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Tokina AF 80-400mm F/4. 5-5.6 AT-X 840 D Canon

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  • Feature 1 Zoom Length 80-400mm
  • Feature 2 80-400 Maximum Aperture
  • Feature 3 f//32 Minimum Aperture
  • Feature 4 A control wheel to adjust polarising filters
  • Feature 5 72mm Filter size
  • Feature 6 Zooming System Rotary type

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  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 13.6 x 7.9 cm ; 1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Item model number: AF 80-400mm
  • ASIN: B000G7PLD8
  • Date first available at 1 Jan. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,070 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Tokina created the first 80-400mm AF Lens in 1996 and when it did it created a whole new class of telephoto lenses. The latest lens the AT-X 840 is still the smallest lens to zoom to 400mm with a bright f/5.6 aperture. Perfect for traveling the New AT-X 840 has an internal focusing system which increases AF speed and responsiveness. Further updates make this lens an excellent traveling companion for a Canon or Nikon DIGITAL or FILM SLR camera.------The optics incorporate SD (APO) glass to give clear sharp images and an internal flare cutting design removes unnecessary light (flare). To further eliminate unwanted stray light and flare Tokina always recommends using the included lens hood for best results.

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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. At 1,095 grams (2 pound 6 ounces) the Tokina lens is much heavier than the Canon's 495 grams (1 lb). With the Tokina fitted, my Canon 1000D DSLR weighs 2.2 Kilos (4 lbs 12 ounces). However the camera is still comfortable to carry long distances though. The Tokina lens came with a fitted lens hood, (which is a little bit fiddly to lock into place), You can reverse it and store it on the actual lens. (Hood for the Canon is an extra). The front lens (on both Canon & Tokina) rotate as they focus, however, the Tokina lens hood is fitted with an ingenious sprung rubber wheel, which you press down with your finger, to turn a filter (when fitted). Both lenses are easy to fit onto the Canon 1000D. Both "snap" into focus quickly. The Canon is a bit quieter, but has quite a bit of side to side "play" in the barrel when it's extended (this could be due to wear though). They both "hunt" for focus a bit - when the light is poor - or if one is focusing skyward on a distant bird or aeroplane. (the 1000D camera has a "focus lock" setting which is useful in preventing focus hunting). Where magnification, photo colour quality, and crispness is concerned, (bearing in mind the poor light in which I compared them), the Tokina wins - but only by a small margin. (there is little difference in quality when images are cropped).Read more ›
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Fantastic lens for the price,but a bit heavy!. Make sure to lock the zoom while moving.
Image quality good, but does tend to seek for focus, especially when the light is fading.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact , Quality, Well Priced Lens 5 April 2007
By Manny - Published on
I bought this lens after trying a tameron 100-500 and returning it to the store I bought it at. I exchanged the Tameron for the Tokina 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 AT-X 840D, a hoodman loupe, a 72mm uv filter, and a tamerac adventure9 camera bag. That was the difference in price. I am happy to say am very happy with this lens. Its build quality is rock solid, and the size is very convenient to carry around. I have been testing it for a few days and am very happy with the pictures I have been getting. The auto focus in good light is very good in very low light it tends to hunt a bit, but that's alright with me I didn't buy it for low light photography. At 400mm and no image stabilizing function you definitely need to use a tripod mono-pod or a been bag to keep it steady. I would recommend this lens.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One compact beauty with strong IQ. 21 Nov. 2009
By Paul Johnson - Published on
I've owned this lens for about 6 months now and continue to be amazed at the image quality from this super compact beauty. In fact I owned the Canon 100-400L at the same time so have a great basis of comparison. AF speed is the same for both. The IS on the Canon was nice, but at this focal length I generally use my monopod or other support aid and the IS didn't produce better images at 400mm. I have counted hairs on my Golden Retreiver's tail and thread stitches in an American flag with great color saturation handheld at 400mm with this lens. I shoot my kids outdoor sports and have since sold the Canon as the images from this lens are at least equal and the lens is much more compact and travels so nicely. I have a lot of L glass and this is my only Tokina. Build quality is superb.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh, don't expect too much. 30 Jan. 2010
By somedude74 - Published on
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. I have a Canon 70-200 f/4L non-is, and I could consistently get better cropped photos at 200mm that were better than any from the Tokina. I did a lot of testing at different apertures and just could not find a real sweet spot. Even at f/4, the Canon 70-200 was better than the Tokina at f/8 and at any focal length.

One other issue I found with the lens was that it is a front focusing lens. This would cause the image to loose more sharpness because the end of the lens would droop causing part of the image to go out of focus.

It is very possible that I got a bad copy. My biggest gripes:

-Front focusing;
-CA's and purple fringing pretty bad, if you are shooting water fowl, look elsewhere;
-Heavy for size;
-Images not very sharp
-I don't recall the term, but if you are shooting towards the sun, the flaring is HORRIBLE!

Tokina makes a solid feeling lens and the lens is very compact and could make a good travel telephoto.

My suggestion is to look at other telephotos.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lens and service 29 Dec. 2013
By Ben Teeples - Published on
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. An operator manual was obtained on line and we couldn't be more happy with the purchase and service provided.
5.0 out of 5 stars It is very light and good price. It is my replacement for an old ... 23 July 2016
By David H. - Published on
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It performs very well with my Canon cameras. It is very light and good price. It is my replacement for an old missing Tokina 80-400 f/4.5-5.6. I highly recommend it to my friends.
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