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LENS PORN: Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4
Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4 


The Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4. As of now, I already had 3 copies of this lens -- in Konica AR mount, Pentax K mount, and TX/Minolta MD mount. Made in 1983, 1985 and 1979 respectively. It's a pretty common push-pull telephoto zoom lens with constant maximum aperture and high quality optics from Tokina. This old lens will surely beat today's telephoto zoom lenses in terms of constant maximum aperture at f/4, optical quality, and PRICE/VALUE FOR MONEY.


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My Copies


My first copy was in Konica AR mount. K/AR has the same mount as Nikon so I was able to directly mount it without an adapter on my D5200. The only difference was flange distance, so at first the lens won't focus to infinity. What I did was to make an adjustment on the 'barlow' so that it would move closer to the sensor and therefore the same 46.50mm flange distance as a Nikon F mount. That solved it. (Click here to see the photo album.)




My second copy was in Pentax K mount. It was easy to convert to a Nikon mount since all I did was to replace the mount/plate and also adjusted the barlow to match that of Nikon F flange distance. (Click here to see the photo album.)




My third copy is in Minolta MD mount. It was made in 1979 and there are slight differences in the markings. For example, the distance marks were in forest green vs the later Tokina lenses with sky blue markings. All other features were the same. (Click here to see the photo album.)


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SPECS


Tokina RMC 80-200 mm f/4

Min. Focusing Distance: 6.3ft / 1.9m

Focus Throw: 180 degrees

Filter Thread Size: 55 mm

Aperture Range: f/4 - f/22

Made in Japan

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

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Summary


For

Sharp from 80-200mm

Constant maximum aperture of f/4

Compact and lightweight

Push-pull design is nice for capturing fast action scenes

Exhibits good contrast and color rendition

Performs well in strong backlit scenes (eg. sun in the background)

Flare is decently controlled



Neutral

It might be hard to find one that comes in the mount your camera uses. I had to convert to use them on my D5200. Or you can easily buy an adapter.

Minimum Focusing Distance is 6 feet, which is pretty much where you would use the lens anyway (eg. events, wildlife, surveillance, etc.). If you need to do macro, you might as well get an extension tube or a screw in macro filter.

It is 100% manual focus. If you have poor eyesight, you might struggle in focusing.



Against

You need to re-adjust the focus after zooming

Zoom creep

Filter thread size of 55mm. Most filters I can find are 52mm or 58mm, so I had to order online just to get this size.

Front filter thread rotates while focusing



Conclusion

The Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4 will always give you value for money. It's very inexpensive but will still give you more pleasant results than modern day variable aperture telephoto zoom lenses that cost 5x as much to buy. Fuck it.

The advantages its bigger sibling can give you are the closer focusing (4 feet), more range (70-210mm), and a brighter maximum aperture (f/3.5). The only setback is that it fetches a higher selling price.

Both siblings are very sharp and have good optical quality, but the Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4 would win if you compare size/compactness, performance at their widest aperture, and performance at the longer end of 200mm. The 80-200 won't take much space in your bag and handheld shooting has always been a joy.

I guess the only problem you might find is getting a lens which has the mount that fits your camera. For most cameras, an adapter isn't a problem. But due to flange distance issue, I needed to do my own conversion project for the Nikon D5200.

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Further Reading






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Samples

Shot with Nikon D5200.
All samples here are unedited.
No filters used. Some photos used with hood.

Camera Settings:
Size - Basic/Small
White Balance - Preset
Picture Profile - SD (Standard)
HRD/ADL/Flash/Noise Reduction - Off



Samples from my K/AR mount
(Made in 1983. You might notice this copy has a bit of soft contrast and pale colors)

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4
200mm

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4
200mm



Samples from my Pentax K mount
(This copy shows more vivid colors and more contrast. It was made in 1985.)

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4
80mm

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4
200mm

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4
80mm

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4
200mm

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4



Samples from my Minolta MD mount - Freelensing only
(This copy was made in 1979. It shows nice color, sharpness and contrast.)

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4
Freelensing at 80mm

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4
Freelensing at 200mm

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4

Tokina RMC 80-200mm f/4


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