Tamron

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by BobbyR, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. BobbyR

    BobbyR Member

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    I have a Tamron 70-350 f3.5 that has served me well, but I have noticed that at Ebay at least, Tamron 80-200 f2.8 adaptall zooms are selling for fifty to one hundred percent more than I paid for a similar Tokina.

    I have read on the third party verse factory lenses as well as I could, did I miss something about Tamrons that they are worth that much?

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  2. David A. Goldfarb

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    Some of the Tamron SP Adaptall II lenses, like the SP 90/2.5 Macro or later 2.8 or the SP 300/2.8 or the SP 35-105/2.8 ASPH constant aperture zoom are pretty good lenses, and the Adaptall mount makes them usable on many different cameras, so some of them hold their value pretty well.
     
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    So it would seem, I found a store that has a Tamron-Ricoh adapter, not cheap, as the Ricoh items I thought I could get, body, lenses and accesories, quite cheaply are pushing prices for Ricoh products higher and closer to 200 dollars with every auction.
    I have not seen a Rikenon 24-40 f2.8 for auction yet, but I dread t see what it will bring, of course first I have to get that Ricoh body I thought would be an easy task.
    So Tamron is expensive, Ricoh is expensive, maybe there is a lesson in there some where.
    Bobby
    PS--Oddly, but not really, I see some of the big stores, including the biggest up here in the Twin Cities, are putting up for auction items such as Nikon F2 and Canon F-1N cameras, starting at prices that if sold during a lull, will not get near what they probably are priced in-store.
    It makes one wonder.

    PPS--My Pay Pal account has been made useless by a scam phisher, I seems he did not get c card info due to convoluted method I use, but all BEWARE.
     
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  4. Kiron Kid

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    I've got two Tamron SP 20-40 AF lenses, a Tamron SP 17mm & the Tamron SP 24-135AF, and they are all VERY good performers. It seems that Tamron doesn't cut corners when it comes to their SP line. They often exceed the quality and results of OEM lenses. And many of their "consumer" grade lenses are quite good too.

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  5. David A. Goldfarb

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    I have the late-version SP 17mm, too--very nice lens, but I don't have the shade, which one needs to use filters with the lens. The shade slips on and filters thread onto the front of the shade. Maybe I can use 4" gels and the Lee Gel-Snap.
     
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    Dave

    I have the version with the built in filters ( http://www.adaptall-2.com/lenses/51B.html ), and I got lucky, because mine came with the original Tamron lens shade. The shades are not easy to find, and when they come around, it's always a bidding war. I contacted Tamron, and they say that the two lenses are identical in optical design. Mine has been a very good optical performer.

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    Very nice. I'd been bidding variously on the early and the late version, and the one I got is in nice condition, but it would be handy to have had the built-in filters.
     
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    Not to worry. You have a nice lens. I wonder if there are any "Sonia" hoods, wide enough for it. I'll look into that...

    Kiron Kid