About SZ 33mm F1.2 X Lens
As you have read so far in my review, this lens has its positives as also its negatives.
Yes, it is not flawless, actually it is way off from it, but I still enjoyed shooting with it.
I particularly liked its unique character, its versatility and how easy was in the end to (quickly) acquire focus wide open, even in low light.
Speaking about low light, I also found handy that extra 1/2 stop in terms of light, especially while shooting videos at night.
On the other hand, I once more found annoying that there were no electronic contacts in the lens, I didn’t liked its coma performance and on some occasions the flaring performance.
Still, we have to keep in mind how affordable these days is to buy an F1.2 lens, even with some limitations (MF, etc).
Tokina continues to produce high quality lenses with very good to great optical performance, in affordable prices.
Both the atx-m and SZ lines of lenses offer many options, covering various focal lengths and types to assist in any possible need of a photographer.
SZ line might seem less professional to some, as so far all the lenses of this line are Manual Focusing only, but this is not the case and there is no better example than the SZ 33mm F1.2 lens.
Yes, it is manual focus, but I honestly believe that it is something that shouldn’t trouble or worry you.
With the design of the focus ring and the very helpful MF Assist Tools of Fujifilm cameras, the focusing wide open learning curve is so small that in a couple of days it will become your second nature to achieve proper focus even wide open.
I honestly hope that Tokina will continue to produce, improve (in some aspects) and offer new lenses for both atx-m and SZ series, and why not produce unique focal lengths that are not available in the market.
After all Tokina has produced some exceptional lenses through the years.
What I Expect
Personally I would love to see: a 19mm F1.2 (or F1.4), a 13mm F1.4 and a 90mm F1.4 for X mount.
Oops, I forgot the legendary 11-16mm (and 11-20mm) F2.8 ultra wide-angle zoom lens that I sincerely hope to see them reincarnated to X-Mount (with AF of course).
But also expanding these series to other mounts as well. Fast primes and ultra-wide angle lenses for Z, RF and FE mounts.
Oh, and maybe the return of the epic Tokina 90mm F2.5 Macro (a.k.a Bokina) in the digital age.