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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:02 pm    Post subject: Tamron Adaptall 2 New Set Reply with quote

It seems my last batch of Tamron Adaptall 2 that I purchased a few months back finally made it to the Philippines.

My current set is now:

28mm
135mm 2.8
35-70mm 3.5
35-135mm 3.5-4.2
35-210mm SP 3.5-42
60-300mm sp
80-210mm 3.8
75-250mm 3.8

I am going to conduct more tests with them tomorrow. I have some idea on which one I'd like to keep, but I would like to hear from those more familiar with these kinds of lenses. If it is your set which one(s) would you keep for either historical value, rarity (if any), or most importantly picture quality?

I'd like to keep


PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the 135mm f2.8,i use on my E-pl1 with finder good len,had the 35-70mm f3.5 never used it that must real sharp len I sold,,ive also used the 135 on my E1, ive got the 80-210 f3.8-4 its a good len I used on my E1,it depends on your type of shooting you do,Ilocos Norte Rules


PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pinoy rin ako !

A lot would depend on personal requirements and style.

I have used the
28
135
35-135
60-300
80-210 (2 varieties)

I dont collect the Adptalls, so the ones I have had were bought just to satisfy my curiosity or for use.

IMHO, the 28 is good but nothing special, the 135 ditto. I have resold these. For some reason the 135 goes for more than it should. More value selling these than keeping them is my logic.
These are not SP btw.

The 35-135 is bulky but quite sharp for such a zoom. I like mine and I have kept it. It gives good sharp results very reliably but with no special character. It is very convenient for what I normally do. These are usually quite cheap. Not SP.

The 60-300 SP has a dual character that complicates things. Its quite close focusing, so you may want to keep it for that purpose. As a 300mm tele its fair, though I like primes for that, as I tend to stick zooms at the long end and keep them there. And this one creeps. In my case, I still have one, unfortunately now requiring repair (does not want to leave macro mode).

The 80-210 comes in two flavors, the 103A and the 03A. The 103A is noticeably better. The 103A is about as good as an 80-200 zoom gets, and its very cheap, so you might as well hang on to it. You will get much better value using it than selling it.


PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Adpatall-2 135 is an f/2.5 not f/2.8
If you have an f/2.8 it may be from the earlier Adaptall series.


PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

luisalegria wrote:
Pinoy rin ako !

A lot would depend on personal requirements and style.

I have used the
28
135
35-135
60-300
80-210 (2 varieties)

I dont collect the Adptalls, so the ones I have had were bought just to satisfy my curiosity or for use.

IMHO, the 28 is good but nothing special, the 135 ditto. I have resold these. For some reason the 135 goes for more than it should. More value selling these than keeping them is my logic.
These are not SP btw.

The 35-135 is bulky but quite sharp for such a zoom. I like mine and I have kept it. It gives good sharp results very reliably but with no special character. It is very convenient for what I normally do. These are usually quite cheap. Not SP.

The 60-300 SP has a dual character that complicates things. Its quite close focusing, so you may want to keep it for that purpose. As a 300mm tele its fair, though I like primes for that, as I tend to stick zooms at the long end and keep them there. And this one creeps. In my case, I still have one, unfortunately now requiring repair (does not want to leave macro mode).

The 80-210 comes in two flavors, the 103A and the 03A. The 103A is noticeably better. The 103A is about as good as an 80-200 zoom gets, and its very cheap, so you might as well hang on to it. You will get much better value using it than selling it.


Fellow Filipino from California! I am not actually Filipino. I am Canadian, but my wife is a Filipina, so here I am Smile
Let me tell you the customs here are killing me with their added taxes Rolling Eyes It is putting a cramp into my desire to get more lenses from abroad.

I ended up with 3 copies of the 28, so I am going to sell 2 and keep 1 just because.
The 135mm is going up for sale/trade.
The 80-210 is a 03A so that is going.
I have been mixed on the 60-300mm, because it is a pain to focus indoors. I might as well keep it.
I am inclined to keep the 35-135mm

That leaves the 35-210mm SP and the 75-250mm as undecided.


PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Filipino customs policies were always nasty. The country has historically depended far too much on customs duties vs other forms of taxation. Well, thats my Philippine economic policy rant for the day.


PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maldaye...The 35-80mm macro f2.8-f3.8 is an excellent lens adaptall2 model 01A,also the previous model f2.8-f3.5


PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kryss wrote:
Maldaye...The 35-80mm macro f2.8-f3.8 is an excellent lens adaptall2 model 01A


+1

But good luck on finding the original hood !


PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

I had Tamron adaptall 17A - 35-70mm f/3.5 and it was great lens. Here you can find some photos taken with it and my opinion: http://forum.mflenses.com/tamron-17a-35-70mm-f-3-5-a-lot-of-pictures-t60840.html

Actually Tamron adaptall 01A SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.5 is even better, but not that much as you could see on my Tamron adaptall zoom test: http://forum.mflenses.com/tamrons-test-27a-sp-28-80-01a-sp-35-80-17a-35-70-t62319.html

I have as well 28mm f/2.5 as well and it's quite interesting. I'm still on testing/playing with this lens, but it seem it's really nice as well, maybe not that crisp sharp wide-open, but closed a little it becomes really nice. (Wide-open is perfectly usable, don't get me wrong, it's just not that great).


PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The four longest ones you've listed there are all excellent. The 60-300mm needs to be stopped down to f/6.3 though to avoid purple fringing at the long end. I never really found the 28mm or 135mm lenses that interesting, or the 35-135mm for that matter. But the 35-70/3.5 close focus is excellent and a real hidden gem at the current price point.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeap, Graham is right - 35-70/3.5 is a gem. It was real pleasure to shot with this lens. What's more, I loved the warm colours shot with 17A. Still, on APS-C 35mm on the short end is a little bit to narrow. But my Tamron SP 28-80 wasn't half that good as this 35-70/3.5 and took it's place on the shelf while Tamron 35-70/3.5 was sitting on the camera.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all for the feedback. I noticed that not many have commented on:

35-210mm SP 3.5-42
75-250mm 3.8

Any experience with those?


PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

75-250mm f3.8-4.5 tends to be a rather forgotten lens in Tamron's Adaptall range, perhaps because it was not accorded "SP" designation
... imo, it is preferable to their 60-300mm with the latter's only advantage being the ability to switch into a closer focus mode (at 60mm).
Note for readers unfamiliar with these Tamrons :
The 75-250mm (104a) is at 250mm when not extended. The 60-300mm is the opposite, pulling out towards 300mm.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

norland wrote:
75-250mm f3.8-4.5 tends to be a rather forgotten lens in Tamron's Adaptall range, perhaps because it was not accorded "SP" designation
... imo, it is preferable to their 60-300mm with the latter's only advantage being the ability to switch into a closer focus mode (at 60mm).
Note for readers unfamiliar with these Tamrons :
The 75-250mm (104a) is at 250mm when not extended. The 60-300mm is the opposite, pulling out towards 300mm.


It seems strange, but I developed an affection for these Tamrons as in I wouldn't mind owning the whol adaptall set from A to Z, but not sure if it makes any economical sense. Are you saying the 75-250mm is better optically than the 60-300mm? I don't really need the close focus. I got both Tamron 60mm and Tamron 90mm AF Macro 1:1 lenses.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maldaye wrote:
Are you saying the 75-250mm is better optically than the 60-300mm?

No, they're pretty close in that respect. The 60-300mm might be marginally better.
What makes the difference is that (for me -- could be very different for others) the 60-300mm seems to have comparatively poor handling
and balance on camera ... it can produce good colour and sharp images, but sort of grudgingly so it just isn't pleasant to use.

Quick way to explain is that if the camera has for instance the 103a on it, feel like taking a picture
... if it has the 23a mounted, feel like doing something else instead.


PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

norland wrote:
maldaye wrote:
Are you saying the 75-250mm is better optically than the 60-300mm?

No, they're pretty close in that respect. The 60-300mm might be marginally better.
What makes the difference is that (for me -- could be very different for others) the 60-300mm seems to have comparatively poor handling
and balance on camera ... it can produce good colour and sharp images, but sort of grudgingly so it just isn't pleasant to use.

Quick way to explain is that if the camera has for instance the 103a on it, feel like taking a picture
... if it has the 23a mounted, feel like doing something else instead.


Yes, I have the 60-300 and I don't expect I'll be using it a lot Wink


PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 35-210mm took me by surprise...I was about to sell it but then it did this on full frame:

http://forum.mflenses.com/tamron-sp-35-210mm-f-3-5-4-2-26a-t58477.html

The 75-250mm did this on my 5D:

http://forum.mflenses.com/tamron-adaptall-2-75-250-3-8-4-5-104a-t27712.html

I had the 60-300mm a long time ago on crop:

http://forum.mflenses.com/viewtopic.php?t=18903


PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ManualFocus-G wrote:
The 35-210mm took me by surprise...I was about to sell it but then it did this on full frame:

http://forum.mflenses.com/tamron-sp-35-210mm-f-3-5-4-2-26a-t58477.html

The 75-250mm did this on my 5D:

http://forum.mflenses.com/tamron-adaptall-2-75-250-3-8-4-5-104a-t27712.html

I had the 60-300mm a long time ago on crop:

http://forum.mflenses.com/viewtopic.php?t=18903


So which one did you keep or did you keep all three? These three are almost the same range. From the ones I listed which ones do you rate highest?


PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 35-210mm is best IMO. that's the one I kept Smile


PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ManualFocus-G wrote:
The 35-210mm is best IMO. that's the one I kept Smile


I decided to keep 5 of my Tamron lenses. I'll be keeping the 28 cause I got 3 of these (2 for sale), 35-210mm, 60-300mm, 75-250 and 35-70mm f3.5. The rest I'll be selling.

I am considering buying the SP 300mm f5.6, SP 90mm F/2.5, SP 35-80mm F/2.8-3.8, and SP 70-150mm F/2.8 SOFT. I am not sure if there is any other adaptall lenses worth buying.