Facebook Amanda Peixoto-Elkins Shoots With Tokina 50mm f1.4

Tokina USA contacted me with an exciting opportunity to be the first US portrait photographer to test out their new 50mm 1.4 FF opera lens.  I put together a fun concept and took that baby out for a ride.  I have not used a 50mm in so long.  And I did a full shoot with just it.

Exposure: 1/800 sec; F/1.4; ISO 100 MANUAL
This project gave me goose bumps because it was like going back to the very beginning of my career.  When I first started photography back in 2006, the Canon 50mm 1.4 was my only lens. I was obsessed with how beautifully it captured natural light. Fast forward to the beginning of my work with actors and magazines, I somehow completely moved away from the 50mm with the exception of rare uses here and there for family photos, trips and such.
Exposure: 1/1000 sec; F/1.4; ISO 100 MANUAL

What a beautiful piece of art this lens is! I shot wide open at f/1.4 for both close ups, and full length shots and it performed beautifully!

Exposure: 1/1000 sec; F/1.4; ISO 100 MANUAL
And the sharpness of these images? Unreal!  At low light, after the sun had set, I was able to shoot at 1.4 aperture, 1/80 sec… hand held and it still was tack sharp. It is so great that even in very low light conditions, I can capture really high quality images because of the wide aperture.
Exposure: 1/1600 sec; F/1.4; ISO 100 MANUAL
Also, it has very little to no distortion, so it’s quite flattering for portrait photography. This lens is such a versatile lens! A portrait photographer’s dream, really!  The shallow depth of field gives that yummy, dreamy and creamy look that I love. It brings the full attention to your subject because of its incredible foreground to background separation.
Exposure: 1/400 sec; F/1.4; ISO 160 MANUAL
And from the shots I captured you can see how it helps soften the light even with direct sun light. I’m a bit rusty since I have not shot that wide for a portrait shoot in a long time, but I had a blast testing it out and look forward to shooting with the Tokina 50mm 1.4 FF opera lens again.
Exposure: 1/400 sec; F/1.4; ISO 160 MANUAL
These shots are of the beautiful Geneva Grace. See more of her at @geneva__grace on Instagram!
Exposure: 1/250 sec; F/1.4; ISO 160 MANUAL

❤️ Thank you again Tokina USA for the opportunity, trust and love!

~ Amanda Peixoto-Elkins

See more of Amanda’s work at amandaelkins.com and follow her on Instagram at @amandapeixotoelkins