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09-08-2016, 01:25 PM   #1
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Tokina 400mm F5.6

Has anyone used this lens and if so how did it perform?

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Hi, depends on which one, there are several variants, have a look at:

Tokina Lenses for Pentax: Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

I had the one below (I think), I felt it wasn't as great as the reivews implied and sold it after a while, but definitely ok when considering the price, which I think many of the reviews do. I got mine for about $100 or a little more so I was lucky I guess, but perhaps my copy was below average as well. Anyway, if you don't have anything in that focal range and need it I'd say it's a great buy, but for me when I got the F300 4.5 I got better/similar results by enlarging, so no point to keep the larger tokina. (But that's comparing a Pentax F* to an older Tokina costing 20% of the price or or so, so not fair)

Tokina SD 400mm f/5.6 Lens Reviews - Tokina Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
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I have had both with no complaints. Had the manual focus 1st and shot with it several years. Finally found the AF version and sold the manual one.

It's a well built lens, easy to focus, AF is pretty accurate. Wide open it will PF in a heart beat, stop it down helps.
Sharpness is Fair and can be easily sharpened in post. Colors are classic Tokina, a little cool.

Manual Focus is around $200, AF $400 and up.

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If you browse around in that Gallery you'll find others.
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Thazoo that's an incredible shot. I am looking @ the ATX AF version for $400.00
I would be shooting on a K3. I wish it was faster. I understand it shoots okay @ F8 and higher. I would love the Pentax DA 300mm F2.8 but can't afford right now.

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Love mine. I have the ATX AF, got it for 350. The Autofocus is really fast, great build, sharp lens. The only issue is with the CA, so f/8 is preferrable, f/11 gets rid of most of it. It is a lens that demands a lot of light. I use it over my HD 55-300 for birding, unless I have to travel light.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mapleleaf-Mick Quote
Thazoo that's an incredible shot. I am looking @ the ATX AF version for $400.00
I would be shooting on a K3. I wish it was faster. I understand it shoots okay @ F8 and higher. I would love the Pentax DA 300mm F2.8 but can't afford right now.
Thanks.
That was shot on a K20D at ISO 800, so it had some noise to clean up. These newer bodies can shoot at ISO 1600 easily so a smaller aperture shouldn't be a problem. I've shot it at f11 and f16 without any noticeable diffraction showing up. I have an M*300 I shoot also. The Tokina's not quite as good and the colors are different. Price you found is good.
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Here's some photos from my Tokina 400 f5.6 SD + K5
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Based on the excellent feedback provided, I will purchase for $400.00. The barrel is tight, hood doesn't slide a bit and not a mark on it. Looks like it was hardly used. I notice it says "SP" on the outer barrel and "AF 400" as well as "Close Focus" on the main barrel.

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Wow fivesixnine those are some pretty impressive shots. Looks like the lens is a worthwhile purchase. Thanks for the feedback,

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Here is one of my shots with it: Squirrel's for Dinner! by ncarr - Photo 167717199 - 500px
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