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Old Jan 4, 2007, 8:48 PM   #1
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Hey I was reading some reviews on the Tokina AT-X 840 AF-II 80-400mm lens. It seems like a pretty good telephoto lens. Does anybody have some pics taken with this lens? I'm interesting in seeing how sharp it is at it's 400mm end. Thanks!
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Old Jan 4, 2007, 10:26 PM   #2
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My understanding is that it comes in Canon and Nikon mounts only, no Pentax. I may be mistaken, however
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Old Jan 4, 2007, 10:52 PM   #3
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Actually I was browsing around pbase when I came upon this photographer who uses the Tokina 80-400mm lens with a DS and then later a K10d. The results are quite impressive. Just wondering who else might have had some experience with this lens.

http://www.pbase.com/tcom/image/71121860
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Old Jan 4, 2007, 11:42 PM   #4
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Look Here!

http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/rev...okina80400.htm

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Old Jan 5, 2007, 12:08 AM   #5
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Yup. Read through that already. Thanks.
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Old Jan 5, 2007, 12:34 AM   #6
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Hi Royce,

I've got one of those (the AFII with the tripod mount and bayonet hood). I was able to win an auction from the UK just after they went out of stock everywhere except China last January.

It's a nice lens -- well built like all Tokina AT-Xs, and relatively small for the FL. It does get pretty big at the long end of the zoom range though. It's a bit soft past 300mm, but the images take well to sharpening in PP. There is some CA and PF wide open, but this improves when stopped down a little (as does the softness).

Bottom line, it's better than the Sigma 135-400 overall IMO, and smaller and lighter. I stumbled across a great deal on an FA*300/4.5 about a month later, so the Tokina doesn't get the call that often, as I prefer the FA* with a TC for both portability and IQ, but a very long tele zoom does come in handy sometimes.

Here are a few shots taken right after I got it. Not the greatest subject -- sparrows -- but they are always around when I need 'em. . .

These were all shot with a DS -- ISO 800, f6.3, Natural Mode, +1 sharpness, contrast and saturation 0. All at 400mm, straight from the camera, just resized.

@1/1000 sec



@ 1/800 sec


and @ 1/500 sec


As I said, a very competent lens, IMO. Cheaper, lighter and smaller than anything else out there giving 400mm @ f5.6

I'm thinking that Tokina is going to start introducing more lenses in Pentax mount, or at least I hope that's the plan. . .or maybe with the cooperation between Tokina and Pentax and the Hoya thing, there might be a Pentax version somewhere down the line.

Hope this helps.

Scott

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Oh yeah, the AF is pretty slow with the DS, but that's to be expected with a max aperture of f5.6 and the difficulty of handholding such a long lens -- haven't tried it with the K10 yet, but I expect it'll be worlds faster.

Scott

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Old Jan 5, 2007, 1:01 AM   #7
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Thanks Scott for the in depth review. Those pics look pretty dang sharp coming straight out of the camera. Hrm, too bad they aren't available new anymore. I guess I'll just sit tight with my sigma 70-300 until some new lenses comes down the pentax pipeline.
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Old Jan 5, 2007, 7:33 AM   #8
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Hi,

The only other choice you have is the Sigma 80-400mm. Now if they only lowered the price.... I am curious to see what the Phoenix/Cosina 100-400mm pics look like.

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Rudy,

AFAIK, the Sigma 80-400 has never been available in Pentax mount, and even if it was, at @ 2x the price of the Tokina, it wouldn't be a viable alternative for me.

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This is the first version, no trpod collar.

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