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sorted78

Link Posted 04/09/2011 - 07:59
Some of the Tamron Adaptall Zooms are also excellent and can be bought for under £10; just about anything from their SP range is pretty good (although a bit more expensive).

I have the 19AH 70-210mm f/3.5, which is regarded (in some quarters) as one of the best zoom lenses ever made. I've certainly been very happy with mine.

George Lazarette

Link Posted 05/09/2011 - 18:18
I'm not sure which quarters you have in mind.

The VS1 70-210 made by Komine is very highly regarded, though the colours are a bit cold compared to Pentax lenses.

The SMCP-A 70-210 1:4 is also a splendid lens, and one of the very best Pentax manual-focus zooms. It was replaced by the SMCP-F 70-210 1:4-5.6, which is also excellent.

There are a number of other Pentax lenses in more or less the same range, including 80-200, but, except for the hard-to-find FA* 80-200, they are inferior to those mentioned.

I agree about the 75-150. Superb for frame-filling portraits.

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Last Edited by George Lazarette on 05/09/2011 - 18:22

Transit

Link Posted 05/09/2011 - 21:44
sorted78 wrote:
Some of the Tamron Adaptall Zooms are also excellent and can be bought for under £10; just about anything from their SP range is pretty good (although a bit more expensive).

I have the 19AH 70-210mm f/3.5, which is regarded (in some quarters) as one of the best zoom lenses ever made. I've certainly been very happy with mine.

Might be worth checkiing that these play nicely with digital sensors.
My 300mm5.6 SP adaptall is a pearler on the K100D but had a huge purple blur in the center of the frame with the K-7.

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bjolester

Link Posted 05/09/2011 - 22:01
This may be slightly off topic, but I just noticed this ad on the major Norwegian internet marketplace:

http://www.finn.no/finn/torget/tilsalgs/annonse?finnkode=30499255

A Pentax A35-105mm f3.5 with a pricetag of NRK 2700,- = GBP 307,-
The first sentence in the ad reads: Cheaper than on eBay!


What planet is this seller from...

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DaveHolmes

Link Posted 05/09/2011 - 22:24
Pentax-F 35-70mm f3.5-f4.5 is a useful little zoom to have in the bag...

OP didn't (that I saw) specify a desired focal length?

I just gave a Vivitar 70-200mm macro (1:4) to a friend shooting a Samsung-K10... I got a couple nice candids with it but it rarely made the bag...
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bjolester

Link Posted 06/09/2011 - 00:09
I have found the Pentax A35-105 to be a very useful older zoom. It has the "A" setting, making it easier to use on DSLR than the K and M series zooms in achieving correct exposure. It is very sharp and produces wonderful colours. The drawback is the focal length. On a crop sensor 35mm is for most purposes not wide enough for this lens to be the primary "walk-around-lens". But maybe in combination with the DA12-24 or a few wide primes, one could find a useful lens combination. I paid about GBP 70 and 100 for mine A35-105 zooms (I have two).

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melness

Link Posted 06/09/2011 - 10:10
Some useful ideas for the future,just to add ... I have the 35 f2.4 arriving today . My lady wife informed me last night that I can check it out then she's wrapping it up for my birthday which is 2 wks away . Woman can be so cruel .......
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OldTaffy

Link Posted 06/09/2011 - 15:11
sorted78 wrote:
Some of the Tamron Adaptall Zooms are also excellent and can be bought for under £10; just about anything from their SP range is pretty good (although a bit more expensive).

I still have a Tamron SP CF Macro 28-80mm f3.5/4.2 zoom. It was bought in the 1990s for general and museum photography. It was attractive for the latter because it can focus down to 0.36 metre, and the zoom control is a rotating ring, not the slider which was commoner at that time. This Tamron can be used for vertical shots on a tripod without focus or zoom drifting under gravity.

It is still on my old Olympus OM2 spot-programme camera, with an Adaptall mount. Hasn't been used for years. I ought to buy it a PK mount and try it on my K-x. It might suffer from the 'purple blur' that Pete mentions, and which is very noticeable on my Tamron 90mm macro when that is stopped down smaller than f/8. See: link

I have no idea what the Tamron 28-80 fetches on eBay these days. I'd better have a look

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Link Posted 06/09/2011 - 19:24
Another vote for the A35-105 f3.5. A really top notch zoom - for IQ and build. The DA*50-135 of its day. Worth the £80-100 you'll pay for it and more. I think MikeP still has one of these up for sale in the classifieds.
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Transit

Link Posted 06/09/2011 - 21:20
OldTaffy wrote:
... It might suffer from the 'purple blur' that Pete mentions, and which is very noticeable on my Tamron 90mm macro when that is stopped down smaller than f/8. ...

Funnily enough my Tamron 90/2.5 macro is perfect with the K100D but did the purple blur on the K-7.
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Link Posted 06/09/2011 - 21:32
bjolester wrote:
I have found the Pentax A35-105 to be a very useful older zoom. It has the "A" setting, making it easier to use on DSLR than the K and M series zooms in achieving correct exposure. It is very sharp and produces wonderful colours. The drawback is the focal length. On a crop sensor 35mm is for most purposes not wide enough for this lens to be the primary "walk-around-lens". But maybe in combination with the DA12-24 or a few wide primes, one could find a useful lens combination. I paid about GBP 70 and 100 for mine A35-105 zooms (I have two).

Regards
Bjørn

This is the truth, my favotrite lens. It also has a quasi-Macro, not a patch on the DFA100m, but it fabulous for bring out the bokeh (which is the best on any lens I own) for portraits etc.

Like John saild at the start of the thread, just do some google searches and have a few punts on ebay, you may get lucky, you may have to stick it back on ebay - I would stick with Pentax branded units to be on the safe side though (value / re-sale ease)
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dcweather

Link Posted 09/09/2011 - 21:13
I've tried a load of Tamron Adaptalls and have found them great, even the non-SP's can be good. The 103A 80-210 is great and light and has good macro. I agree about the 19AH - very highly rated in this quarter as well

kh1234567890

Link Posted 13/09/2011 - 12:12
Grab this Sigma 75-200mm f3.8 AF. Heavy and solid but pin sharp. I've had one for a while now - some samples are here
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Blythman

Link Posted 13/09/2011 - 12:33
kh1234567890 wrote:
Grab this Sigma 75-200mm f3.8 AF. Heavy and solid but pin sharp. I've had one for a while now - some samples are here

This was my favourite lens back in the day, photographing on film on a tight budget. Still got it. It does suffer from a creeping zoom

Weight is relative. Its heavy compared to the kit lens but given it is f3.8 throughout, it is reasonably light. Gets a good score on the review section of the other forum, with cost being a consideration.
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sorted78

Link Posted 13/09/2011 - 22:39
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I'm not sure which quarters you have in mind.

There was a thread about it on the 'other forum' a while ago, in which the Tamron 19AH was compared favourably to the equivalent Vivitar Series 1 lenses: link.

A quick Google shows that it appears the quote I remembered, about it being one of the best zoom lenses in the range ever made, may not have come from an entirely impartial source... http://www.adaptall-2.org/lenses/19AH.html.

I had a copy of the Tokina made Vivitar Series 1 70-210 (v2) that I sold when I got the Tamron. Both were very good, but I preferred the pictures I got with the Tamron.
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