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03-28-2007, 06:10 PM   #1
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My First LBA Post: Tamron SP 80-200/2.8 LD

I have been looking for a fast lens to take pictures of my kids at indoor functions. Fast auto focus lenses are very expensive so I decided to concentrate on manual focus. After watching several lenses go high on ebay, I posted here in the wanted market place. I had to pass on a nice Tokina 80-200/2.8 auto focus at a very good price, but still higher than I could justify. KEH had a Tamron in EX condition but at over $400. I usually donít check B&H or Adoramaís used listings but did last week and found a Tamron SP 80-200/2.8 in EX- condition for $200 so I went for it.
The hood has some scuffs and there are a couple on the body but the glass is in perfect shape and it focuses and zooms nicely. But this thing is big! I knew the dimensions and the weight from the Adaptall-2 website but actually holding it is much more impressive! It will definitely get looks. Itís built like a tank and even the hood is metal. Here it is next to a M50/1.7:



And the business end:



The weather here has been cloudy and rainy so I havenít had a chance to give it a good workout. Hereís a 100% crop at 200mm and f2.8 with no processing. It shows some green fringing but has more detail wide open than I thought it would. With a little USM it looks very good. I hope to do more shooting this weekend but I think it will work well for itís intended purpose.



Anyone know if the matching 2x flat field converter is worth getting?

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03-28-2007, 08:28 PM   #2
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Niceee catch. haha the AF 2.8 zooms are so over priced nowadays! Hey is there a tripod mount. The lens looks really heavy.
03-29-2007, 10:57 AM   #3
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Yep, it came with the tripod mount. I took it off for now. It's heavy; 48 oz according to adaptall-2.com. I think all the 2.8 zooms in this range are heavy though. Now I just need a 77mm cap...
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damn. thats like 1.3kg. Twice the weight of my Vivitar 28-90. your hands must ache hold that haha.

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QuoteOriginally posted by FotoPete Quote
damn. thats like 1.3kg. Twice the weight of my Vivitar 28-90. your hands must ache hold that haha.
That is a bit on the heavy side. I can hand carry 3.2 kg A* 300 f2.8!

Congrads on a new lens - Receiving a new lens is alway elating!
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