Capturing "Magic Hour" with Tokina lenses

Sep 3, 2020

The time during sunset and sunrise is called "Golden Hour". Depending on the sun position and clouds conditions, the sky may turn in yellow, red, orange colors, providing great opportunity for a photographer to capture amazing landscape.

The time when the sun gets beyond the horizon but the light barely remains in the sky is known as "Magic Hour". These special 20 minutes present a new opportunity for a dramatic shot because the color of the sky takes on different tints of blue and purple creating beautiful gradations.

Take a chance on capturing exciting landscape taking advantage of the Magic Hour using Tokina atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF and Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF lenses.

Below are 4 reasons for the suggestion:

  1. These lenses perfectly match the APS-C format DSLR cameras in terms of the price and quality Tokina lenses allow even young amateur photographers to capture that dramatic landscapes.
  2. There as easy choice as the second lens after general standard zoom kit lens.
  3. The only fast ultra wide lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras with a constant f/2.8 aperture currently on the market. That is an excellent specs for shooting landscape during the Magic Hours.
  4. Great color and gradation reproduction and superior contrast due to the CCI standard oriented optical design.

Lets explain what is CCI.

CCI had been an abbreviation since film cameras for the Color Contribution Index, that measures the light transmission values of the lens. Particularly, it is a three number system which describes the degree to which a lens is expected to change the overall color of a photograph relative to that obtained with no lens in the system.

CCI chart of the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 CF

According to the optical design measuring results CCI point turns out to be closer to Magenta, but stays within the ideal coordinates. The lens performs natural color balance with particularly enhanced blue color, that is knows as the "Tokina Blue" phenomenon.

CCI chart of the Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF

As for the Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF the measuring result appears closer to Red and Magenta, but overall performs neutral color reproduction ability along with natural color balance performance. This means that the lens provides the necessary optical specifications for capturing landscapes during the Magic Hour in the most beautiful way.

When designing optical lenses Tokina targeted CCI values that traditionally were considered the ideal numbers for film camera lenses, that are: Blue 0, Green: 5 Red: 4. Even after the digital camera era came, Tokina target stayed the same: 0-5-4. That is the reason, a lot of professional photographers from all over the world highly value Tokina lens color rendering performance, particularly admiring "Tokina Blue".

Enjoy beautiful photo gallery capturing magnificent landscapes during the Magic Hour and challenge yourself as well!

Photographer: Christophe AnagnostopoulosPhotographer: Kazuyuki HagiwaraPhotographer: Kazuyuki HagiwaraPhotographer: João PompeuPhotographer: João PompeuPhotographer: João PompeuPhotographer: JuriPhotographer: JuriPhotographer: JuriPhotographer: Manvir SinghPhotographer: Manvir SinghPhotographer: Manvir SinghPhotographer: Ryosuke TakahashiPhotographer: Toshiya OgawaPhotographer: Toshiya OgawaPhotographer: Toshiya Ogawa


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