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.
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.
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 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 use this lens with my D80 and D300 and it usually performs quite nicely. It goes out of focus easily in low light with AF but most of the time does fine. Ive used it for shooting hydroplanes, airplanes, theatre, birds, landscape, and all sorts of things. I kind of wish I would have only got a 70-200 f2.8 but I got this because at 400mm it has the same f stop as the other w/ a teleconverter. Good lens for the price!
Summary: This full frame lens is brighter and has a longer focal length than the DX only Nikon 70-300VR. It's a good weight, well built lens that works well hand held. If you are using with birds, wildlife or movement VR is not so useful anyway when you need a faster shutter speed. I have used a Kenko x2 teleconverter with this lens that will not work with the slower Nikon 70-300VR. The tripod collar is solid. A great buy if you are on a budget.
Pros: Bright, Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: If this lens only had IS. I have the Canon 70-300mm DO andit's my primary lens for birds/telephoto. If you are on atight budget and want to get excellent pictures and arewilling to use a tripod then its a great choice. Picturestaken with this lens are L quality. The 80-400 range forthis size lens is unique in the industry. Multiple that by1.6 factor and you get a great value. Expertise: Advanced Problems Encountered: Requires a tripod.