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Tokina's next Firin lens will be a 100mm macro

Tokina used Photokina 2018 to tease us with what will be the third lens in its Firin family. Arriving in 2019, the Tokina Firin 100mm f/2.8 FE AF Macro will be designed to fit Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. The full-frame macro lens will offer 1:1 image magnification.

The first two lenses in the Firin series were the Fírin 20mm F2 FE MF and Fírin 20mm F2 FE AF – manual-focus-only and autofocus lenses of the same prime design. 

The Firin 100mm FE AF Macro will be an autofocus lens. Other specifications were not released at the show, and the protototype lens was only shown hidden within a glass lens.

The lens is not expected to go on sale until late 2019.

The word Fírin is apparently a variation of Fírinne, the gaelic word for "truth". Tokina explains this 'represents a promise from Tokina to photographers to help them capture the truth in their images'.

Tokina also used the Photokina show to launch its Opera range of lenses for full-frame DSLRs, starting with the imminenet arrival of the 50mm f/1.4, which will be followed by a 16-28mm f/2.8 next year.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 8 Plus RED.