When you deal with old lenses, you often get lenses and cameras you know nothing of, as a extra treat when you buying for something else. To be honest, often they are crap – but sometime you get real treasures. Lets find out which category this Tele-Tokina belongs to…
I bought this lens in a package with Pentax Spotmatic camera, Asahi S-M-C 55mm/1.8 lens, Soligor 35mm/3.5 (old preset), flash, bag, pocket tripod and some other stuff – it all went for about £40. The things I was aiming for was the Pantax camera and lens. The package arrived, and believe me, it was felt like christmas to unpack this stuff ;)
The Tele-Tokina 105mm/2.8 seems to be a bit rare, at least there is not much information on the Internet. Only I could find was for other focal-lengths. It’s an Adapt-all lens, here with M42-mount on. To mount it on my EOS I also need a M42->EOS adapter (it sounds a bit more complicated then it is).
It feels like small and slender, not bigger then some of my 50mm lenses. 10 blades aperture. The aperture setting is a preset, which runs very smooth. The focus is a bit stiff, which can be a problem as there are 2 threaded mounts (the Adaptall -> M42 and M42 -> EOS) that can come off. Sadly the 49mm filtermount is a bit danged, but it still takes filters and don’t seem to effect function at all.
I’m guessing that this is single-coated, which I like actually. I know, it sounds weird, but all my single coated lenses are very good.
I think it’s quite sharp. The bokeh and flares is round and soft, which I like. I’m very pleasently surprised by this lens. Nice colours, though it was hard to judge that part since I tested the lens in swedish autumn, which is very colourfull in it self.
Images photographed mostly during the swedish autumn in september 2008.
- Sharp, even at large aperture
- Nice, soft bokeh
- Small and nice shape
- Single coating – if you like me have good experience with single coated lenses.
- The focus is a bit stiff, which sometimes loosens the 2 threaded mounts. Bloody annoying.
- Singe coating – if you hold to the beliefe that multi coating is better.
I haven’t found much info on this at all, please give me tips if you know any.