Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 (01A)

Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 (01A)I just managed to find this adaptall-2 lens. What attract me most about this lens is its size. I intend to find the Tamron SP 24-48mm but that is a rare lens to find for another time. I have small hand and as show in the above picture, you have a rough idea that this zoom is way smaller than my normal zoom with Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 and Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8. In reality, I am covered very well in my normal zooms along with good primes. The LBA thoughts of trying all the un-tapped adaptall-2 lens lure me to give this a try. The lens is dead cute for its size. Here is another shot of this cute lens next to a salt shaker

Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 (01A)
When I tried out this zoom lens, I noted that I don't have the 62mm lens hood and I found out flare is very evident in this zoom and I then added my 62mm metal lens hood from eBay store heavystar and add a 62mm sky 1 filter and pictures are much improved with lens hood mounted. I am most fascinated with the close up capability that are up to 1:2.5 in the long end of the zoom in roughly 60mm to 80mm. With the 2x TC mounted, the close up can go up to 1:1.25 which is excellent for a zoom. Though the aperture ranges from f/2.8 in 35mm to f/3.8 in the 80mm end. The AE apertures can still be set for f/2.8 in the 80mm end in Av mode.

Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 (01A)
When I tested the wider end in f/2.8, sharpness is pretty decent but more use are needed to confirm my finding. The bokeh is very nice on this lens along with good color. I found a lot more over-exposure in f/4.5 and smaller. Most of the time, I find the need to dial in -0.3 to -0.7 Ev compensation. It is kind of odd. Metering seems erratic with this zoom lens in smaller apertures. And in bigger apertures, I find metering more accurate and I don't see the darker image in wider aperture like other lenses that I most often run into with vignette in wide open aperture especially in the corner.

1/100 sec, f/2.8, 35mm, iso 500, 0 Ev
photo with Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 (01A)
1/100 sec, f/2.8, 75mm, iso 400, 0 Ev
photo with Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 (01A)
1/250 sec, f/2.8, 75mm, iso 400, 0 Ev
photo with Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 (01A) and pentax k20d
1/100 sec, f/4.0, 75mm, iso 800, 0 Ev
photo with Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 (01A) and pentax k20d
1/100 sec, f/4.5, 75mm, 250 iso, -0.7 Ev
photo with Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 (01A)

Impressions & Notes
  • Size is cute and small
  • Color is great on this zoom
  • Sharpness very decent in wide aperture
  • Weird over-exposure in close up shot when aperture is smaller than f/4.5
  • Filter size is 62mm
  • Flare is evident without lens hood. When mounted with 62mm lens hood and a 1A sky filter, I find flare better controlled
  • Close up in 1:2.5 happens in the 60 to 80mm end, close up are found decent in initial tests
  • Overall a very promising small adaptall-2 zoom that I will study more and share with my readers.



street_vision said...

I keep hearing how good the Adaptal lenses truly are. You are beginning to fire up LBA again. lol.

chunehoong said...

This is a gem of a lens.
It's served me extremely well as a midrange zoom, producing plenty of crisp images. If only I had the 2x TC to pair it with.

Great find, Hin.

IndianaDinos said...

Hi Hin,

This lens is considered to be the best zoom ever produced by Tamron for their SP series. What are your thoughts with respect to the other Tamron zooms you tested/owned ? The picture with the pepper and salt bokeh shows almost perfect circles in the background bokeh ...

Hin Man said...

@street_vision, that lens is a cutie and I think it will be a good street shooter if you don't need an wide angle. The only gripe that I found is unexplained over-exposure that I ran into with apertures smaller than f/5.0. Maybe I set the ISO wrong for the scenes. More test will tell

@chunehoong, I am very excited about how good the color and bokeh of this lens. Even wide open shots are lovely. And I do have the 2x TC adaptall-2 01F. It usually cost around $30 to $40. I see less a reason NOT to find a good copy to use with my adatpall-2 lens

@IndianaDinos, I think there may be other good Tamron adaptall-2 lens that are least talked about as they are not mentioned in the adaptall-2.com site. I recall Jim King with a copy of 28-105mm f/2.8, 35-105mm f/2.8 and one other one which are manufactured in the late years of adaptall-2 lens line. I especially impressed on Jim's report on his Tamron adaptall-2 28-105mm f/2.8, it is a big and huge lens but the color and bokeh are really outstanding. And I also loved my copy of Tamron SP adaptall-2 80-200mm f/2.8 adaptall-2 30A as I found that to be my poor man's choice for 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens with MF. That Tamron SP 30A is worth every penny that I spent on it

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