Tokina atx-m 33mm f/1.4 E - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews - Sony Alpha/NEX (APS-C)

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published January 2022


So to finalize our little tour of Tokina's new gang of three prime lenses, let's have a look at the Tokina atx-m 33mm f/1.4 E. Just like its cousins - the 23mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4 - it probably shares most of its genes with a corresponding lens over at Viltrox. Still, it adds a more recognized brand and more local service centers to the value proposition. It is equivalent to a standard prime lens on APS-C cameras with a correspondingly broad amount of applications. Available for around $400USD or 320EUR, it is one of the more accessible prime lenses on the market.

Given the similarities with the other two Tokina lenses, we can pretty much repeat our summary about the build aspects here. The overall quality is very good indeed. Most of the lens body is made of metal, including the large focus ring. It also features a dedicated, step-less aperture ring. This may not be ideal for photography purposes but is preferred by video makers. You can, of course, also control the aperture via the camera when setting the aperture ring to A-mode. The length of the lens remains constant throughout the focus range. A petal-shaped lens hood - made of metal - is provided.

The lens uses a stepping motor for auto-focusing. It isn't the fastest around but noiseless. Manual focusing works, as usual, by wire. EXIF data is provided thus it's compatible with camera-side image stabilizers. On the downside, there is no built-in correction profile therefore, you have to rely on the raw optical capabilities of the lens in JPEG mode. Updates to the lens' firmware are also possible via a USB port on the lens mount.

Equivalent focal length (full-format)"51mm"
Equivalent aperture (depth-of-field, full-format)"f/2.1"
Optical construction10 elements in 9 groups inc. 1xSD element
Number of aperture blades9 (rounded)
min. focus distance0.4m (max. magnification 1:10)
Filter size52mm
Hoodpetal-shaped (bayonet mount, supplied)
Other featuresMicro-USB connector for firmware updates
MountsFujifilm X, Sony E

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