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

reviewer#7798 date: Aug-9-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.9
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:Beercan
Tamron 70-200 f2.8
Minolta 100-300xi
price paid:220GBP
negative:Soft at the long end
comment:Starts off fairly sharp wide open at shorter focal lengths. As you get over 200mm it starts to soften up until you get to 400 where it's soft. Stopping down helps. F8 is really pretty good up to 300 and more. 400 needs at least F11 to be vaguely sharp. As a sharpness rating something like 4 under 200, 3.5 for 200-300+ and 2.5 for 400.

But... some sharpening in PP works wonders.

Colours are really nice. A huge lens hood helps with flare (but get the sub in the frame and flare appears).

Despite the softness at the long end its lack of size and weight makes it as portable as a 75-300 and as a 75-300 (OK an 80-300) it's not bad at all, and of course you get a very usable 300-400 as a bonus.

Note: just like my other 2 Tokina lenses it has the same lens ID so uses the same -11 micro adjustment that the other two share. But, doesn't need it, so some manual fiddling is needed.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania