|Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:27 pm Post subject: Old Tamron Preset Zooms
|All but one of them -
left to right -
95-205/6.3 - 910P - the earliest "consumer" zoom;
95-205/5.6 - PZ-60P this one is new for me, and in excellent condition.
95-250/5.6 - PZ-20
200-400/6.3 - PZ-70
Still missing is the rather uncommon 55-90 f/4
These are all the first generation t-mount preset zoom lenses made by Taisei Kogaku, as Tamron was then known, all from the early to mid-1960's.
They can be found in various brands of course. One of mine is a Taisei Bushnell.
Under whatever brand, oddly enough, they didn't vary in cosmetics within the type, though they do vary considerably in cosmetics between the models. The cheaper ones - 95-205's and 95-250 - notably seem to have partially silk screened markings instead of engraved. The do look more cheaply finished than other Tamron lenses. Who knows why.
All are "trombone" type zooms that are actually "one touch" - one hand can both zoom and focus. They are constant aperture.
All are quite good actually, very usable in the long end, quite sharp but with noticeable CA wide open. The biggest problem with them is very long minimum focus, which is quite absurd at the short end. 6 ft/2m for 95mm is quite a poor showing vs a prime.
There certainly are much better cheap zooms these days, so these are collectors items, historical curiosities.
I like Pentax DSLR's, Exaktas, M42 bodies of all kinds, strange and cheap Japanese lenses, and am dabbling in medium format/Speed Graphic work.