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01-08-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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$30 for 2 Tamron Zooms

Tamron AF (IF) 28-105mm F4-5.6
Tamron 80-210mm 1:4.5-5.6

Someone is willing to sell me these for $30 total. They've seen a lot of use but they seem to work pretty well when I test them on my camera. Should I buy them or save the 30 towards something newer?


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Can't go wrong with 2 lenses for $30.00 as long as they don't have fungus.
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They're probably vulnerable to purple fringing and other CA in bright contrast situations, but maybe for $30 you'll find they're useful in some situations...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Oldbayrunner Quote
Can't go wrong with 2 lenses for $30.00 as long as they don't have fungus.
What he said.

As for CA and/or purple fringing, there is plenty of that to go around with many current model lenses. Go forth and enjoy your bargain gear!


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Thanks. Looking forward to using the 80-210. It seems to be pretty solid from what I have read about it.
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They're all fun.. I just picked up a Vivitar 400mm f5.6 $30.00, A Tamron adaptall 2 80-210mm F3.8-4 with a PKA adapter (this is what I was after) $25.00 & a Ricoh Rikenon 50mm F1.4 for $25.00 & a Pentax SMC-f 35-70mm f3.5-4 macro for $30.00.. I have a collection of older lenses I enjoy using. Some better than others.
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$30 is just outside of the sandwich rule price range for two sub-par lenses.

I would skip it and hang on to that $30 to put towards something else.
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I have the 28-105. It's a surprisingly good performer. For that price, you can't go wrong.

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As far as zooms go, should I use the Tamron 80-210 mentioned above over my DAL 50-200? Seems like this one might perform a bit better than the kit lens even though it's a bit older.
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QuoteOriginally posted by EarlVonTapia Quote
$30 is just outside of the sandwich rule price range for two sub-par lenses.

I would skip it and hang on to that $30 to put towards something else.
It's in the range of dinner at Applebee's. At least it isn't in the range of 'Ask your wife first'
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
It's in the range of dinner at Applebee's. At least it isn't in the range of 'Ask your wife first'
Hah! Good answer.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aaronjamesgray Quote
Seems like this one might perform a bit better than the kit lens even though it's a bit older.
It very well may perform better. Is it the manual focus Adaptall-2 80-210/3.8-4 without built-in hood (model 103A)? If so, it is a decent lens with an adapter that is worth at least $20 by itself.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
It very well may perform better. Is it the manual focus Adaptall-2 80-210/3.8-4 without built-in hood (model 103A)? If so, it is a decent lens with an adapter that is worth at least $20 by itself.


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It is not the adaptall, but the reviews of the one I got seem to be mostly positive.
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