Manual Lenses still Rock.....

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As a lot of people still have and use their film cameras as I do, I still have my fair share of gear…
My main film camera from the 80’s was an Olympus OM4 (which I still have), plus a collection of lenses which is a lot smaller now.


But in this collection I have 3 Tamron Adaptall 2 SP lenses…

Tamron SP35-80 f/2.8-3.8
Tamron SP70-210 f/3.5-4
Tamron SP35-210 f/3.5-4.2
Tamron SP x2 TC
For years these have just sat idle and used very occasionally, and are in brand new condition…
I’ve managed to get the Adaptall 2 to suit a Nikon.
Well to cut a long story short, got them, tried them and these 25 year old lenses are better than I could ever hoped for…
Now to sharpen up my manual focusing skills…

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words…
(BTW EXIF file doesn't always show the correct FL and were all shot in jpg's)

D300, Tamron 35-210 f3.5-4.2 @180mm, f/5.6, ISO 200
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100% crop of above....
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D300, Tamron 35-210 f3.5-4.2 in macro mode, 1/80s, f/3.5, ISO 4500
Not too shabby had held in macro and at ISO 4500
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D300, Tamron 35-80 f3.5-4 + Kenko x1.4 TC @80mm, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 900
The Kenko works a treat on these lenses...
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D300, Tamron 70-210 f3.5-4 + Tamron x2 TC @210mm(equal to 630mm in 35mm), 1/640s, f/4, ISO 1400 (Hand Held)
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D300, Tamron 35-210 f3.5-4.2 @210mm, f/8, ISO 200
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D50, Tamron 70-210 f3.5-4 in Macro Mode 1/250s, f/4, ISO200
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Well as I said, I was more than happy with how these lenses performed, especially the 35-210 as it gave better than expected IQ for a 25year old 6x zoom, what do you think...???
Has anybody else found some of their old lenses had surprised them in IQ...???
 
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OK...Guess I'm the only one using old Tamron manual lenses & being impressed by there IQ...:biggrin:....
I would have thought that there were a lot of manual lenses being used, as I would have loved to see some samples....:rolleyes:
Oh well, never mind as I'm more that happy with what these oldies can produce....:smile:
Thanks to those who have had a look....
 
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I have a 28 2.5 and a 75-150 3.5 adaptall both solid performers although my e series 75-150 beats the tammy. nice pics it's always fun to find some treasure you forgot about.
happy shooting Brian
 
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Thanks Brian....
I really wasn't expecting too much from these lenses, but after a few test shots, I was really surprised at what they could deliver....
Your right, its always fun to find a few treasures, and in this case, lenses to use.... :eek:))
 

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