Tremendous value for a telephoto (80-400mm) with good sharpness and clarity
6 March 2013
Summary: The Tokina 80-400mm telephoto is of tremendous value, giving you range, clarity, and a well designed lens. The focus ring is silky smooth, with a well made grip for the zoom. What really stands out is the heavy, well-built body. For the price, you're getting great range, fairly good sharpness and clarity, and an excellent addition to any photographer's collection. This is a keeper.
Summary: This lens had a good write-up but I have been very disappointed with it. It produces blurred pictures, it's movement feels "gritty" and negative and it does not focus well. I guess you get what you pay for in the end of the day!
Good lens, but think about what you're looking for
9 December 2011
Summary: Recently got this lens, and started playing with it. It's a good-looking lens, but I would think hard about what you need before you buy it. Granted, that's true for any lens, but: In terms of the initial appearance, this is a very solid lens; heavier than a Nikon consumer lens of the same size. Fully retracted (80mm focused at infinity) it's a lenscap and half a filter shorter than the Nikon 70-300.
Summary: Realizing that a purchase of a used lens is always risky, I purchased this lens. I have used it for landscape and sports. It is an excellent lens for non-moving objects, sharp in focus with excellent reproduction from the viewfinder. When shooting sports photograps it is decidely SLOW in focus making more than a single shot impossible.
Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 AF D review by ddoy2k
11 June 2010
Summary: Difficult to focus in low light but if you can get a lock on your subject, it delivers pretty sharp images with the use of external flash. This lens work great outdoor on a sunny day. In door, you will need the use of external flash to capture sharp images. Helpful to use a monopod if you do not have a steady hand, otherwise you will end up tossing out over 50% of your shots.
Pros: Affordability & Versatility [wide range of focus length]
Summary: No it doesn't have Image Stabilization. Yes it is difficult to shoot @ 400mm for the first time. I have to shoot at least 1/400 and usually try to shoot 1/640. Autofocus is noisy but usable. It's a well thought out lens - with a zoom lock @ 80mm, included hood and bag and a decent tripod mount. For the 350 i picked this lens up it's an incredible value.
Summary: I purchased this lens for greater Distance but when i spent the whole day on an excursion i had problems with this lens. It locked up on me at 200mm. I was able to get it lose but it did it again to me. also it doesn't do well with low light. This is a lens that needs a tripod to use ( which i figured that much anyways. It also has a built in colar for tripod which is a Pain getting around to adjust Distance. Also the lens hood is gigantic.
Summary: I had this lens for about two weeks and tried very hard to like it but just didn't. I have the Tokina 11-16, which I really like, so I decided to give this a try. Admittedly, cost was a big factor since the Canon 100-400 was a long way off in terms of finances. The big issue for me was softness and CA's. No matter how hard I tried, I could not get very sharp photos.