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08-19-2010, 03:43 PM   #31
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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Macro (72B) Adaptall-2

I got this for macro shots, but some of my best portraits come from this lens. The colour and contrast are great from this lens.

08-19-2010, 04:08 PM   #32
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working up:

Zenitar 16/2.8
Isco Westron 35/2.8
Meyer Oreston 50/1.8
Helios-44 58/2
Nikkor 85/2
Vivitar-Komine 90/2.8 macro
Meyer Trioplan 100/2.8
Jupiter-11 135/4
Meyer Telemegor 180/5.5
Vivitar Series 1 Version 1 70-210/3.5

Ten lenses: seven European (three FSU, four German), three Japanese. An interesting side-bet would be: versus which Pentax lens? In each range, what's the Asahi competition? For me, it's like this:

Zenitar 16 vs... nothing
nothing vs....... SMC-M 28/2.8
Isco 35 vs....... SuperTak 35/3.5
Meyer 50 vs.... FA50/1.4, M50/1.7
Helios-44 vs.... SuperTak 55/1.8
Nikkor 85, Viv 90, Meyer 100 vs... nada
Jupiter-11 vs... Takumar-B 135/2.5
Meyer 180 vs.. Tele-Tak 200/5.6
Viv S1v1 vs..... Takumar-A 70-200/4

In all those pairings, I can't declare any 'winners'. Each has its own glories. And the list could change. A Zuiko 50/1.4 (OM mount) should arrive in a few days -- maybe it will make the cull.
08-19-2010, 04:23 PM   #33
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08-19-2010, 04:48 PM   #34
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
Sigma 10-20, Tamron 28-75
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woof!

08-19-2010, 05:00 PM   #35
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First favorite:
Carl-Zeiss T*Planar 85/1.4 ZK
Next:
Tamron 70-200/2.8
Cosina 55/1.2

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08-19-2010, 05:18 PM   #36
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Top five in decending order based on frequency of use across all cameras:
  • KMZ Helios 44M 58/2
  • KMZ Zenitar 16/2.8 Fisheye
  • Caltar II-N 90/6.8
  • Tamron 28/2.5 (02B)
  • LZOS Jupiter-9 85/2


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08-19-2010, 05:46 PM   #37
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Tamron SP 80-200 2.8
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My Tamron Adaptall-2 #40A 35-135mm f3.5-4.5. Great sharp lens.

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Ah, Riorico. Nice to see another Oreston 50/1.8 fan ...
08-19-2010, 06:38 PM   #40
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
1. Tamron SP 180mm/2.5
2. Sigma EX DG 105mm/2.5 Macro
3. Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 105mm/2.8
Hey Blue,

Glad to see I'm not the only one to list the Tamron 180/2.5.

Tom G
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QuoteOriginally posted by fish4570 Quote
Ah, Riorico. Nice to see another Oreston 50/1.8 fan ...
Unlike the Domiplan 50/2.8 and Primotar-E 50/3.5, the Oreston (like the M50/1.7) has pixie dust scattered all over it. Achoo. So does that Isco 35/2.8 I mentioned, almost Leica-like in its 3D rendering.

Ooh, speaking of Schneider (Isco is a unit thereof), I forgot to list my favorite strange lens, the Schneider Betavaron 3,5...11/0.08 badged as KREONITE, with brutally sharp optics and the weirdest operating style you can imagine for general photography. And it's heavy enough to kill a poodle.
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I see Antigua, Guatemala, in your profile box, Rico. My bride and I spent a lovely week there five years ago. Great coffee: Azotea ...
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QuoteOriginally posted by fish4570 Quote
I see Antigua, Guatemala, in your profile box, Rico. My bride and I spent a lovely week there five years ago. Great coffee: Azotea ...
Ah yes, the Azotea finca/peña/museos out in Jocotenango -- that was one of our first stops too. We went to La Antigua for a wedding; we stayed in Guatemala for six weeks and fell in love with Central America; we keep driving back, to visit family or just absorb the wonders. We feel more at home in Chiapas and Guatemala than in most of America Norte. And we can afford to drive around there, unlike in USA.

Yeah, coffee at Azotea is quite good. But for the BEST... when we first went in 2003, we had a 2001 copy of the LONELY PLANET guide, which said to go to Fernando's Cafe for the best. Alas, Fernando's was no longer in the designated spot south of the plaza. We were heartbroken (and sleepy). After the wedding, we checked into the hospitable Posada La Merced... and found that Fernando had moved next door! Fernando went to fincas (coffee plantations) every morning for the latest pick, roasted it on his home-made machine, and served THE BEST coffee in La Antigua, thus the best in Guatemala, thus the best in the world... for about US$0.50, all you can drink. Add another US$1.50 for a desayuno typico (country breakfast) and we're ready to face the world.

But I digress. Be sure to take cameras. And lenses. And watch for pickpockets.
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I've gotta tag up on the Tamrons also - the 28-75/2.8 in general, but . . .

. . . with an SP 90/2.5, SP 180/2.5, SP 80-200/2.8 or SP 300/2.8 (360B) reserved for frequent special occasions.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
Hey Blue,

Glad to see I'm not the only one to list the Tamron 180/2.5.

Tom G
:bigthumbsup: That lens is a lot of fun to use, plus it is capable of nice images.
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