Tokina 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 AF-II A-mount lens review by redmalloc

reviewer#3056 date: Dec-9-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100-300 APO
price paid:350 US$
positive:Reasonable Sharpness
comment:Edited my review after some more experience.

My shooting style doesn't rely on telephoto lenses much, but I have been trying to do more with them recently.

This lens came to me in like new condition, but used. The build is excellent and this makes it reasonably heavy. When shooting at 400mm I have a hard time keeping it stable. It has a very nice soft case and a big hood.

The zoom lock is ok for me, It is a funny tiny switch on this reasonably big lens though. Mine has very little zoom creep, but the zoom lock is still a nice convenience when carrying it around.

As far as sharpness goes, I think mine is reasonable even wide open.

VS the Minolta 100-300APO: I'd say the sharpness wide open at 300mm is about the same. The APO is maybe slightly sharper and with less CA.

400mm doesn't lose so much sharpness then at 300mm but does adds even more CA which leads to a noticeably worse image quality. Looking very critically in high contrast areas it looks almost like a color separated double image.

Auto focus is not fast, but it also isn't bad. I have not directly compared, but it seems faster than the beercan.

Overall I am pleased with this lens and will probably keep it. Its build, range are its best points. Image quality is acceptable imho. I look forward to shooting more with it.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.00
  • color: 4.33
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.37 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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