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  1. #1
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    Feb 2006
    Des Plaines, IL

    Thumbs up SONY α700 and the Tokina ATX 840

    Talk about zeroing in on a subject... wow!

    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.

    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.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 10-12-2007 at 12:44 AM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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