Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Pentax Lenses

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jun 30, 2007, 12:56 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
snostorm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Chicago Suburb, IL, USA
Posts: 2,770
Default

Hi All,

I've been watching ebay for a while, looking for just a couple of lenses while waiting for the DA* 50-135 to be released.

One of those that I've been looking at is the Tamron SP 180/2.5 LD IF. The Adaptall site quoted some as saying that the lens was "too sharp" (for portraits that is, one of its intended purposes for 35mm film). This intrigued me, so I bid on one that sounded a bit sad, scratched up body, dust inside the lens, sold "as is", no returns by either a dealer or a photographic power seller with a 99+ feedback score with tons of feedback comments about how fair the condition ratings were.

The last two E and E+ condition ones sold for @ $350, so I decided to top out my bid at @ 60% of that, and if I got it, cool, if not. . .
. . .I ended up winning the auction for under $200.

Got the lens today, in a very cool soft glove leather pouch. The lens has definitely been used, but the apparent scratches on the body were actually left over tape adhesive, and with that cleaned up, the lens looks used, but not terribly abused -- quite a few small chips in the paint, but that's about all. The "internal dust" turned out to be mostly external on the rear element (there was no rear cap), with only a few specks inside. There is, however a relatively small scratch on the front element, about a quarter of the way from the edge -- no biggy IMO. There's also a screw missing from the pivot for the adapter release -- shouldn't be hard or expensive to replace.

So how's it shoot? You decide. . . caught this rabbit just as I walked out the back door after cleaning the lens up. There were actually two of them and they always let me get pretty close.

On the K10 + the P F 1.7x AFA (306mm), ISO 400, f4.5 reported (f2.5 on the lens), 1/200, handheld.



Here's another at f6.3 reported, 1/200 handheld


Too sharp? . . . maybe an overstatement. . . but I'm liking this lens so far. I think that this is going to be a great zoo lens -- fast enough for inside work, and long enough for most of the outdoor stuff, and along with the SP80-200/2.8 AII, a great relatively low cost high quality alternative to stuff in the bag when I don't want to risk the A*200 or FA*300.

Scott

snostorm is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jun 30, 2007, 6:44 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
danielchtong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,888
Default

snostorm wrote:
Quote:
Too sharp? . . . maybe an overstatement. . . but I'm liking this lens so far. I think that this is going to be a great zoo lens -- fast enough for inside work, and long enough for most of the outdoor stuff, and along with the SP80-200/2.8 AII, a great relatively low cost high quality alternative to stuff in the bag when I don't want to risk the A*200 or FA*300.
Scott
Scott,

Wow you have got so many top rated lens? the adaptall lens have gone up in price. I was even trying to bid on a pk (not even pka) adapter and it was over $60. Nah, I did not pursue. You are right 180mm is very convenient and if needed can be boosted to 300mm. That is just the right for a lot of occasion. Both A* or FA* 200mm are rarely found at ebay at all

Daniel
danielchtong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 30, 2007, 2:39 PM   #3
TDN
Senior Member
 
TDN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,288
Default

Wow, looks liek you've got a keeper there! A lens that shows no flaws at alla nd that much sharpness with a teleconverter, must be excellent glass!

I would be very interested to see some wide open shots without the TC

Looks like a gem indeed!

Tom
TDN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 30, 2007, 6:01 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
snostorm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Chicago Suburb, IL, USA
Posts: 2,770
Default

danielchtong wrote:
Quote:
Scott,

Wow you have got so many top rated lens?


I've been fortunate. . . and persistent in my searches for these. I've also been lucky enough to not have paid the then current market price for any of them.

the adaptall lens have gone up in price. I was even trying to bid on a pk (not even pka) adapter and it was over $60. Nah, I did not pursue.

The PK adapters are still pretty common -- and the PK/As can still be found -- I got 4 of the PK/As from local dealers who had them in stock during the last year, while they've been going crazy on ebay -- the secret is to look for independent camera dealers that have been in business for long enough to have sold Adaptall lenses when they were popular (probably since the early or mid 90's). You might get a surprise. . .

If you still want a PK, I'm sure I can find one for @ $25 USD or less. PM me if you want me to look (might even be able to get a PK/A)-- I'd send it to you for what it costs me.

You are right 180mm is very convenient and if needed can be boosted to 300mm. That is just the right for a lot of occasion. Both A* or FA* 200mm are rarely found at ebay at all

I think that for the price I paid, the lens was well worth the risk I took on the condition. I usually assume that owners of premium lenses rarely really abuse them -- this will probably end up burning me sometime in the future, but it's served me so well so far, I'll still be ahead of the game.
Scott
snostorm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 1, 2007, 9:25 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
danielchtong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,888
Default

Quote:
snostorm wrote:

I think that for the price I paid, the lens was well worth the risk I took on the condition. I usually assume that owners of premium lenses rarely really abuse them -- this will probably end up burning me sometime in the future, but it's served me so well so far, I'll still be ahead of the game.
Scott
Scoot,

I had at one time got a sub standard 135mm2.5 non-smc version and luckily I got refund without hussle though. That was about it. Lately I have not been buying any lens at all as my prime lens line up is completed. Taking good pict is my problem now as I can't blame anything/anybody but myself.

Daniel
danielchtong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 1, 2007, 11:07 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
snostorm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Chicago Suburb, IL, USA
Posts: 2,770
Default

danielchtong wrote:
Quote:
Lately I have not been buying any lens at all as my prime lens line up is completed.
Hi Daniel,

You obviously have a lot more control than me. I thought last year that I was done, but the very short "short list" has again grown. . .:roll:

Scott

BTW, Tom -- I'm trying to get something together for wide open shots with the SP180, but have run into a confusing situation -- have some patience, I hope to figure it out soon. . .
snostorm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 2, 2007, 7:42 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
NonEntity1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Lake Placid Florida USA
Posts: 2,689
Default

Scott, that is one of my favorite lenses, it is the one I used for all of my racing pics at the 12 hours of Sebring. You will be very happy with it. I, unfortunately, am not so happy, I paid over $500 for my example.

Tim
NonEntity1 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 2:35 PM.