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Tokina RMC 70-210mm F/3.5

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Tokina RMC 70-210mm F/3.5

Tokina RMC 70-210mm F/3.5
Tokina RMC 70-210mm F/3.5

This lens was the precursor to the Vivitar Series I 70-210mm version 2. The main difference between this and the VS1 apart from cosmetic re-modelling is a closer focus on the VS1.
This lens can be found in PK (but not PKA) and M42 mounts as well as other mounts of the era.

Manual focus, one touch zoom.
70-210mm F/3.5 constant aperture
Iris: 6 blades,
Optical Construction : 14 elements / 10 groups
Filter Thread : 62mm
CFD: 1.4m
Focus throw: ~180, anti pentax.
Maximum Magnification (Macro) : 1:5
Weight : 710g
Length: 5.5" / 14cm
M42 mount version does not have an A-M switch
Mount Type: Pentax K
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Registered: January, 2011
Location: Minahasa, North Celebes (Sulawesi)
Posts: 585

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Lens Review Date: February 22, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fixed aperture. Not a heavy lens. Great pics.
Cons: Not a close focus lens
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 9   

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As you can see, my copy of this lens is with Nikon mount. I however still use this lens once in a while with my K20D via a bit of forcing it into the K mount, which anyway mounted quite securely, although it act as a 'preset' lens. I've been trying to find a copy with K mount, but this particular lens seems to be less on the used market now.

This lens puzzled me. Not much record can be found on the net on this, or probably I was looking for the wrong keyword. In my inexperienced eyes, this lens resembles much the Tokina's version of Vivitar Series I with the same FL, the same fixed aperture, and the same filter size. The Vivitar version, however, has closer focus. I did not have the Vivitar, nor I have any knowledge to say that the two lenses really share the same optical formula, but after reading many reviews of the Vivitar, I dare to conclude that this lens does performs equally. Some sources said that this lens preceed the Vivitar rebrand, while others said that it was manufactured after, so whether the macro function was added later as a differentiating factor on the Series I, or was it removed later so that Tokina could sell it with it's own brand, you probably know it better than I do. Tokina did have a few versions of 70-210mm, but same lens as the Vivitar Series I or not, this lens certainly is not bad and not to be overlooked.

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This lens is a joy to use, not too weighty yet it still balanced well on my K20D. At F3.5 images are reasonable sharp, don't forget it's not a prime lens, but it seems to produce enough resolution power. Bokeh is amazing at wide open aperture, I like it. Focusing is a bit short, but it also translates into easy enough focusing.
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Registered: November, 2013
Posts: 8
Lens Review Date: August 3, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $10.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: very sharp lens
Cons: scarecely CA's
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: k-x k200d k-s1 sfx mz5 z20p   

++ excellent performer

++ f 8-11 extremely sharp

++ high contrast

++ nice colors

++ CA's minimized

nearly full recommendation !!!

mines ha few haze, therefore very cheap
New Member

Registered: December, 2013
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: December 31, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $90.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharpness, built quality, nice bokeh, multi coated
Cons: none so far
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 8   

This lens is the same version of the famous vivitar series1 70-210 f/3,5 which is produced by tokina. It's a solid piece tough as a cowboy and sharp as a blade. It's a multi coated lens which makes colors vivid and better looking. Constant f3.5 is pushing the lens one step forward, compared to the 4.5-5.6 versions. This is a manual lens certainly, but if it was a modern lens with the same aspects it wouldn't be less then a few hundred bucks...
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