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02-03-2010, 03:14 PM   #1
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Tokina AT-X AF 5,6/400mm SD Owners Opinions?

I recently saw this lens locally, but I can't seem to find much information about it.

I you happen to own this lens, I'd really like to know how it performs and how much it is worth.

There seem to be different variants like AF or not, SD or non-SD and so on. Some seem to have a rotating front element when focusing.

This one is the AT-X version with an SD element and AF and seems to have a built-in hood.
EDIT: Complete name is "Tokina AT-X AF 5,6/400 CLOSE FOCUS"

There are some pictures of it when a copy was in the marketplace:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/sold-items/80415-sale-%5Bsold%5D-tokina-x...00mm-lens.html

Any comments appreciated!


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I've got the atx af. Great Lens, Sharp, Good Contrast, a bit cool in color reproduction.
AF is fairly quick and accurate on K10d and K20d. Some PF at 5.6 clears when stopped down.
They're hard to find and are pricey, $450usd to $600 usd.
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I've got the atx af. Great Lens, Sharp, Good Contrast, a bit cool in color reproduction.
AF is fairly quick and accurate on K10d and K20d. Some PF at 5.6 clears when stopped down.
They're hard to find and are pricey, $450usd to $600 usd.
Interesting information. I wonder if the one I linked above is different optically. I've found very mixed opinions and am quite unsure which version is best.
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This might only help in identifying versions. I have a manual focus, KA mount lens labeled SD but not ATX, with a 72mm filter and a hood. It's internal focus, minimum distance 4 meters. It's the only 400mm lens I've ever had or am likely to own. I think it's pretty good. I do get some PF at f5.6, so I generally use f8 or smaller. It has a sliding hood and a tripod mount. Focus is nice. The tripod mount tends to loosen itself.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Noisychip Quote
Interesting information. I wonder if the one I linked above is different optically. I've found very mixed opinions and am quite unsure which version is best.
I've had both of them. Sold the Manual Focus to a forum member here. I like the ATX AF much better. The one you linked to is the ATX version.
If you go to Pbase and do a lens search you can probably find examples of both types.
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I had one and posted a review here. It was a nice lens--built like a tank and quite compact. Resolution was good but not great.
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I've had both of them. Sold the Manual Focus to a forum member here. I like the ATX AF much better. The one you linked to is the ATX version.
If you go to Pbase and do a lens search you can probably find examples of both types.
So yours is the same as the one on the photo (MP)? And it's good?
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I had one and posted a review here. It was a nice lens--built like a tank and quite compact. Resolution was good but not great.
Thanks, I have read your review (the only one on this lens, sadly) in advance. I just wasn't sure whether it's the same lens, as "SD" wasn't mentioned.

Nobody have the SD version?
EDIT: Complete name is "Tokina AT-X AF 5,6/400 CLOSE FOCUS" with "SD" on the barrel.


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So yours is the same as the one on the photo (MP)? And it's good?
Identical. And yes it's the SD on the barrel.
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Identical. And yes it's the SD on the barrel.
That's good news

As far as I can see, a price around 400-500 USD/EUR seems acceptable.

You have some great images in your pbase gallery! A hummingbird shot with a manual 300mm lens - awesome
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QuoteOriginally posted by Noisychip Quote
That's good news

As far as I can see, a price around 400-500 USD/EUR seems acceptable.

You have some great images in your pbase gallery! A hummingbird shot with a manual 300mm lens - awesome
If you get a chance try the lens on your camera.
Thanks for the comments on my gallery.
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thazooo, does the filter thread/front element on your copy rotate when focusing?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Noisychip Quote
Thanks, I have read your review (the only one on this lens, sadly) in advance. I just wasn't sure whether it's the same lens, as "SD" wasn't mentioned.

Nobody have the SD version?
EDIT: Complete name is "Tokina AT-X AF 5,6/400 CLOSE FOCUS" with "SD" on the barrel.
Yep that's what I had. I should add that I've just seen a shot taken with that lens (with the AF 1.7x TC) by the guy I sold it to. I'll just say that a good photographer can get very good results with that lens. ;~)
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thazooo, does the filter thread/front element on your copy rotate when focusing?
No, it's internal focus. No rotation and the length of the lens stays the same
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Thanks a lot guys for the information. Seems to be a lens worth buying. I might pick it up if it is still available at the store.
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