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

15 May 2010
Arkadiusz Olech

3. Build quality

When we take the Tokina 80-400 mm into our hand two things stick out at once. Firstly, we will be pleasantly surprised that its dimensions don’t differ much from other stabilized Canon and Nikon 70-300 mm lenses. It is true for both minimum and maximum focal length setting which can be seen very well in the pictures below.

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

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



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The second thing is the build quality. It is already the AT-X series standard that the Tokina makes an impression of a solid, armoured and virtually indestructible instrument. A sturdy tripod collar, included in the accessory kit, and two comfortable rings – a zoom ring and a manual focus ring, which work very correctly - make that impression even stronger.

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

When it comes to the inner construction the Tokina boasts 16 elements in 10 groups and a floating inner sharpening system – because of that the heavy front element doesn’t rotate on focusing and the process itself is faster than in the previous version of this model. Additionally we get an 8-diaphragm blades aperture which can be stopped down to f/32-f/40 and new multi-coatings applied to the elements that are formulated to compensate of the specific CCD and CMOS sensors’ demands in today’s Digital SLR cameras.

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


It is also worth mentioning that the lens ends with a 72 mm filter thread and the buyer, apart from a tripod adapter, gets a lens hood included in box.