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

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Review Date: Apr 27, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $599.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: BRIGHT colors, sharp, contrasty, build quality, functional hood, great value
Cons:
None I've found yet...

Received a few days ago from Kalamazoo at a great price. I've already got a Tokina 12-24, so I knew what to expect in terms of build quality. Superb! The glass surpasses my expectations. I've also got a Canon 70-200L/f4, and it is NOT better than the Tokina. Wide open at 400/5.6, I'm getting great color and detail in the images. The tripod ring, when in the "normal" operating position, without the tripod, makes me want to contact the focus ring with my left forefinger, surprising me when the lens focuses. Turning the ring 180 degrees takes care of THAT.

I'm taking it on vacation in a few days, and will give it a more serious test. So far, I'm highly pleased.

Regards!
Don