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Tokina ( soligor vivitar etc) RMC tele auto 400mm f6.3

Sharpness 
 9.0
Aberrations 
 7.0
Bokeh 
 8.0
Handling 
 8.0
Value 
 9.0
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Tokina ( soligor vivitar etc) RMC tele auto 400mm f6.3

Tokina ( soligor vivitar etc) RMC tele auto 400mm f6.3
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Tokina ( soligor vivitar etc) RMC tele auto 400mm f6.3
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Tokina RMC 400mm f6.3 - a superior version of the ubiquitous classic simple 4 element telephotos, predecessor to the f5.6 400mm. Fixed mount, pictured lens is CFD.


Tokina also made versions for Soligor (pic 3) and Vivitar, pic 4, both fixed and T4 mount.
T4 M42 mount mod described here (second post March 20 2009).
How to make a TX- PK mount work on a T4 lens (it will fit but you can't move the aperture ring) - see this thread.

Aperture f6.3 - f22, one stop clicks
Optical construction: 4 elements in 3 groups.
72mm filter
8 blade iris
Focus throw ~ 300 deg, rotation anti-pentax, front end rotates.
CFD 8m/25'
Length 11.75"/29.5cm (min)
Weight ~ 1kg/2.2lb
Hood and tripod collar.

Also sold as an Optomax, Hanimex, Bushnell, and probably other marques as well.
Mount Type: Pentax K



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Lens Review Date: July 11, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: IQ, construction
Cons: slow, long cfd, fixed mount, preset lenses are easier to stop down
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: Lumix G2, Samsung NX20, K5   

Made a wee mistake with this, I thought it was a t-mount - it isn't. So I was restricted to using my Lumix with M4/3-CFD adapter.

Impressed with this lens. A class above the "cheapo" ones in quality of construction though there is a weight penalty, it's quite a bit heavier. Posesses the usual tripod collar, and also a good hood - often lacking on the others. And most importantly the optical performance measures up: sharp from f6.3, fringing/CA/halo sometimes evident on high contrast edges (see bottom test pic) but really not bad at all, contrast pretty good for a lens of this era ("RMC" coatings).

I compared particularly to my Tamron Nestar. Not a lot in it sharpness wise - I am inclined to favour the Nestar by a short head. 100% sample crops at f6.3, f8, f11, f16 illustrate the consistent quality (developed from RAW, mostly default settings, some sharpening and noise - a Lumix weak point - reduction). The figure shows slight signs of shake when viewed full size in faststone actually, he was moving around, but the detail the lens extracts from the tower stonework is good (and bear in mind this is 800mm equivalent).
I did try some flower shots at cfd (such as it is) but was not so impressed. But recommended.
Bird pic here.







Chapter 2 7/15
I acquired two more incarnations of this lens, the soligor fixed mount and the vivitar T4 mount versions pictured above. Differences are only cosmetic, specifically the design of the focus ring.
Performance wise these lenses were very similar and reinforced my impressions from the cfd mount tokina rmc. Good sharpness straight from f6.3, not much fringing. If you're interested in a 400mm f6.3 one of these tokinas is an upmarket choice, particularly the vivitar, which is the only lens of this type I have encountered with a flock lined hood!

Test pic of the castle again, and 100% crop, taken on my 20MPx apsc samsung NX20, f6.3, with the soligor 400mm.

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