Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 (04B)

Tamron 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 adaptall-2 (01A)
From left to right in the picture:

Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 (04B)I am always on the look out for a good 200mm prime. Now I am testing Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 (04B) that are on the left of the picture. What impresses me the most about the Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 is the small size and form factor that is like a 100 mm prime. The speed in f/3.5 is decent and the focusing ring is like many other good Tamron adaptall-2 lens that is ideal for precise focusing and ease of use in the field for quickly get to the focal point. It also has a built in lens hood which I find handy to have. Filter size is 62mm and it can share the same filter and lens cap with few of my other adaptall-2 lens.

I only use the lens for some snapshots and more use will tell. So far, I like the handling the most as I feel all along in the weekend as if I am using a 100 mm in size and weight. Even if I mount the Tamron adaptall-2 01F 2x TC on it, the overall size is about equal to the Lentar 200mm f/3.5 in M42 mount. It has the label for "Close Focus" though when I try some close up shots, I am not pleased with the minimum focusing distance of about 5 feet or 1.7m. Close up is better with other lens but for the 200mm, the DOF in street scene as well as flower shot may be pleasant. More tests in the field will tell. I took some snapshots with Pentax K20D while visiting my church on Sunday

1/100 sec, f/3.5, 200mm, iso 2500, 0 Ev
It is dim light in the church and the high ISO is not in favor to
the wide open shot. In my view, not bad at all but it can be better.

Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 (04B) test shot

1/100 sec, f/4.5, 200mm, iso 3200, 0 Ev
The singer move on stage and quite taxing to the speed
The high ISO at 3200 is not the best with detail with Pentax K20D,
given the odds, f/4.5 does pretty well for sharpness in the eye.
Again, it can be better, but not much complaint for a $40-90 prime

Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 (04B) test shot

1/800 sec, f/5.6, 200mm, iso 100, -0.7 Ev
I purposely underexpose the shot and up the contrast in pp
some flare, maybe in noon time, but color is reasonable

Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 (04B) test shot

1/100 sec, f/4.5, 200mm, iso 125, 0 Ev
Close up is difficult with minimum focusing distance at about 1.7m
color and contrast quite good in normal use, sharpness can be better
Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 (04B) test shot

1/100 sec, f/4.0, 200mm, iso 1600, 0 Ev
Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 (04B) test shot

1/100 sec, f/4.0, 200mm, iso 3200, 0 Ev
Tamron 200mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 (04B) test shot

Impressions & Notes:

  • Very compact in size and the short overall length, size and weight is like a 100 mm prime.
  • Close focus is not a good performer as minimal focusing distance is at a distant value like 5 feet or 1.7 meters. It is good compared to other 200mm prime but still too big to be effective like a true macro lens
  • Built in lens hood very handy to have in the field though a bit too small
  • Filter size is 62mm that shares the same size as 01A, 19AH, 104A and perhaps many others to make a combo adaptall-2 easier with similar lens cap and filters
  • Sharpness is seen very reasonable, it can be better but not bad when I test it indoor in difficult lighting with singer moving in strumming the guitar
  • Ease of use with great handling is the best impression that I have on this prime. Though a good zoom as in 19AH or 30A may rival the quality of this 200mm prime, the size and lighter weight really stands out in this prime. Almost the smallest of the 200mm that I have seen.



street_vision said...

What an awesome portrait!

Alexander Evensen said...

A nice article with nice pictures!

I have a the Vivitar 200mm 1:3.5 Preset Adaptall. I haven't tested it properly yet, but I will. It will be interesting to see how the bokeh looks with its 18 aperture blades :)

fotosentyment said...

But 04B has 58mm filter, older CT-200 has 62mm, which I test since few days :)

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