Review of Tele-Tokina 105mm/2.8 preset T2

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…

Front of the lens

Front of the lens

The purchase
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 ;)

Side of the lens

Side of the lens

The lens
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).

Back and mount of the lens

Back and mount of the lens

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.

Filtermount

Filtermount

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.

Results
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
Images photographed mostly during the swedish autumn in september 2008.

Mushroom

Mushroom

Portrait of my wife and duaghter

Portrait of my wife and duaghter

Image in to the sun

Image in to the sun

Autumn road

Autumn road

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Reading
I haven’t found much info on this at all, please give me tips if you know any.

17 Responses in “Review of Tele-Tokina 105mm/2.8 preset T2”

  1. luisalegria says:

    I have one of these in the Soligor brand.

    The mount is also a T/T2.

    I was thinking that it was made by Komine due to stylistic details, but yours tells the tale.

    http://forum.mflenses.com/soligor-komine-105-2-8-preset-t8179.html

  2. Furbioso says:

    I have “exactly” this lens, but in the front reads Hanimar Tele-lens. I agree, this lens is very sharp, more sharp than my Super-Takumar 105/2.8, Fujinon-T 105/2.8 and in the same league of the Tamron 90/2.5. The bokeh is good too. I buy this lens in Barcelona, with a bunch of M42 tele lens, for next to nothing.

  3. Mattias says:

    Interesting to hear :)

  4. This is a T/T2 mount lens. T/T2 is a threaded “universal” mount, while Adaptall/Adaptall2 is a bayonet “universal” mount only used by Tamron.
    Tokina never produced any Adaptall lens.

  5. Justin says:

    Thanks! I was looking for information on this lens and yes you’re right there isn’t much on the Internet.

  6. Bob Miller says:

    I have a Mamiya Sekor SX 105mm/2.8 lens (M42 mount, auto diaphragm) which may have the same optical design. More on this lens:

    http://freenet-homepage.de/stauber/mamiya-nc/m42_mamiya_sx_105_2.8.htm

    Sears also offered a 105mm/2.8 lens in M42 mount.

    Comment #8 in the following blog thread discusses the Tokina-Sears-Mamiya connections for 105mm/2.8 :
    http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/37037-auto-sears-105mm-f-2-8-m42-rare.html

  7. Mattias says:

    It’s a very nice lens, I should try and use it more.

  8. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So good to search out any individual with some authentic ideas on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this website is something that’s wanted on the internet, somebody with just a little originality. useful job for bringing something new to the web!

  9. Tanner Martin says:

    After reading your review, I’ve been watching for Tele-Tokina lenses. As you say, they seem to be very rare; I had to wait a very long time before I found one (a Tele-Tokina 135/2.8). I’ve been supremely impressed with it; it even outperforms my Super Takumar 135/3.5. The 15 aperture blades make for some great bokeh. Your website seems to be the only readily-available online information on these lenses, so thank you for sharing your experience. I would never have found this little gem without your review.

  10. rev says:

    woww, great lens

  11. KY says:

    I bought this lens under the Lentar brand. You were right, this is one of the sharpest 100/105mm out there. Although I have collected many 100/105mm lenses, the sharpness of this lens still leaves me pretty amazed. Added bonus is that it is just so small and light to bring around – it almost looks like a toy lens!

  12. Reed Newby says:

    I just purchased this lens with a bunch of Minolta lenses. The lens I have is an MD mount.With the adapter I’m using it won’t focus to infinity on my Sony . I have taken number of good close up pictures with it and I agree it has to be 1 the sharpest lenses you can have. Can anyone suggest a way for me to put an alpha mount on this lens.

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