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11-02-2011, 10:03 AM   #1
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Kiron 80-200 f4.5 or Tamron 80-200 f4.5 (for cheap)


came across 2 almost give-aways at a second hand-market. Theyre about $20 each, nothing to cry about if it fails, but tempted to try one of them out. Anyone have any experience with either?

Kiron 80-200 f4.5
Tamron 80-200 f4.5

I could probably get one for free as an addition to a Pentax 24mm f2.8 SMC for $130 though. Not sure about that deal.

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I'd buy 'em both, find out which one you like best & sell the other. :-)
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Yep, buy them both, I agree.
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If the Tamron 80-210/4.5 is an Adaptall lens and is being sold as a PK mount, the Adaptall PK mount alone is worth more than the lens and any subsequent Tamron Adaptall or Adaptall-2 lenses you buy can be used with the PK adapter in manual mode; green button to meter prior to tripping the shutter.

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I have the (Vivitar) Kiron 80-200/4.5 in M42, a decent lens that's well worth the US$7 I paid for it (shipped). I have another in Minolta MD mount that might be worth the US$5 that I paid. Anyway, the M42 has decent optics that passed my PF test. I'm not ashamed of it. I'll agree that the Tamron is a good prospect if it has an Adaptall mount of any kind. This goes for ANY Adaptall lens you find cheap: GRAB IT!!
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I think I had the Kiron - is it a push pull zoom with zoom lock switch and close up capability (they called it macro I think)? If that's the one, it's a very nice lens, but with the usual purple fringing issues in areas of high contrast. Good for close up work and for portraits. The zoom lock switch is really nice - this should have been a standard feature on all such lenses. Worth $20 if in good condition.
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Bah! I've misspelled it. It's a TOKINA 80-200 f4.5 RMC zoom, not tamron.

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