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Tamron Adaptall 2x teleconverter 01F

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Tamron Adaptall 2x teleconverter 01F
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Description:
This 2x TC only fits adaptall lenses. Unlike the 200F and the 014F it will fit lenses like the common 80-210mm zooms in spite of their protruding rear groups.
"This 2X converter, compatible with most Adaptall-2 mount lenses, provides very good optical performance. The 6 element, 5 group optical design is housed in a moderately long barrel which is about twice the length of conventional 4 element 2X converters. The flat field optical design minimizes off-axis aberrations; spherical and chromatic aberrations are also extraordinarily well controlled. - Adaptall-2.org

Lens Model 01F
Focal Length 2X the focal length of original lens
Aperture Range f/5 64, AE
(Original lens F number x 2)
Angle of View
Optical Construction(Groups / Elements)- 5 / 6
Min. Focus from Film Plane Retains the min. focus of original lens.
Macro Mag. Ratio 2X the mag. ratio of original lens.
Filter Size N/A
Diameter 2.5" (64.5mm)
Length at Infinity in. (mm) 1.7" (42.5mm)
[1.9" (47mm)]
Weight 8.8 oz. (250g

Scan of original user manual here.

Caps: AFAIK only the proprietry tamron lens cap will fit the TC on the lens side. But canon eos/EF body caps work great on the mount side see here.

Diligent comparison (and discussion) thread of 01F and 2x macro TC here.
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Registered: November, 2012
Location: North Wales
Posts: 1,976

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Lens Review Date: February 6, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: very good iq, excellent build quality, value
Cons: restricted to adaptall use, bit of a faff

My impressions of the 01F are similar to the other reviewers, its a good TC, subject to the usual tc limitations. Results from using with several lenses (54B, 104A, 04B...) generally indicate an equal or better resolution of the subject than cropping and enlarging. However as others have remarked it is a bit of a faff swapping around both mounts and TC and in practice I use my "MC7" type macro TC (PKA) more.

I have an impression that its results when used for macro eg with the 35-80mm 01A are particularly good, example here.

One thing I have encountered with a couple of examples of these is a haze/deterioration on the surface of the element comprising the second group from the back end. This has proved difficult to remove/clean - in fact on one I tried to clean the glass scratched up, must be very soft. It has the appearance of a haze on the surface of the element. This post on mflenses describes the problem with pics. It is something to be aware of if you are shopping for an 01F.

Prompted by this, one possibility I have been exploring is using the afflicted 01F as an 18F (1:1 macro extension tube for 90mm 52B/52BB) substitute by removing the optical assembly. The 18F is 45mm extension as opposed to the approx 41mm body of the 01F - almost the same. The assembly can be unscrewed with varying degrees of difficulty depending on how tight the locking sleeve at the lens end has been stuck with thread locker. This seems very feasible, no vignetting, however initial results have suffered from internal reflections/flare. Looking to acquire some flat black paint, will keep you posted...



These are common, price indicated is approx typical evilbay (UK) price for a good example, no need to pay more.
   
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Registered: February, 2012
Posts: 15
Lens Review Date: November 18, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $90.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Not much loss of IQ
Cons: Mounting/unmounting is a faff

I bought one of these new, which I used with a 46A, and bought another more recently that lives on my 52A. The price is the average of the two.

The 01F fits on all of the Adaptall lenses I have tried it on. With one exception, my experience is that the less Purple Fringing the base lens exhibits, the better the results with 01F. I have tried the 03A, the 103A, the 104A, the 46A and the 52A. The 46A exhibits the least purple fringing, and this is the one the 01F works best with. There seems to be no loss of sharpness; just a drop in contrast.

The exception is the 52A in macro mode. 1:1 macro without having to poke the target with the lens. At distances of several metres and more, my 52A exhibits more purple fringing than any of the other lens listed, but in macro mode the fringing isn't apparent at all.

I find mounting and unmounting this thing tricky. The 01F goes on the lens, and the Adaptall mount goes on the 01F. So I leave one on the 52A all the time, since I don't use the 52A for anything else.
   
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Registered: April, 2011
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Posts: 17,483
Lens Review Date: March 11, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Build, multiple AD2 & AD2 SP applications
Cons: Cannot be used on all AD2 lenses. The 200F is the one for the big fast primes ...

Bonjour,

This is a worthwhile 2x TC if you have "AD2's" and their "SP" kin, but it will not fit all of the aforementioned - see previous reviews plus the "adaptall-2.org" site.

http://www.adaptall-2.org/lenses/01F.html

Can be used with PK/A and PK/M mounts.

I use my copy mostly with a 23A (SP) and a 103A as well. Works not quite as well with my 22A.

Salut, J Frog
   
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Registered: July, 2010
Location: Sydney
Posts: 77
Lens Review Date: August 7, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build Quality
Cons:

Great build quality, and produces very sharp results with my 90mm 2.8 (later) macro adaptall to produce a handy 2:1 combination!

I had less success with the 70-210mm 3.5-4 (52A) although my 19AH performed pretty well. Although these are older zooms, so you can't expect too much!

All in all a very good teleconverter for the adaptall series!
   
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Registered: July, 2007
Location: North West UK
Posts: 382

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 3, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, built like a tank!
Cons: Dedicated for Tamron. can't buy new

Dedicated 2x converter for the 90mm SP macro F2.5, making the lens a 180mm F5 but with 1:1 abilities.

With the 90mm it is Sharp! and I mean sharp.

Just make sure that the converter is fully seated on the lens, otherwise you cannot control the aperture. (a mistake I have done)

Downsides, it is NOT a K mount 2x convertor. It is a converter for Tamron lenses and you add the mount adapter on to it.

On the whole. the perfect 2x for the Tamron macro.
   
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Registered: June, 2008
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Posts: 17,275

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 1, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: flatfield, can be used on multiple platforms
Cons: can only be used with Adaptall lenses

The primary use I have for this is with the Tamron 52B 90mm macro to reach 1:1. It is very well built and it is hard to find a better built TC. I'll reiterate what Peter Zack said in his review regarding the f-stop guide. Note that the price is used and was LN- from a reputable used dealer.
   
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Registered: September, 2006
Location: D/FW area, Tx.
Posts: 1,712
Lens Review Date: April 2, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $90.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: very well built
Cons: can't be used except on adaptall lenses

this is a very good TC but for IQ from center to edge/corner it doesn't do near as well as the 200f. problem is you can't find a 200f and if you do there's about 4x difference in price.. it's still an excellent piece of glass.
   
Lens Review Date: April 2, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros:
Cons: can't be used except on adaptall lenses

this is a very good TC but for IQ from center to edge/corner it doesn't do near as well as the 200f. problem is you can't find a 200f and if you do there's about 4x difference in price.. it's still an excellent piece of glass.
   
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Registered: May, 2007
Location: Edmonton Alberta, Canada
Posts: 10,644

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Lens Review Date: March 16, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros:
Cons:

As TC's go this is a very good unit. It's partial use was for the 90mm f2.5 macro to give 1:1 macros. It has a feature I really like. The f stop guide (seen in the picture) adjusts as you step the lens down. Now this isn't complicated math but at a glance you can see what correct f stop you are at.

Image quality is very good and one of the best TC's I've used. In combination with the 90mm f2.5 macro, the images are sharp and great IQ in both macro mode and telephoto mode.

Solid build and it's an Adaptall TC so it will mate to any Adaptall lens and then you add the camera mount you need. So it can be used across camera brands.

Some indepth specs can be found here.

http://www.adaptall-2.com/lenses/01F.html
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