Tokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF: a new catadioptric lens

back to talking about catadioptric lenses with the arrival on the market of the new solution of Tokina. It is not the first time that the company has presented a model based on this structure: an example is the 400 mm F8 presented in mid-2020. Now the manufacturer has also announced the new Tokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF go a little further with the maximum focal length.

Thanks to the structure of catadioptric lenses, it is possible to combine lightness, overall weight reduction and affordable overall cost. On the other hand, it loses brightness overall, as also evidenced by the names of the two models Tokina listed above. For those looking for a lens with a good focal length (maybe like “optional addition” to his fleet of lenses) and who shoots where it is possible to have good lighting but on the other hand has a limited budget, catadioptric models could interest him.


The characteristics of the Tokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF

The new catadioptric lens we thought, according to the Japanese manufacturerfor those who take photos while traveling in nature and bird watching. Emphasis is particularly placed on the fact that these models are lighter than conventional lenses while having a good focal length. Especially the new Tokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF goes up to 500mm against the 400 mm of the previous model.


The optical design uses a 7-element structure divided into 7 groups. Focusing is manual, which reduces complexity, cost and weight. This model is also suitable for full-frame and full-frame and MQT cameras. The opening of diaphragm is fixed and set to f/8 while the minimum focusing distance is 1.7 meters.


To improve the quality of the images produced, there is a multi-layer coating. On this model, it is also possible to use filters with a diameter of 30.5 mm (rear) or 72 mm (front). The dimensions of this lens are 74 x 89 mm with a weight of only 310 grams. Thanks to the structure of Tokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF a variety of mounts can be used, including Canon EF, Fujifilm X, MQT, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Sony E and T mounts.


The availability indicated by the manufacturer is February 18, 2022 but the final price has yet to be revealed. However, we know that the 400mm model has a market price of around $250 and so a slightly higher price is expected for the 500mm one (which shares some of the features).

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