Tokina Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 Now Available For Pre-Order

February 16, 20150 Comments



I saw this beauty at NAB and was wondering if it was ever going to ship. Now 10 months later it’s available for pre-order with shipping some time in April for a whopping $4,499.00.

The Tokina Cinema 50-135 T3.0 as I remember was a fairly light lens with a good build. The one I held was a pre-production model so I don’t know how much it has changed since NAB. The lens has the markings you would expect from a cinema lens too and yes it is parfocal and Tokina states the Cinema 50-135 T3.0 to have reduced breathing. This tells me that the lens is definitely not just a rehoused stills lens.

The format is stated as S35 however I believe it’s really an APS-C lens since the original version was. The original stills version was APS-C so not sure if they changed the optics or not. This makes it a 75-202mm equivalent in full frame 35mm. Yes it’s a long lens.

Tokina Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 with Canon EF Mount  Markings

The Tokina Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 delivers a highly versatile zoom range in a compact design. Tokina engineers have created a lens that is Parfocal, has dramatically reduced breathing and image shift, and a de-clicked, 9-bladed, curved iris for beautiful bokeh and precise exposure control. With its 1M close-focus capability, the lens allows you the freedom to capture a tight close-ups while maintaining a comfortable distance from your subject.

specifications Tokina Cinema 50-135


  • Parfocal lens design allows you to maintain precise focus while using
    the zoom control.
  • Constant T3.0 throughout the 50mm to 135mm zoom range
  • Reduced breathing so you can focus on the scene and not the lens
  • Smooth, de-clicked, 9-bladed, curved iris for beautiful
    out-of-focus areas.
  • Virtually no image shift when using the zoom control during filming
  • Aspherical elements and Super-Low Dispersion glass reduce
    distortion and increase optical performance
  • 4K Image ready
  • Durable, all-metal cine-style housing with geared manual zoom,
    focus, and aperture rings for use in follow-focus systems.
  • Common 114mm front diameter for use with a wide variety of
    matte boxes and accessories.
  • Zoom, focus, and iris markings are on both sides of the lens for
    easy viewing and more mounting/follow-focus options.
  • LDS (Lens Data System) support is possible
  • Available Mounts: PL and Canon EF

This new entry will match up well with the Tokina Cinema 16-28mm T3.0  and the Tokina Cinema 11-16mm T3.0 . Making a nice full set of cinema zooms.

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