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

Review Date: May 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $328.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: - Long zoom range - Crisp images up to about 350mm - Solid metal construction - Compact and easier to carry than other 400mm zooms.
- A bit soft at 400mm, but for the price, it's unbeatable. - Lens hood is somewhat loose... but perhaps that's just my lens. - Loud focusing mechanism, but that's not a big issue

Having this lens in my backpack basically eliminates my need for the 135mm and 200mm primes. This lens covers an awesome range, and it's very sharp up to about 350mm. Shots are 400mm are very usable, and at F8 they become nice and crisp.

It's a decent lens for birding, and it's superb for candid photography. For 400mm, it's reasonably fast, and the price is not bad compared to other big brand zooms.