TAMRON SP 90MM F2.5 MACRO LENS.


katiem111

Link Posted 23/02/2011 - 21:52
Hi all, can anyone tell me what they think of this lens for my k-x. Seems to be going v.cheap even for s/h, and needs adaptall mount, another thing i have to learn about Very new to photography and dont know much about the different lenses and especially whether they fit my camera. thanks in advance.
I do want a true macro but they are very expensive (have not learned to ignore price yet) and this seems like the job.
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out
Last Edited by katiem111 on 23/02/2011 - 21:56

Mike-P

Link Posted 23/02/2011 - 22:05
Very good lens at a reasonable price but really needs the PK/A mount to go with it which adds another 60 or so.

It's 1:2 magnification on it's own or 1:1 with the (sometimes) supplied macro tube.
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DrOrloff

Link Posted 23/02/2011 - 22:15
I love this lens. Very sharp and beautiful, warm colours. The PK/A mount makes life a lot easier. I have the extension tube for 1:1 but I find it a complete PITA to fit on and off and focusing is then very close. The 1:2 magnification however is very good for flowers and the like. If you want to see some sample shots then please ask.
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katiem111

Link Posted 23/02/2011 - 22:21
thanks Mike and DrOrloff, i fear much rolling of eyes, but i have already ordered two lenses from e-bay, still waiting on postie, and i just cant keep away from it! Think i will go for it, and worry about the adaptor thingy later. maybe some kind soul here will have one for sale, there seems to be a pretty high turnover in gear...

Mike-P

Link Posted 23/02/2011 - 22:25
katiem111 wrote:
maybe some kind soul here will have one for sale, there seems to be a pretty high turnover in gear...

I do have one I was thinking of selling.
Problem is that it is absolutely mint and comes in a presentation set along with the hood (optional extra) case, macro tube, little spray bottle and coloured cards.

So would be looking for a pretty high price compared to others.
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katiem111

Link Posted 23/02/2011 - 22:27
RARE PENTAX PK-A PK/A FIT TAMRON ADAPTALL 2 MOUNT AD2

Is this what i need?
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out

katiem111

Link Posted 23/02/2011 - 22:28
Ok Mike, hit me.
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out

Mike-P

Link Posted 23/02/2011 - 22:30
katiem111 wrote:
RARE PENTAX PK-A PK/A FIT TAMRON ADAPTALL 2 MOUNT AD2
Is this what i need?

Yes

katiem111 wrote:
Ok Mike, hit me.

I will dig it out tomorrow and make sure everything is ok with it then get back to you.

Also have a spare PK/A mount I think.
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katiem111

Link Posted 23/02/2011 - 22:36
ok mike, now to figure out how to afford all this gear
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out

Dotandcom

Link Posted 23/02/2011 - 23:08
I agree that the Tamron 90 2.5mm is an excellent lens, and something of a bargain. I used it a lot with my old Nikon camera and was very pleased with the results. I have bought a PK mount so as to use the lens with my K-5. As I understand it (I can't test it because my K-5 is away having its sensor seen to), using the PK mount means that you have to use the lens in manual mode but in any case I always preferred manual control for macro work with the Tamron on the Nikon because I found it more accurate and precise than auto. If you're concerned about cost, Katie, the PK mount is much cheaper (I think I paid 25) and it is much more readily available. However, if you've set your heart on the PK/A mount you can easily talk yourself into it by thinking of what a bargain you've got in the Tamron lens!

Good luck,

Chris

katiem111

Link Posted 24/02/2011 - 21:05
thanks chris, have my eye on both e-bay, trying to hold my nerve and not bid too soon. Just as happy with either one really.
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out

Tyr

Link Posted 24/02/2011 - 21:59
Sharpest macro lens I have ever seen and used. Not tried with the 1:1 extensions as it was borrowed.
Regards,
Dan

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thoughton

Link Posted 25/02/2011 - 09:31
I also have this lens and love it. Not for sale Very sharp, great colour and bokeh. I agree that the 1:1 extension tube is a right PITA. I never use it simply because it's such a hassle. One thing I would say is these lenses often come without hoods, and the hood is quite expensive to buy separately (approx 20).

Something else to consider, once you've added up the cost of the lens and tube (90ish), a PKA mount (60ish), a hood (20), you're not too far off the cost of an autofocus version of this lens. I've never used the AF version but by all accounts it's pretty good too.
Tim
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Last Edited by thoughton on 25/02/2011 - 09:33

chrism_scotland

Link Posted 25/02/2011 - 10:38
True a brand new Tamron 90mm f2.8 is about 250 from One Stop Digital in Hong Kong although quite a bit dearer from a UK seller.

giofi

Link Posted 25/02/2011 - 16:26
thoughton wrote:
One thing I would say is these lenses often come without hoods, and the hood is quite expensive to buy separately (approx 20).

Tim, do you know where I could find the hood, I have been looking for it without success.
Giorgio

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