I have way too many zoom lens and I am picking some of my zooms and decide which one to keep and the lesser candidates to go. The problem that I have is that I am cheapo getting various < $100 lens and I am not picky and I actually like most of them as if they will turn diamond some day. It is a shame that I fall in love with my gear so easily
Though the hassle with the extra Tamron adaptall-2 P/KA adapter to mount, I like quality of many of the adaptall-2 SP zoom lens and primes. One cheapo zoom that that I like to share with you is Tamron 75-250mm f/3.8-4.5 adaptall-2 104A. It is not a relatively small lens if you consider the extra reach 250mm. And in terms of weight, it is very similar and perhaps lighter when compared to other 70-210mm zooms. Filter size is 62mm and it is easy to hand-hold the lens.
1/160 sec, f/6.3, 200mm, iso 100, K-x
1/125 sec, f/7.1, 180mm, iso 160, K-x
1/40 sec, f/5.0, 200mm, iso 320, K-x
Impressions & Notes
- It is difficult for me to trim this zoom as it is quite sharp and with good color
- The zoom starts out at 250mm end and zoom to 75mm and I like it starting at a zoom position that I use more often.
- Sharpness seem better at 200mm than 250mm
- PF is unfortunately found in shots with contrasty area. Not as bad as the Tamron 70-300mm Di LD macro
- Absolutely no zoom creep
- Bokeh is quite decent with the zoom.
- Focusing ring a joy to use for quick and precise manual focusing
- Internal lens hood is nice but not deep enough to be effective.
- Easy to obtain focus in Pentax K-x
- Works well with Tamron adaptall-2 PK/A adapter but I observe more PF/CA in the long end when 01F 2x TC is mounted.
- Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 01A
- Tamron 75-250mm f/3.8-4.5 adaptall-2 104A
- Tamron adaptall-2 P/KA adapter
- Tamron SP 70-210mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 19AH
- Tamron SP 80-200mm f/2.8 adaptall-2 30A
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