Tamron Bundle


Link Posted 29/01/2011 - 16:18
I think (hope) I may have picked up a bargain last night. My camera club had it's auction night and I came away with a lot of three Tamron Adaptall 2 lenses for 15!

They are:
105mm f2.5
200mm f3.5 Close Focus
35-80mm f2.8-3.8 CF Macro

The only downside is that two of them have Contax mounts and the other has no mount at the moment!

Hopefully I haven't made a big mistake, but I think they have good reputations?



Link Posted 29/01/2011 - 16:33
10 delivered for the basic adapall mount.
50+ for the adapall PKA mount.
If you do use them then you have done well, if not you can always move them on at the next auction.

K5 + 8mm-500mm zooms and primes
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Link Posted 29/01/2011 - 16:44
I picked up a 28mm 2.5 from a boot sale and that was 10. The contax mounts seem to go for between 10-20 on ebay, so i'm sure you have a bargain.
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Link Posted 29/01/2011 - 16:45
Myles wrote:

I think (hope) I may have picked up a bargain last night. My camera club had it's auction night and I came away with a lot of three Tamron Adaptall 2 lenses for 15!

You jammy bar-steward

If they are in good nick and then you have been very lucky indeed

I had the 35-80mm (Adaptall II SP series) almost permanantly on my 35mm camera in the days I shot mainly slides. It was one of the best buys (from new) I hade ever made as it was sharp and contrasty with good colour rendition and nice bokeh. Indeed, it is still highly thought of by some in the wider Pentax community today link. More info on this and other older Tamron lenses here: link

I can't be so specific about the two primes which are both from the first series, but I do recall that, for their time, they were also highly regarded.

Your next challenge will be to track down an Adaptall II mount in a PK fitting for a reasonable price. Although not that rare, they often go for silly money on fleabay. The cheapest on sale at the moment is about 30.00 inc p&p from a U.K. seller link, which for my money, not that it is, is high but not outrageously so.

Last Edited by prsjnb on 29/01/2011 - 16:46


Link Posted 29/01/2011 - 19:52
The 200 is quite the performer and worth more than 15 all by its own. So good in fact that I would consider getting the PKA adapter for it. It would be worth paying the 50ish to get it to talk nicely to your camera. I've owned that lens and the Pentax 200/4 SMCM. I reckon the images from the Tamron were better. Sharper and less fringing.

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Link Posted 30/01/2011 - 06:50
The SP 35-80mm f2.8-3.8 CF Macro is probably my favourite lens.

K5, K20D, Bigma, Sigma EX 105, Sigma EX 10-20, Sigma EX 28-70 F2.8, Sigma Ex 1.4TC,
Pentax 135 F3.5, Pentax 30mm F2.8 , Pentax 50mm F1.7, Pentax 55mm F1.8,
Super Taks: 35mm F3.5, 50mm F1.4, 135mm F3.5, 200mm F4
Vivitar TX 200mm F3.5,Vivitar (Komine)135mm f2.8, Vivitar 2X TC, Vivitar T4 400mm F6.3
Tamron SP 35-80,80-210 F3.8, Helios 44M, Mir 1B 37mm F2.8, Jupiter 9 85mm F2, Chinon 28mm F2.8, 3M-5A 500mm F8 etc etc


Link Posted 30/01/2011 - 07:59
I'd be interested in the 105 if you decide to sell it (or alternatively I have some spare adaptall mounts and a range of other kit if you'd like to do some kind of swap)


Link Posted 01/02/2011 - 00:03
Thanks for the feedback, folks - I feel suitably reassured!

I think I have some mounts sorted (though not PKA) and will not be selling any of them, at least not until I've had a good play with them. The only issue appears to be a little fungus on the rear element of the 105. I'm not sure if I can get it shifted, but it's no big deal if I can't.



Link Posted 01/02/2011 - 09:13
Fair enough (always worth asking though!). The 105/2.5 is highly regarded - hope you get on well with it.
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