Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 D

Last updated (18 March’13):
– Review by Lenstip

The Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 D features 80-400mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6. The lens construction has 16 elements in 10 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 29° 50’. Closest focusing distance at 2.5m (8.2 ft.) and has a filter size of 72mm. The Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 D lens weighs 1020 g (35.9 oz..) and it measures 3.1 in. (79mm) in diameter and 136.5 mm (5.4in.) long.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Expert Reviews

Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 D Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 D and writes;
“Looking at a really low chromatic aberration level at 80 mm we can stop wondering why the lens performed there so well at the frame edge. The aberration is practically imperceptible.. In the 80-300 mm range the light fall-off in the frame corners won’t be bothersome practically in any conditions. At 80 mm even wide open the vignetting amounts to just 10% (-0.30 aperture value).”
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Fotoscar reviews the Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 D and writes;
“The results were absolutely good: vibrant colors, good definition (not over the top, but quite good) and no vignetting that cannot be recover in Photoshop Lightroom. The results of that work were put in one of those books of the iPhoto Apple Store and I ordered several copies to distribute between family and friends. The results were great and much beyond the standard candy pictures of a point and shoot camera or even basic dSLR.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 D and writes;
“Flare and ghosting is well controlled by this lens. Strong point sources of light can cause a linear flare pattern across the image area, but only in exceptional circumstances, The supplied hood does a sterling job of shielding the front element, ensuring contrast is retained well.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Popphoto reviews the Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 D and writes;
“With the right focal length range for distance (think wildlife and sports), this lens is unusual for being about the only 80-400mm zoom that isn’t image-stabilized.That makes it much less expensive. If you’re on a limited budget and want a sharp, well-built, tele zoom, give this lens a look, especially if you’re a big filter fan.”
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Features & Specifications

Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 D Specifications

In 1996 Tokina created a new class of telephoto lens when it introduced the original AT-X 840 AF. This was the smallest zoom lens available that had a bright f/5.6 aperture at 400mm. Now Tokina has recreated the lens for the digital age.

Still the smallest SLR lens available that zooms to 400mm, the AT-X 840 AF D has a smooth and quick internal focusing system that means the all-metal inner barrel that houses the heaviest glass elements does not have to rotate when the lens focuses, making it much faster than the previous models.

Optically, the AT-X840 AF D has new multi-coatings applied to the elements that are formulated to compensate of the highly reflective CCD and CMOS sensors in today’s Digital SLR cameras. The new multi-coating greatly reduces the chance of internal flare or ghost reflections.

A built-in low-profile tripod collar makes for a well-balanced camera/lens combination when using a tripod or monopod. For best results, Tokina always recommends using a tripod or monopod with telephoto lenses.

Another feature that makes the AT-X 840 AF D an excellent traveling companion is the zoom lock switch. The zoom can be locked at 80mm to so there is not chance of “zoom creep” when the camera and lens are being carried over the shoulder.

Tokina kept ease of use in mind with the new AT-X 840 AF D, the new BH-725 lens hood with the a PL Assist spring loaded thumb wheel allows a circular polarizer or special effects filter to be rotated while the lens hood is in place. No more removing the hood to change the position of the filter.

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