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07-14-2009, 10:10 AM   #1
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Tamron Adaptall 80-200mm F2.8 vs Adaptall 70-210mm F3.5 vs Vivitar 70-210mm S1?

Does anyone have any thoughts/opinions on how these lenses compare if you are trying to balance cost, quality and speed (ok, probably not really possible to get all three)? I know this is pretty subjective and relative to what you shoot, but I'd like to hear some of your opinions and experiences.

Is the extra cost of the 80-200mm worth it for the faster lens? Even if you lose 10mm on each end?

Is 2.8 vs 3.5 (4.0 for Viv S1 v3) noticeable in real life scenario?

The two 70-210mm's are probably similar in image quality, but how do they compare to the 80-200mm?

80-200mm is even heavier than the Viv S1 at ~1200g vs ~850g (for the v1 that I have). If you have/had both, how would you compare the handling?

How about Adaptall 70-210mm vs. Vivitar S1 70-210mm v3 with auto aperture? The v3 with "A" is pretty expensive (~$150) while the Tamron is only about 1/2 price (provided you already have the p/ka adapter).

I've been using a Viv S1 v1 for a while, and most of the time not having "A" is not a big deal. Sometimes I've missed a shot because light changed too fast for me to change aperture and still get the shot, but it seems the most annoying thing about not having "A" is the missing EXIF info. Often I want to know what aperture I took a shot at only to stare at the "--".

I'm really asking because I just bought an 80-200mm, and while I am waiting for it to arrive I am getting a little LBA remorse, wondering if I should really have spent the money I don't really have

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hi.. this post might help regarding the adaptall series..
Adaptall-2.com
also.. PentaxForums.com Third-Party Pentax Lens Review Database - 70-210mm F2.8-4, version 3
i have a series 3 viv 70-210mm f2.8-4... hardly ever use it..... some of the shots taken have been nice.... heavy bugger though... builds up those forearms......
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If you can get the adaptall 70-210 f/3.5 for quite a lot cheaper, then I'd say get it. F/2.8 and F/3.5 is only half a stop of difference, just like f/1.2+f/1.4, although a full stop (f/2.8+f/4) is pretty big.
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QuoteOriginally posted by emilf Quote
Does anyone have any thoughts/opinions on how these lenses compare if you are trying to balance cost, quality and speed (ok, probably not really possible to get all three)? I know this is pretty subjective and relative to what you shoot, but I'd like to hear some of your opinions and experiences.

Is the extra cost of the 80-200mm worth it for the faster lens? Even if you lose 10mm on each end?

Is 2.8 vs 3.5 (4.0 for Viv S1 v3) noticeable in real life scenario?

The two 70-210mm's are probably similar in image quality, but how do they compare to the 80-200mm?

80-200mm is even heavier than the Viv S1 at ~1200g vs ~850g (for the v1 that I have). If you have/had both, how would you compare the handling?

How about Adaptall 70-210mm vs. Vivitar S1 70-210mm v3 with auto aperture? The v3 with "A" is pretty expensive (~$150) while the Tamron is only about 1/2 price (provided you already have the p/ka adapter).

I've been using a Viv S1 v1 for a while, and most of the time not having "A" is not a big deal. Sometimes I've missed a shot because light changed too fast for me to change aperture and still get the shot, but it seems the most annoying thing about not having "A" is the missing EXIF info. Often I want to know what aperture I took a shot at only to stare at the "--".

I'm really asking because I just bought an 80-200mm, and while I am waiting for it to arrive I am getting a little LBA remorse, wondering if I should really have spent the money I don't really have
I have used Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm with v1, v2 and v3. And I had replaced them with Tamron SP 70-210mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 19AH. They all have different strengths and good in certain area, but overall, I like the Tamron SP 70-2100mm f/3.5 in IQ and sharpness over the Vivitar Series 1 zoom. The Vivitar series 1, especially the v1 from Kiron would do better in close up. And the vivitar v2 and v3 are lighter and easier to handle. Among the first three versions, I personally like v2 for smaller size and I give best overall to v3. The best in zooming and focusing ring goes to the Tamron. The cheapest and best bang for the buck is the Vivitar S1 v1 from Kiron. As for the Tamron adaptall-2, I do whine about some versions of Tamron adaptall-2 pk-a adapter not able to use auto-aperture in f/3.5 and bigger.

And I missed my wonderful chance to get a good copy of Tamron SP 80-200mm f/2.8 for about $175.00. It was buy-it-now and when I hesitated, it was gone in a few hours. That lens normally goes about $250 or higher, I would imagine and it is perhaps the heaviest among all that mentioned but I would guess it is the best in constant speed and worth considering if fast speed is your need and you don't mind to use it with tripod.

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