Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE AF review

The Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE AF is a neat ultra-wide prime for full-frame Sony cameras

Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE AF
(Image: © Tokina)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Tokina actually makes two ‘FiRIN’ 20mm F2 primes for Sony mirrorless cameras. This autofocus lens looks rather more basic and a lot less ‘hands-on’ than its manual-focus sibling. Although it’s a relatively bare-bones affair with no switches or buttons, it’s a solid performer with reasonably nippy autofocus and very pleasing image quality, making it a good choice for everything from architectural interiors to sweeping landscapes and starry night skies.


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    Wide viewing angle and aperture

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    Good build quality

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    Pleasing image quality


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    No AF-MF switch

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    No aperture ring

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    No weather-seals

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The Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE AF is one of a trio of FiRIN lenses in Tokina’s glass arsenal. The name harks back to a Gaelic word for ‘truth’. There’s a 100mm macro optic boasting full 1:1 magnification, and a dynamic duo of ultra-wide 20mm lenses. This is the autofocus model, the other being a manual-focus lens with the same f/2 aperture rating.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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