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12-19-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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Tamron 24-135mm

Anyone familiar with this lens?

Tamron AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SP AD

Amazon has it with a Pentax mount for $158 but I didn't find many reviews.

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QuoteOriginally posted by seachunk2 Quote
Anyone familiar with this lens?

Tamron AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SP AD

Amazon has it with a Pentax mount for $158 but I didn't find many reviews.
I have this lens; with the K20D and grip it's the perfect walk around that renders beautiful colours

1 135 mm close up


2 24 mm


3


4 135 mm


158 dollars; that's a good price (I paid 240 euro's)

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QuoteQuote:
Fookus: I have this lens; with the K20D and grip it's the perfect walk around that renders beautiful colours

1 135 mm close up
2 questions:

1 Is that close up shot a crop?
2) Are the shots @ 24mm PPed for any kind of distortions?


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I too have the lens....great all around performer.

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You can't go wrong with this lens, its build like a tank and IQ is outstanding. Auto focus is fast on my K7 and at this price its a steal. I paid for mine many years ago over $500.- if I remember correctly.
The pics below were all taken with this lens but somehow its not noted in the XIF data.
Greetings

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jewelltrail Quote
2 questions:

1 Is that close up shot a crop?
2) Are the shots @ 24mm PPed for any kind of distortions?


Tx JT
1. no crop; denoised with NIK DFine; sharpened with NIK Output sharpener
2.no corrections on distortions

all shots in DNG (24 mm using M-exposure); no sharpening; no NR
processed in LR3.3 on exposure, white balance, curve
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This was one of my first 'nicer' lenses that I purchased way back in my ZX-50/ZX-7 days, and I still own it. On film, the zoom range was ideal as an all around performer, and it still holds it own on crop sensor bodies, although the 24mm doesnt give as wide as a feel as I sometimes need. With the screwdriven AF and a short focus throw, the AF is MUCH faster than my DA* 50-135 and I find that I prefer this lens over my 50-135 for things like photographing my dog (or other dogs) running around at the dog park, as the AF is faster. Colors are acurate, and the build of the lens is solid - its as wide around as my DA*16-50, albeit a little shorter and weighs proportionately less than my 16-50.

The *ONLY* flaw Ive found to the Tamron 24-135 is that the lens seems to be slightly more prone to flair compared to most of the Pentax branded lenses I own. Since that is a shortcoming that can be avoided...the lens is definitely worth it, especially at $158. I paid around $425-$450, if I recall correctly.

Reviews found here: Tamron SP AF 24-135mm F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical [IF] Lens Reviews - Tamron Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database seem to support the overall tone of this thread...solid lens and a good value at $158.
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Fookus: 1. no crop; denoised with NIK DFine; sharpened with NIK Output sharpener
2.no corrections on distortions

all shots in DNG (24 mm using M-exposure); no sharpening; no NR
processed in LR3.3 on exposure, white balance, curve
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Schraubstock You can't go wrong with this lens, its build like a tank and IQ is outstanding. Auto focus is fast on my K7 and at this price its a steal. I paid for mine many years ago over $500.- if I remember correctly.
The pics below were all taken with this lens but somehow its not noted in the XIF data.
Greetings
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PentaxScott This was one of my first 'nicer' lenses that I purchased way back in my ZX-50/ZX-7 days, and I still own it. On film, the zoom range was ideal as an all around performer, and it still holds it own on crop sensor bodies, although the 24mm doesnt give as wide as a feel as I sometimes need. With the screwdriven AF and a short focus throw, the AF is MUCH faster than my DA* 50-135 and I find that I prefer this lens over my 50-135 for things like photographing my dog (or other dogs) running around at the dog park, as the AF is faster. Colors are acurate, and the build of the lens is solid - its as wide around as my DA*16-50, albeit a little shorter and weighs proportionately less than my 16-50.

The *ONLY* flaw Ive found to the Tamron 24-135 is that the lens seems to be slightly more prone to flair compared to most of the Pentax branded lenses I own. Since that is a shortcoming that can be avoided...the lens is definitely worth it, especially at $158. I paid around $425-$450, if I recall correctly.

Reviews found here: Tamron SP AF 24-135mm F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical [IF] Lens Reviews - Tamron Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database seem to support the overall tone of this thread...solid lens and a good value at $158.
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forensicscientist I too have the lens....great all around performer.
Thanks--I have one on the way. LBA must be fed--there be no cure.

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LBA, I know it well! Have already sold my wife and kids into slavery to feed my ediction. (Jesting).
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Schraubstock LBA, I know it well! Have already sold my wife and kids into slavery to feed my ediction. (Jesting).
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Can you still shoot them as slaves---


Hey, over at the, ehemmmm, Miranda site (shhhh), this lens gets the highest rating of all Tamron zooms--ain't that something!!! And most of the reviews are for this lens on Full Frame cameras, like the 5d, for example, which is not very forgiving of lenses. I am looking forward to this little honey making its way into my hands. It covers a great range!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jewelltrail Quote
Can you still shoot them as slaves---


Hey, over at the, ehemmmm, Miranda site (shhhh), this lens gets the highest rating of all Tamron zooms--ain't that something!!! And most of the reviews are for this lens on Full Frame cameras, like the 5d, for example, which is not very forgiving of lenses. I am looking forward to this little honey making its way into my hands. It covers a great range!
I'd love to know why Tamron stopped making this lens, it's truly a magnificent piece of gear and it would sell very well in today's market. I started using it on my K10, K20 and now K7 and I can't wait to stick it on the K5 as soon as I an get hold of one. I have accumulated some 9 lenses over the years but this one is always on my camera. I hope yours will be as spot on as mine is.
Greetings

P.S. Couple more photos to show you what this lens can do. Just did some level adjustment, no sharpening and a bit of contrast.
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