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Tokina RMC 35-70mm f4 constant

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Tokina RMC 35-70mm f4 constant

Tokina RMC 35-70mm f4 constant
Tokina RMC 35-70mm f4 constant

Two ring mid-range zoom. There is also a one touch f3.5-4.8 variable aperture version, and an f3.5 2-ring version.
Classic all metal construction.
f4-f22 no half stop clicks.
55mm filter.
6 blade iris.
68mm long, ~90mm at full extension (35mm, close focus)
closest focus = 0.6m/2ft no dedicated macro

Review of f3.5 verson by Bengt Sandberg (BKS).
Mount Type: Pentax K
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Registered: November, 2013
Posts: 8
Lens Review Date: August 27, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: perffekt zoom lens
Cons: nothing
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: k-x k-s1 k200d   

there are two 35-70 lenses of Tokina with constant f.

There is a still better one 3.5/35-70. It is very rare !!!

Same look, same housing, but 3 achromate lenses with perfect correction. the 4/35-70 has none.

here my evaluation for the 3.5 version

++ perfect sharpness up to the corners with f 5.6-11

++ high contrast

++ very good color rendition

++ CAs very well corrected

much more better than modern AF lenses 10 points
Junior Member

Registered: January, 2012
Posts: 36
Lens Review Date: September 1, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sturdy build, surprisingly good overall rendition
Cons: f/4
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

I bought the lens because I was interested in its K mount for a swap project.

Since it was in almost perfect condition I just gave it a quick try, and results surprised me.

Ok, it won't be a "hidden gem", but sharpness is quite good both at infinite and at close range, and build quality and handling are - to me - superb.
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Registered: November, 2012
Location: North Wales
Posts: 2,325
Lens Review Date: February 19, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $10.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: decent IQ, nice mechanics, dirt cheap
Cons: limited range, not PKA, not very fast, front lens rotates
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 8   

Tok RMC's acquiring for me a good cachet, lately reinforced by a PKA mount RMC 28mm that I like a lot (and compares well to my sigma 28mm and my smc-m 28mm)..

I have had more perspective on this lens, snapping some comparison pics against tamron's adaptall-2 35-70mm f3.5 #17A.
When I first posted I said "lots of sharpness, snappy focus, and good consistency across zoom range and aperture range; better than average wide open. If you see one of these and pick it up you shouldn't be disappointed."
Close up I think it does hold its own. My copy doesn't seem so good with with increasingly far focus; landscapes etc.. I have also noticed its more prone to CA/fringing than 17A. But its possible my tinkerings have affected it...
Most noticeable difference is the cool tone in comparison to 17A's very warm (and 01A's even warmer) tone. Scrutiny of a variety of shots puts 17A as sharper, contrastier and more capable, and of course 17A goes to 1:2.8 macro as well.

example 100% crops just to illustrate sharpness, contrast and colours. Tok RMC left, 17A right. both 50mm f8

Decent then but I prefer the tamron (which I would use more if I didn't have the well regarded 35-80mm 01A as well), and have downgraded a notch 7/10.

Googling I find there is also a f3.5-4.5 version.

CF review for Tokina MF 28-70mm f/3.9-4.8 same looks (and there is a constant aperture version).
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