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07-26-2009, 07:09 AM   #1
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Tamron 28-75 lens and Pentax ME

Does anybody know whether the Tamron AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di LD lens can be used on a Pentax ME? If this lens has an aperature ring, can you use it on a full frame SLR camera?

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yes it should work fine. post some samples if you use this combo!
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Yep -- works fine. I have mounted mine on my ME Super (the lens looks HUGE on that body) and my LX. My favorite modern lens on my older film k-mount cameras so far has been my Tamron SP AF Di 90mm/2.8 Macro.

ME Super 90mm Di on HP5 (400 ISO)


ME Super 90mm Di Fuji Superia (100iso?)


LX 90mm Di HP5 rated at 800iso

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QuoteOriginally posted by Earlybird Quote
Does anybody know whether the Tamron AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di LD lens can be used on a Pentax ME? If this lens has an aperature ring, can you use it on a full frame SLR camera?

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Thank you for bringing this up. I almost forgot that it has an aperture ring. I got to check my other lenses, too. This should be a lot of fun...

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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
yes it should work fine. post some samples if you use this combo!
It works well -- 28-75 is a nice focal length range for travel on film. However, the focus control requires a delicate touch (since the throw is so short).

Here's an image from the Tamron (previously posted to one of the ektar threads)
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Be careful that the lens does not end up eating the body!
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Good news for me: that's the zoom I want to get for my digital when I finally break down and do that. Always good to be able to switch between bodies.
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Good news for me: that's the zoom I want to get for my digital when I finally break down and do that. Always good to be able to switch between bodies.
It's a brilliant lens. Mine stays on my K10d 95% of the time.

The only downside I have found to using these Modern lenses is that the aperture ring isn't NEARLY as smooth as it is on older lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by geauxpez Quote
It's a brilliant lens. Mine stays on my K10d 95% of the time.

The only downside I have found to using these Modern lenses is that the aperture ring isn't NEARLY as smooth as it is on older lenses.
I personally find the 28-75 to be better than the FA 50 aperture ring wise, but that maybe just me

Of course neither of them matches the M and A series lenses in terms of aperture smoothness. Not to mention the takumars
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
I personally find the 28-75 to be better than the FA 50 aperture ring wise, but that maybe just me

Of course neither of them matches the M and A series lenses in terms of aperture smoothness. Not to mention the takumars
My point exactly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by geauxpez Quote
It's a brilliant lens. Mine stays on my K10d 95% of the time.

The only downside I have found to using these Modern lenses is that the aperture ring isn't NEARLY as smooth as it is on older lenses.
No doubt, though the film-body use is pretty secondary to me, anyway. The only zoom I use much on my Canons is my old 35-105 3.5 (Very much like Pentax's A lens of the same specs) and there, I usually stay off the wide stop. This lens could do the same job on digital, and be in a shootable state if I swap it with a prime between the K20D and the Super A, even if the focusing and aperture control aren't as elegant. Thus far, the short throws on AF lenses are only an occasional bother to me. (My fingers seem OK with it, my eyes sometimes have other ideas. Eventually I'll be getting maybe a Z-1p for times like that, anyway, if there's a lot of those times. )
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QuoteOriginally posted by geauxpez Quote
Yep -- works fine. I have mounted mine on my ME Super (the lens looks HUGE on that body) and my LX. My favorite modern lens on my older film k-mount cameras so far has been my Tamron SP AF Di 90mm/2.8 Macro.


ME Super 90mm Di Fuji Superia (100iso?)
Just wanted to comment on this image...Great photograph, love the color...Shame about the stripe on the right, but the image is great..
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ratmagiclady Quote
No doubt, though the film-body use is pretty secondary to me, anyway. The only zoom I use much on my Canons is my old 35-105 3.5 (Very much like Pentax's A lens of the same specs) and there, I usually stay off the wide stop. This lens could do the same job on digital, and be in a shootable state if I swap it with a prime between the K20D and the Super A, even if the focusing and aperture control aren't as elegant. Thus far, the short throws on AF lenses are only an occasional bother to me. (My fingers seem OK with it, my eyes sometimes have other ideas. Eventually I'll be getting maybe a Z-1p for times like that, anyway, if there's a lot of those times. )
And once you get a PZ1P, you'll find a lot of opportunities to use your 28-75...or your FA50....or your 70-300....or....

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QuoteOriginally posted by CGJung Quote
Thank you for bringing this up. I almost forgot that it has an aperture ring. I got to check my other lenses, too. This should be a lot of fun...
When I got ready to bid on a used 28-75 the first thing I did was to verify that it had an aperture ring. I have no desire to purchase a lens without one.
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Just wanted to comment on this image...Great photograph, love the color...Shame about the stripe on the right, but the image is great..
Thanks Javier -- I was actually shooting through a toy -- that stripe is an orange wire.
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