Tokina Opera 50mm F/1.4 Review (Nikon F-Mount)
UPDATE 2019-05-15 -> Adobe just released a lens profile for Opera 50mm F/1.4 in the latest update of May 2019 (LR Classic 8.3 / Camera Raw 11.3)
*Important Notice : The review is based on an early pre-production model that I had in my disposal from Tokina in order to prepare a talk show for Photokina 2018 and also create a portrait project with this lens. The review is currently ongoing and will be updated upon the arrival of the production model.
** Please note that because the lens was pre-production there wasn’t any lens profile applied while processing the photos.
Tokina back at the end of February 2018, officially announced the development of a new premium series of lenses for DSLR users called “Opera” and the first to come is the new Tokina Opera 50mm F/1.4, a premium full-frame lens for high end DSLR users. Specifically for Nikon cameras, this lens is the first from Tokina to use an electronic aperture system which provides more accurate and precise aperture control. The lens was officially released at 21st of September 2018.
When I learned about the development of this lens I was very excited and I wanted to test and use it on the demanding (in terms of glass) sensor of my Nikon D850 !
The new lenses that comes into market these days must be able to perform more than excellent because the demanding high end sensors of our time will reveal any fault on the lens design and of its optical quality.
After receiving the lens, I immediately started using it nearly in everything, from portraits to weddings, even on landscape and astrophotography !
(Nikon D850 – Opera 50mm lens @ f/1.4, 30sec & ISO 400)
And suddenly, after almost more than three (3) months of using it, I realized that I haven’t used any other lens since attaching it on my camera ! I haven’t even once removed it from my camera !
What immediately amazed me from day one was its amazing optical quality and the phenomenal image sharpness at f/1.4 ! The lens can handle with ease the resolution of the Nikon D850 !
Even when used at f/1.4 aperture, the lens is razor sharp, producing superb crisp details and crystal clear ! I also really loved the “cinematic” feeling, almost a “3D rendering” if I may say it, of the photos captured with Opera 50mm, which is rare on modern day lenses !
Lens Sharpness at f/1.4 – Sample from “Shadows of Opera” Project – (Nikon D850 – Opera 50mm lens @ f/1.4, 1/800 & ISO 64)