Hiking with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B

Hiking with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B
My family did hiking on the same park with Bayfront Park in Palo Alto for two consecutive days and we went on the 2nd time to help my wife looking for her left missing glass fallen off during the hike and we also visited Capitola Art & Wine Festival and had a great time both in the beach and the venues with art display and music events. In both occasions, I had my Pentax K20D with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B and I find the small 200mm very much to my liking for a longer lens that is easy to carry due to its small form factor and smaller size compared to other 200mm that I know. Though it is not fast as in f/2.8, it has plenty to offer as a 200mm lens. This is a non-sp tamron adaptall-2 lens but I don't notice any difference in terms of color and coating.

I absolutely fell in love with the sunset lighting half way through our hiking. My family were ahead of me as I was overwhelmed as usual with the spectacular view that only lasted in minutes before the sun drops below the mountain horizon.

I purposely focused on the branches

Hiking with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B

Hiking with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B
Hiking with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B
I always enjoy running into dog's owner and I always ask for permission to take their dog's pictures. I love dogs and cats and I can't think of a pet that I don't like. But I am sure I will find one. As for Beca's case, it is unique lap dog as she is a lovely female lap for 11 years and she is mellow, kind but very active like a 1 year old. As soon as I learned about the age, I offered my amateur service for free as I would love the dog owner to have more portraits with Beca. And I shot a series with Beca and the photos are on its ways to the owner. They loved the preview of Beca's photos as some of them show a different smile and gesture of Beca. More in this flickr slide-show with Beca. I should have changed lens to the 43mm and had extra for the owner and dog portraits but my family was waiting for me.

Hiking with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B
Hiking with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B
This lens works well in music event that allow you to have a compressed view on the performer

Hiking with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B
Hiking with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B
And I use this lens to catch up with my family who usually runs ahead of me

Hiking with Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 04B

Impressions & Notes
  • This lens is non-sp in the adaptall-2 lens series
  • I find focusing smooth but harder to obtain focus when I use it on film body. Best use of this lens is on a mono-pod
  • This is not the sharpest 200mm that I have used but very good in overall performance.
  • Best character in this lens lie in its small form factor and lightweight
  • It comes with a built in lens hood
  • It does have flare issue when aiming directly at the sun but reasonably good otherwise
  • Color and depth is great in shooting portraits from a distance. The bokeh is lovely at the right setting especially when background objects are farther apart.
  • Great color and contrast that I get from this lens.



Tom said...

Hin, beautiful sunset shots! Love the color.

Glad to see the adaptall PK mount put to use.

The bokeh is pretty good on that lens, too. Not too busy with only a little outlining on the circles. 200mm is really good to enhance the 3D effect, nice 3D family portrait.

Tom said...

The other thing I forgot to mention was that many people believe that landscape shots require a wide angle lens. Your photos prove that telephoto can be used for landscapes too.

Hin Man said...

@Tom, thank you for your visit and kind comments. Yes, I really love my family shot where my wife and 2 boys were in different angle and I was able to capture the shot within good focus.

And I have learned it the hard way too in that a good lens in the tele-end as in 200mm, 300mm and even 500mm can produce a compressed view of the scenery. I love my 200mm in sunset much more than a wide angle can provide. The wide angle view leave little for the sun to be the focus of beauty in the scene. And many outstanding landscapes shots that I have seen come from 35mm or even a 100mm and it varies with a wide focal length

Anonymous said...

Hello again Hin Man and thanks for all your tests of old good lenses.
I have an other question for you.
I found the Tamron ring AD2/KA but... but i realize the lenses become slower on APS-C. So the 28mm 2.5 is only 4 and a 35/135 3.5/4.2, 4 again all over the range.
Do you see a reason for that ?
Thank you, sir.

Hin Man said...

@AD2/KA problems, please visit my blog post on Tamron adaptall-2 p/ka adapter for details. Most of my 4 p/ka adapters have this problem, you need to try to clean 1) the contacts on the adapter and 2) try to wiggle the connection in mounting to get connection on the contacts properly

Anonymous said...

Nice post and some good photographs to show what this under-rated lens can do in the right hands.

I also have one, and am pleased with the results on both my Pentax K-7 and on micro four thirds. I think it is a nice compromise between performance, build, compactness and price (mine cost me £35 in the UK, including a PKM adapter!).

I have compared it in the past with the legendary Tamron 180/2.5 SP lens and, although there is a difference, it's not that great. I find the 200/3.5 surprisingly decent even wide open, and my copy performs better than previous Pentax 200/4 SMCM lenses that I've used.

One issue on cropped sensors is that the built in hood is far too short - and to improve contrast and reduce flare you really need to attach a screw-in hood instead.

Jon Schick

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