RMC TOKINA 80-200mm 1: 4. Review from the reader Radozhiva

Overview RMC Tokina 80-200 / 4 (Contax-Yashica mount) specifically for Radozhiva, prepared Rodion Eshmakov.

RMC Tokina 80-200 / 4

RMC Tokina 80-200 / 4

This is one of the common and popular lenses of the wonderful Tokina RMC line. Single-ring zoom with constant aperture Tokina RMC 80-200 / 4 was produced in versions for almost all SLR cameras: Pentax, Contax, Minolta, Nikon, Canon FD in the 1980s.

Lens type - varifocal (zoom)
Optical design - not found
Range of focal lengths - 80-200 mm
Relative bore - F / 4, constant
Filter thread - 55 mm
MDF - 1.9 m
Weight ~ 600 g
Case material - aluminum.

Features of the construct

Tokina 80-200 / 4 RMC belongs to the class of pump-action zoom lenses: focal length and focusing distance are controlled by one wide ring. This solution makes the use of the lens especially convenient.

Lens view when focusing on infinity at 80 mm

Lens view when focusing on infinity at 80 mm

Lens view when focusing at infinity at 200 mm

Lens view when focusing at infinity at 200 mm

When you change the focal length, the rear lens unit remains stationary, which eliminates the effect of a vacuum cleaner and saves the camera matrix from dust. Two internal lens blocks are movable. When focusing, the lens lengthens slightly (since focusing is carried out by the movement of internal lenses), while the front lens block rotates.

View of the lens from the bayonet side. The rear lens unit is recessed into the housing. Nearby is the C / Y-Canon EF adapter, which allows you to fully use the lens on Canon EOS cameras.

View of the lens from the bayonet side. The rear lens unit is recessed into the housing. Nearby is the C / Y-Canon EF adapter, which allows you to fully use the lens on Canon EOS cameras.

The lens has a six-petal aperture. The petals are dull, blackened and rounded, although the usual nuts appear one way or another on the covered apertures. The option with Contact-Yashik mount allows you to work with the diaphragm in full manual mode, while absolutely no additional actions are required (blocking any leash or something else). The diaphragm switches with clicks, in whole steps.

View of the closed aperture of the lens

View of the closed aperture of the lens

The lens barrel is made entirely of metal and the focusing ring is rubberized. At the same time, the lens is very light - for example, the zoom Vivitar Series 1 70-210 / 3.5 (Kiron) of a similar class is much heavier and has large dimensions. On the other hand, the lens does not have any macro mode (which the Kironov Vivitar had), while the MDF is almost 2 m - which is very inconvenient when working at short focal lengths. Despite this disadvantage, Tokina 80-200 / 4 left a very pleasant impression - its design is simple and straightforward, its use does not cause trouble, and its weight allows you to always take it with you.

Optical properties

The most important characteristic of a zoom lens is parfocal. This lens does not have it - the focal point shifts when the focal length changes. This is generally characteristic of pump-action zoom lenses and is logical: when the pump moves, it is easy to lose focus even if parfocalism is achieved. You can only try to align the lens so that the infinity mark exactly matches the focus at infinity by 200 mm. If you perform this adjustment for smaller DFs, then for 200 mm infinity will be unattainable. The alignment procedure consists of thin translational movements of the front lens unit, which is then countered by the title ring.

The picture quality can be assessed as good - Tokina RMC 80-200 / 4 forms a sharp, very contrast (Rainbow Multi-Coating helps) image with the correct color reproduction. Although 200 mm sharpness is low on an open aperture: it is reduced by software and longitudinal chromatism. The lens behaves very well at 135 mm - in this case, the FR pattern is quite pleasant, and the sharpness is still high at the open aperture. Due to the slight vignetting at the long end, the lens can twist the background in full frame. I was not able to note when using noticeable distortion.

Photos taken with the lens practically did not require processing when developing from RAW - which indicates the high optical quality of this inexpensive modest lens.


Tokina 80-200 / 4 RMC is another successful Tokina RMC lens. Excellent balance of cost and optical quality.

Thank you for your attention, Eshmakov Rodion.

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Comments: 16, on the topic: RMC TOKINA 80-200mm 1: 4. Review from the reader Radozhiva

  • Alexey

    Thanks for the review! Always interesting!

  • Igor


  • Molchanov Yuri

    thanks for the review! I met this lens at flea markets, and now I will know that you can safely buy it.

    • Rodion

      Well, I also sell this copy - I have enough TV sets) rudzil@yandex.ru

  • Alexey de Paris

    Thanks for the review, it’s shot well, albeit not enough pictures. On the crop there is good sharpness, a good unpretentious blur.

  • Onotole

    Rodion, you can dramatically improve the quality of your photographs (especially portraits) if you just keep an eye on the exposure. I bet the camera was in one of the semi-auto modes based on the lens - most likely Av. There is an obvious inability of the camera's exposure meter to work out the scenes you shot, in general, simple. Perhaps this is due to the lack of a chip on the lens / adapter. I recommend switching to the M mode - the scene practically does not change, it is enough to set the parameters once and get a series of correctly exposed frames.

    • DmitryK

      What is wrong with her?
      On my monitor, everything seems to be fine with her. Perhaps a bit short, but in general there is no crime.

      • Onotole

        She walks from frame to frame, some frames have signs of overexposure. Yes, there is no crime, beaten lights are not observed, but this already, you see, would be an open marriage.
        I'm talking about the fact that you can improve the color and overall impression of photographs simply by more accurately controlling the exposure.

  • Ivan

    There was a wise guy who will learn how to take a picture, you forgot to write about the full frame, the quality would definitely be better.
    Great review !!!

    • Onotole

      Personally, Ivan, I could still teach the Russian language.

    • anonym

      A person makes lively, compositionally verified shots, friendly advice will help to make photos more technically perfect.

  • Sergei

    Hello! I have such a lens. But on my copy there is an additional ring that says close focus with a docking button. Well, I just can't figure out how it (the ring) works. I did not find any information on the Web. Twisted and twisted: no difference - either in a “free” state or in a fixed state. Can someone tell me how to work with this "option" of the lens.

    • Aries

      press the button and turn the ring at focus 200mm or when 80mm

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    And how to remake it to work on the Nikon D7000? the diaphragm does not work.

  • Tilmann

    Hello Radozhiva, I found a RMC Tokina 80-200 lens inexpensively on e-bay. After reading your review, it seems it will fit on a Canon D600, provided I get”C/Y Canon EF Adapter”. I see plenty of “EOS Yashica Contax CY Objektiv Lens Adapter To Canon EF”. Is this the same, or does this have to be a specific “Tokina” adapter? thank you all, Tilmann in Germany

    • B. R. P.

      C/Y Canon EF will be right.

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