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Tokina RMC / SZ820 80-200mm f/4

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Tokina RMC / SZ820 80-200mm f/4

Tokina 80-200mm manual focus lens. Can be found in all the mounts of the era including PK.
There are also f4.5 and f3.5-4.5 versions.
This brochure from 1984 illustrates the updated versions. Tech specs are from this brochure.

"One touch" zoom and focus sleeve.
Optical construction: 12 elements, 9 groups
Focal length: 80mm to 200mm
Maximum aperture: f/4
Aperture is one-stop clicks.
Six blade iris,
Front group rotates with focus,
Front element diameter: 55mm
Focus throw:
CFD: 1.9m
Mount Type: Pentax K
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Registered: February, 2014
Location: Warsaw
Posts: 76
Lens Review Date: July 6, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp at F4, sharp, good IQ
Cons: manual
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-500   

I have compared it to my other cheap zooms like F 80-200, FA 28-200, FAJ 70-300.
Surprisingly this lens is remarkable sharper with better contrast and less chromatic aberration at max aperture f4 then other earlier mentioned lenses at apertures like f5.6, f6.3.
F 80-200 which is believed to be very sharp matches Tokina f4 at f7.1!
So it is good cheap lens that offers great IQ at reasonably fast aperture of f4.
New Member

Registered: November, 2013
Posts: 8
Lens Review Date: April 5, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: very sharp zoom lens
Cons: nothing
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: k-x,istds,k100,z20p etc   

my lens is very sharp, high contrast, nice colors and no flare.

for macro shootings suitable,too

if you'll stop down to f8 no fringing no more
New Member

Registered: December, 2012
Posts: 9
Lens Review Date: February 16, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Good value for money, solid metal build, coated optics
Cons: Tendency to underexpose, prone to PF at wide apertures, bokeh not the prettiest
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 8    Value: 9   

Found mine on the Danish second hand market, and it's in mint condition mechanically and the barrel looks new. Had some slight fungus on the back of the front element, but that was easily sorted, since that part of the lens can be taken apart using friction.

I do find the lens a bit on the heavy side considering it's span in focal length; it doesn't balance very well on my K-5. Could just be me. Besides, it is a minor thing. Positive twist to the weight is how solid is seems.

All in all a fine purchase for someone like me who wants to test out a little more range on top of the typical kit lenses provided. A great learner's telezoom.
Senior Member

Registered: March, 2009
Posts: 113
Lens Review Date: February 4, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $11.50 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Well built, smooth positive controls, sharp at F8 and above, Cheap!
Cons: Really soft wide open, sharpens up nicely at F8.
Sharpness: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

I owned one of these 25 years ago. used it on the OM 1, in Alaska. During that time I owned several cameras (one at a time), including OM4, Minolta Xooo series, and Nikon 8008 with 85mm F1.8. They were all good, but I got more "keepers", with the 80-200 Tokina. Not because it was sharper, but because it was better suited for my outdoor lifestyle, and I had it with me most of the time. Sold it to an uncle, and regretted it. Even tried to buy it back.
Last year got one off ebay, but was really bad condition. Salvaged the front element and barrel section for macro attachment. Works great.
Last week I snagged a really nice one off ebay for $11.50 including shipping!

It is too soft wide open to be useful it me. (might work for "dreamy" portraiture), But at F8 and 11 it is very good. This one is mounted on my K-01. And a side Note: By clipping off the aperture tang it is a no-fuss aperture priority lens. Works great on mirror-less, for WYSIWYG. I only do this on old "M" series lenses. This lens will stay with me.
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Registered: November, 2012
Location: North Wales
Posts: 2,281
Lens Review Date: December 3, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: constant f, consistent IQ, smaller + lighter than many lenses of this era, construction
Cons: doesn't match best IQ of eg tamron 19AH, contrast tends to be dull (no hood). CA/PF
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: Lumix G1   

UPDATED 4/14/13.

My assessment similar to the others: a soundly performing lens, pretty consistent over its focal range. Similar overall performance to eg some kirons I have looked at, and also similar faults like strong purpling of OoF backlit branches, contrast a bit low (but I should have used a hood more). And I prefer the colour and general look of the Kirons. Because mine is MD mount I am limited to using it on my G1, and with my acquisition of adaptalls and other lenses its now rather neglected. Lens Porn! blogger has written a good assessment of this lens here, and I have to say there is nothing to choose between his pics and similar pics I have taken with my (well regarded) Kiron 70-210mm f4 Zoomlock.

Like the Kirons there seems to be a bit of a family of variants: an f4.5 version (with macro mode), an f3.5-4.5 version, and a 70-210 f3.5 that is reckoned to be Tokinas own label of the Vivitar Series 1.

Fairly readily available so if your looking for a good bargain basement TP to use on your dslr this is one of the ones you can bear in mind. If best quality is a priority then I think eg the VS1's, Tamron SP's etc offer (but cost) more.

Minor practical point the focus is the opposite rotation to PK norm.

UPDATE gave decent results with the 7 element RMC 2x TC.
Veteran Member

Registered: October, 2008
Location: Albuquerque NM
Posts: 9,829
Lens Review Date: January 8, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good sharpness for zoom, light
Cons: Not suited to digital, soft wide open at 200mm

I bought this lens more than 25 years ago, and it was my primary telephoto in the days of manual film cameras. It was one of the sharpest, if not the sharpest, third party zoom of its type at the time of its purchase. It does not have an "A" setting, so it will not meter as easily on digital bodies.

My only complaint on this lens was that it was soft wide open at 200mm.
Senior Member

Registered: March, 2007
Location: Slovenia
Posts: 140
Lens Review Date: March 22, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good sharpnes even at wide open aperture, reasonably lightweight
Cons: Moderate purple fringing at wide open aperture

Very nice manual zoom lens. Maximum aperture is f/4 and it is constant through whole focal lengths (80 to 200mm).
Very sharp at f/8, but can be slightly soft at both extremes (f/4 and f/22). Some purple fringing is visible at high contrasts using wide aperture (f/4), but this is easily correctable in PP.
For the price on second hand market it is very recommended.
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