lens, with the smallest possible form size, for its wide F1.4 aperture and focal length, that it can be used in both stills and video shooting.
The Tokina atx-m 56mm F1.4 X is a very exciting lens, that it can create some very beautiful photos and videos!
It is also very important that Tokina managed to maintain exactly the same physical size in the three lenses of the line-up, which practically means that a filmmaker/videographer can make use of all of them on a gimbal, with only minimal (or even none) micro-adjustments in terms of balancing!
I’m sure that those who (mostly) shoot weddings and/or events can understand how difficult and time consuming can be to change lenses when you use a gimbal during the event..
To conclude, I now wish that more lenses are coming soon in the atx-m series for the X-Mount, covering different focal lengths (ultra wide angle, macro, zoom) and sizes (pancake F2.8).