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05-15-2009, 12:55 PM   #16


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The Pentax A35-105 and F 35-70 were mentioned in this thread , I own and love them both but they did not "surprise " me. What came as an eye opening shocker was a lowly Tamron 28-70 Adaptal which came in a kit I had bought.I thought it would be junk but oh what a pleasant surprise. Very sharp . great color and built like a tank. Since finding this lens I've stopped turning my nose up at 3rd party product and bought several other Tamron lenses. including the 103A which was also dirt cheap , sharp , great bokeh , and has become one of my favorite lenses.Following is the first shot I ever took with the 103A
Hey Gus , I've heard you talk about the Helios and Tair and seen some beautiful tes shots but I'm unfamilliar with them . Are they M42 or bayonet? Do they have "A" funtion?
Hey Captain... The 'Tasty' Helios 44m and Tair 11a are both M42 non-A lenses. Both are pretty good on green button metering (meaning you dont need a lot of exposure bumpin') but I tend to shoot both wide open.

But you have reminded me of my other 'big' surprise lens...

The TAMRON adaptol 103a 80-210mm....
it was a freebie I think with the adaptor... or I may have spent 20 bucks on it. But man it is sharp and with the 'macro'ish close focus it is fun to use....

05-15-2009, 02:23 PM   #17
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My 180$ (new) Sigma 70-300 zoom.
Wow, great shot.

I am quite pleased with my Sigma 70-300 too. This is at 70mm:

This is the DL, not the APO version, and yet it does perform quite well for the money I paid for it (35, used)

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Tamron AD-2 SP #01A 35~80 f/2.8~3.8 (1979-1985)

Not because it is a unknown lens (it isn't), but because it is so good for so little money - and I got the adapter to work below f/4. SR was enabled but not engaged for this shot.

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Tamron AD2 SP #01A 35~80 f/2.8~3.8

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QuoteOriginally posted by richard64 Quote
Wow, great shot.

I am quite pleased with my Sigma 70-300 too. This is at 70mm:

This is the DL, not the APO version, and yet it does perform quite well for the money I paid for it (35, used)

Ok. With that being said and shown, the Sigma is vastly superior to my Quantery/Tamron 70-300?

How fast does it focus?

Does it have a Macro feature/

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the Pentax K 50mm f/1.2 - I didn't expect it to be so sharp wide open...I didn't see that coming..

...neither did the guy in the pic below...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
the Pentax K 50mm f/1.2 - I didn't expect it to be so sharp wide open...I didn't see that coming..

...neither did the guy in the pic below...
Nice lens. Over the years, I've constantly been on the lookout for someone incorrectly listing/selling an f1.2 as a 1:2. No such luck. I always check camera kits being sold with 50mm's attached, but this lens is very rare. My f1.7 will have to do until then.
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Well, it's no Pentax K 50mm F1.2 .... But, I've got a Mamiya/Sekor 55mm F1.8 that is living on my K100D these days. I thought it'd be rubbish, as I'm not a huge fan of the Tomioka 55 F1.4 Sears/Sekor/Gaf/Vivitar etc..... Lenses. I think they're too big, and have sketchy bokeh when compared to a Super Tak.

So, back to my 55 1.8 Mamiya/Sekor... Had no hopes of it being even OK. However, I'm now, thrilled that it's "not worth anything" because most everything I acquire, I sell fast. Not this. It's better IMO than my SMC Pentax 50mm F 1.7 as the Pentax is kind of cold and the bokeh isn't great, imo.

So, my worthless Maiya/Sekor 55 F1.8....


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I'm actually having plenty of fun with this Takumar Bayonet 135 2.5: I kind of got it out of curiosity what the old-style coatings might do for me, ...actually getting the look in monochrome I was kind of wanting to play with, but that I like some of what I get out of the color is kind of a surprise. (teeny fastish tele I might actually have *with* me that's not a zoom is actually a nice way for me to do something outside my usual patterns, anyhow) I'm sort of taking my time getting to know this lens and any quirks, but there's some nice surprises in there.

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My little Chinon 50 F1.9 has definitely been my biggest surprise. I have a 16-45 and 55-300 and they are gathering dust in the last few months.

Lashings of to me anyway lovely brokeh and rich colours


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One of my first eBay purchases was a Sigma Super-Wide II 24mm f2.8, with no real idea what I was buying. It turned out to be a great lens. Mine is manual focus with an A position on the aperture ring. Most of my subsequent purchases were lenses that I heard were good and found at a good price, so I can't claim surprise.

Surprise in a bad way? An SMC Pentax 28mm f3.5 ("K"). Some people are really impressed with this lens. My copy was stomped in sharpness tests by the Pentax-M version and a lot of other 28mm lenses too. It never wowed me in any photos, and it was so much bigger than any other 28mm I had. I assume there was something wrong with that lens and the other users are right. Now I can identify with people who buy a highly-regarded lens and can't get it to work at all. A lot of people will assume you're incompetent or making trouble. Sometimes it really is the lens.
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My biggest surprise has been my DA*16-50. I guess its a little different than what everyone else has been posting, but it is constantly surprising me. At first I expected that I would get a bad copy, and I was surprised that I didn't. Since then I've just been surprised at its performance almost everytime I use it. The color rendering is the best of any of my lenses as far as I'm concerned, and it's pretty damn sharp edge-to-edge at 16mm(which is where I use it most often) when stoped down to 5.6 or so. It's only downfall is bad PF but it can generally be avoided. Otherwise it is an absolute winner. Worth every cent I paid for it and more.
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My biggest surprise has been my Tamron 80-210mm 103A! I bought this because it came with PK adapter. I didn't think the lens would be this sharp and great color. It only cost $25!!

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I'd like to say it's my SMC Pentax-A* 400mm F2.8 ED [IF], but I haven't acquired one yet, but I'm sure it will surprise both me and my wife (when she sees the credit card bill), when I do.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
I'd like to say it's my SMC Pentax-A* 400mm F2.8 ED [IF], but I haven't acquired one yet, but I'm sure it will surprise both me and my wife (when she sees the credit card bill), when I do.

Ha ha ha! That's a good one!
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After I picked up film camera a couple of months ago, I needed a wider angle FF-compatible ens to go with the FA43 and DFA100 I already had, I picked up a M28/3.5. Since I had done so much reading on the older 28mm lenses, both Pentax and otherwise, I knew that I was getting a good lens for the $53 (+ shipping) that I paid for it. After putting it on both my digital and film bodies, what blew me away was how sharp it was! You just about need to be wearing glasses or some other sort of eye protection--it's so sharp. At the time, I also had the DA21 for the digital bodies, but after using the M28/3.5, I decided that it just didn't make any sense to keep both it and the DA21, so I found the DA21 a new home.

Here's an example from the M28/3.5 to show you what I mean. This was taken with the film camera and scanned.

This lens is definitely a keeper--about the only lens worthy of replacing it would be the FA31 and since I'm not made of money, that won't be happening anytime soon.


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