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.
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.
Summary: I choose one star less than a perfect 5 because there was no manual included with the lens. Not being familiar with this type of lens and its capabilities would have made one very useful. Pictures taken using it have been crisp and clear and we really love its ability to bring in long distance objects for close up inspection. Delivery was on time and the lens arrived in very good and expected condition.