Vivitar T-4 135mm f/2.8 Telephoto

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The Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 Telephoto T-4 mount lens was marketed by Ponder and Best (Vivitar) in the late 1960s. It was part of a family of T-4 mount lenses. The T-4 mount could be adapted to most commonly used camera mounts of the era. A lens review in the February/March 1969 issue of Camera 35 magazine notes the similarity of the Vivitar T-4 family to the Soligor T-4 lenses. It is believed both the Vivitar and Soligor T-4 lenses were designed by Tokina with slight customizations made to the specifications of each company. The review had this to say about the 135mm:

Smooth focusing, I personally believe, gets more important as lenses get longer, and all these longer Vivitars have a good silky feel to them. Optical performance is good with the peak at f/8. Contrast snaps in nicely at around f/5.6 and holds its own all the way on.[1]

Resolution Results from Camera 35 Review:

Aperture Center Edges
f/2.8 40 28
f/4 40 28
f/5.6 48 34
f/8 56 40
f/11 48 34
f/16 40 34
f/22 40 34


  • Badging: Vivitar
  • Manufacturer: Tokina
  • Manufacture Date: ca 1969
  • Focal Length: 135 mm
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 - f/22
  • Diaphragm Type: Automatic
  • Diaphragm Blades: unknown
  • Filter Diameter: 55 mm
  • Minimum Focus: 1.8 m (6 ft)
  • Mounts: T-4 (adapters for Canon FL, Exakta, M42, Nikon, Pellix, Minolta SRT, Miranda Sensorex)
  • Elements: unknown
  • Groups: unknown
  • Weight: 369 g (13 oz)
  • Accessories: unknown
  • Example Serial Numbers: 3702389, 3703938
  • Original Stock Number(s): unknown