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06-29-2007, 09:35 AM   #1
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80-400 F4.5-5.6 Tokina

Anybody know anything about this lens? It's an ATX designation which is supposedly Tokina's "premium" grade.

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06-29-2007, 11:27 AM   #2
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The Tokina 80-400 exists in three version:

ATX: without tripod collar.
ATX-II: with tripod collar and better IQ due to ED glass. This was the last one available in Pentax mount, difficult to find today.
ATX-D: newest version but never released in Pentax mount.

I have the ATX-II and find it a great lens. Built like a tank, good IQ for a consumer zoom, reasonable size and weight. I have a lot of photos taken with this lens under Botswana Photo Gallery by Dominique Schreckling at pbase.com.

Hope I could help

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07-06-2007, 02:00 AM   #3
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Hi!

According to the test from optyczne.pl (in Polish, alas!), Tokina 80-400 is a great lens only in the 80-300 range. Above this range is much weaker: enormous CA and problematic sharpness.
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Do you know which version has been tested (ATX, ATX-II) ?

This photo at 400mm does not really look soft to me:


The following photo is available in full size (taken at 330mm):
Tokina 80-400@330mm JPG photo - Dominique Schreckling photos at pbase.com

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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
Anybody know anything about this lens? It's an ATX designation which is supposedly Tokina's "premium" grade.

NaCl(wondering if it's worth my while)H2O
If you need a long and versatile zoom this one is good. It looses some of the definition at the long end, it's a metal construction and nothing like the plastic Pentax consumer zooms (expect some weight), AF is a little on the slow side.

The ATX II model has a tripod collar (at least mine had), maybe Dominique did a typo.

Richard Day, who posts here from time to time, has a gallery showing pictures taken with this lens at different focal lengths:
Tokina AT-X 80-400mm AFII Photo Gallery by Richard Day at pbase.com

Salty; I think it boils down to if the speed is enough for you.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonas B Quote
The ATX II model has a tripod collar (at least mine had), maybe Dominique did a typo.
Oh, you are right, I made a typo. ATX-II has a tripod collar (corrected now in the post).
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I've got the second version of this lens and have been pleased with it, though, for me, it's kind of heavy. A gallery of shots is here:Tokina 80-400mm Photo Gallery by betsypdx at pbase.com
Here are a couple at 400mm - I find the sharpness at that length just fine for my use.
Handheld - 1/500s - at 400mm - f8


Handheld - 1/60s - no SR - at 400mm - f8


If you can find it for a good price, go for it.
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As I wanted to post quite some photos taken with this lens, I prefered to put them in the photo thread of this forum. The post can be found under: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/9232-some-tokina-80-400-atx-ii-shots.html

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Thanks everybody for your input. Alas it looks like this lens will be unavailable after all, but don't feel bad for me, I got a 77mm ltd instead

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tcom wrote: Do you know which version has been tested (ATX, ATX-II) ?


Hi!

The full name of tested lens:

Tokina AT-X 840 AF D(AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6)
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One of the guys in the FordForum uses the Tokina 80-400 ATX-II lens with his Canon for fast moving motorsport shots.

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Some awesome pans in there ... but really it comes down to the person behind the camera that takes the shots.
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