SONY α700 and the Tokina ATX 840
Talk about zeroing in on a subject... wow! :eek:
I was finally able to get my hands on a Tokina AT-X 840 AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens. I have been after one of these babies for nearly a year ... and then, it just showed up. Yeah ... and pigs are flyin', tonight!
I have noticed that a lot of people try to compare it to a 70-300mm lens, but it shoot significantly longer, effectively going from 120mm to a full 600mm, faster to focus and weighs about 33 ounces, doing it. The lens housing is all metal, not plastic. :p
It just seems more useful in the Tamrac "Velocity" bag, mounted on the α700 and accompanying the 18-250mm and the 90mm Macro. It's a bit smaller and brighter doing the long shots than the TAMRON 200-500mm f/5-6.3 or f/6.9 was, but not nearly as sharp. That long lens is clearly outstanding for focus and clarity. On a clear, sunny day ... I really do miss the longer glass. "Convenience" is the watchword with this 80-400mm lens, in the field.
The minimum focus distance is serious, though. It is 8.2-feet, unlike the 70-300mm, which is only 5-feet. If I am shooting closer, the 90mm or 18-250mm is going to have to make do. The 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 gets to within 18-inches ... the 90mm f/2.8 MACRO within 3 inches!
Couple the SONY "Super SteadyShot" with the lens ... and you are at 1/30 sec with no problem, perhaps even more (like 1/20 sec!).
Price-wise, at this point in time, I got the 80-400 for about twice what the 70-300 costs. The trade-off for a mere $150 ... yeah, I'd say it was worth it. People have paid a lot more for this lens and been quite happy with their purchase.
I'll need some more time with it to truly appreciate what it can or cannot do, but it looks pretty good, so far. Goodness knows, it's on a great camera. :cool:
Not perfect, but here's the zoom ratio (5x)
Just a little comparison ... ad hoc zoom
The images are resized ... this is just for an apparent ratio display.
It's got reach. Optical zoom over digital enhanced zoom ... everytime. :D
The Canon-version is out there ... all new and improved
Tokina does make a new and improved version of the AT-X 840 for both Canon and Nikon (<- click here for link to mfr). It is called the AT-X 840 AF D.
Originally Posted by TheObiJuan
It is readily available on the Internet for roughly around $580. Good luck with it ... you may just love it.