Summary: This Tokina 80-400/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840D Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon is more than worthy of four (4) stars. I actually "own" this lens as opposed to some of the more casually reviewers who just like to review equipment. I have taken over 500 wildlife photos with this lens and the results are amazing.
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.
Summary: I had this lens for a few months and tested it at different focal lengths. Here is the break down of things I find about this lens: Pros: 1. It is the cheapest and lightest lens available for nikon lens at 400mm. 2. The build is solid. 3. The lens hood has a little wheel for you to rotate the filter when you have such as a cpl filter on the lens with the hood on. 4. There is a ring attached to the lens so that you can rotate the camera+lens on a tripod easily. 5.
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.
Summary: I bought this lens last year and I have been using it since then. I use it virtually indoors and outdoors preferably "sunny". I must admit, I am using my SB800 flash when I am indoor. This lens is a perfect match with the Nikon D300 you can play with the setting you like. Manual setting will give the best exposure in my own experience. For me the lens works very well with manual setting. Use a monopod when using it in events, your arm will get tired.
Summary: I was looking a walk around lens in the 70-300mm range and came across this one in Andorama's used list at a price I couldn't pass up. This is a solid well-built lens. The only plastic is the lens cap and hood. Short and compact, very light for a lens of this range. The zoom is tight but smooth with no binding anywhere. My copy has absolutely no zoom creep it stays at whatever focal length it's set at pointed up or down.
Summary: I bought the Tokina 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 AT-X-840D lens from Amazon just after Christmas. I already had a Canon (not L series!) 75-300mm f4-5.6 III Ultrasonic zoom lens (purchased second hand rom Amazon in October last year). I have not had much chance (due to weather) to explore the Tokina's full potential, but couldn't resist carrying out a basic comparison test with the Canon Lens. Both lenses are NOT image stabilised.