I’ve been using my Tokina 400mm f/5.6 ever since I bought it as an alternative to my Canon 100-400mm as that lens was getting a bit to expensive for the amount of time I was using it. Here is my test video, which shows how Tokina performs against the 10 times more expensive Canon. In the end the result were not different enough for me to stick with Canon. The Tokina is quite compact for 400mm lens, has a great, smooth focusing ring and nice optical performance. This quick video shows what it’s capable off. It does have some chromatic aberration and flares easier than Canon, but in right lighting conditions it performs beautifully and definitely worth it’s money.
Note, the one I have is a Canon EF mount, so only works with Canon DSLRs. On a plus side you get auto-focusing for stills. If you want to use such lens with different cameras go for Nikon mount, which has aperture adjustment ring on the actual lens, however don’t expect auto-focusing for stills unless you’re using it on Nikon camera.
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