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04-13-2008, 07:37 AM   #1
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Tamron Adaptall 300mm f5.6

I can only find one topic about this lens that was sold here. I was wondering if anyone else has had any experience with this lens and would recommend. Thanks all.
I shot with K10d and love their macro lenses.
I can pick one up for $100 so I was wondering it if it was worth it


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04-13-2008, 08:24 AM   #2
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There were several versions of this lens over the years. If the one you're looking at is the SP version

Tamron SP Adaptall-2 300mm F/5.6 Model 54B

then I'd say it's well worth $100, if you can work with the slow maximum aperture. I've not shot with this lens, but my experience with other SP series Tamrons has been very good. They're not called Super Performance for nothing. If possible, take some test shots before you buy.
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Well, if you saw my FS thread, you know that this one is one of the best 300mm lenses, even though it's one of the slowest. The lens is pretty rare, cause of its short production and stellar performance. $100 is a bargain, I priced mine at $180 (well the lens+TC though), which is already below the market price. You can go to mflenses.com and take a look at Attila's Tamron 300 gallery. Most people over there agree that this lens beats most of the current zoom xx-300mm.

However, 5.6 is a bit slow for birding, especially you need to stop 1 stop down for much better performance. Street candid or close focus shot is more suitable for this lens.
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Thanks for the responses. I know 5.6 is a little slow, but wildlife is the primary reason for interest. Will nesting, perching birds and other wildlife like deer be a problem?
I think I could put some use to it with street candid because I plan on exploring variety of aspects of photograghy. As I am new to slr I have much to learn.
How does it fair close focus? Thanks again

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You can see some shots here:

http://forum.mflenses.com/tamron-sp-300mm-f5-6-t5019,highlight,tamron+300mm.html
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Thanks again for the links. I went ahead and picked it up. After looking at it again and taking a few test shots I was sold. The lens in immaculate condition! I don't see hardly any use. I'm going to take it out tomorrow and give it a real test.
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QuoteOriginally posted by OrenMc Quote
I can only find one topic about this lens that was sold here. I was wondering if anyone else has ahd any experience eith this lens and would recommend. Thanks all.
I shot with K10d and love their macro lenses.
I can pick one up for $100 so I was wondering it if it was worth it
If anyone has a Tamron 350 Mirror Lens for Sale...I want it!!!!!!

Please.

Ben
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I forgot to add that it gives me a f4 read on my K10D. Is that what I actually have or is it a metering error? Thanks, Newbie

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
If anyone has a Tamron 350 Mirror Lens for Sale...I want it!!!!!!

Please.

Ben
Hi Ben,

I think you can check out mflenses.com. The owner, Atilla, sold quite a few.
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QuoteOriginally posted by OrenMc Quote
I forgot to add that it gives me a f4 read on my K10D. Is that what I actually have or is it a metering error? Thanks, Newbie
You might not have the P/KA Adaptall mounted correctly. If memory serves, there's a small chrome tab on the mount that fits into a small depression on the lens barrel. Stop the lens down and see if the meter reads 1 stop brighter/wider all the way through the range. If the mount is on correctly and the meter still shows 1 stop brighter, I'm out of ideas.

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
If anyone has a Tamron 350 Mirror Lens for Sale...I want it!!!!!!
Do you mean the lens that made these pictures:







No way, I won't sell it!

Cheers!

Abbazz
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