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REVIEW: Tamron Adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B)

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-03-14

Tamron Adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B)

Made between: 1979 to 1984

Specs:

Focal length:
135mm
Weight:
475g (with the PK mount)
Optical design:
4 elements in 4 groups
Mount:
Tamron Adaptall-2
Aperture:
f/2.5 to f/32
8 bladed aperure
Covers:
Standard 35mm film size
(24×36 mm negative)
Closest Focus:
1.2m (4ft)
Filter Size:
58mm

Built-in extendeable hood


Image quality


Analogue B&W film
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)


Bokeh
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2 135mm
                                                      f/2.5 (03B)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)



Digital
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)
Download full size image. Here
f/2.5 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22 - f/32


Bokeh
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)

Flare / Backlight
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)
Wide open         
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)
          Half a stop smaller
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)


Extra Sample
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          135mm f/2.5
                                                          (03B)



More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/tamron-adaptall-2-135mm-f2-5-03b/




Filming
Tamron Adaptall-2 135mm
                                            f/2.5 (03B)


Build quality

Very well made and are solid as a rock.
The feel is also very good but the built in lens hood is a bit loose and floppy.


Conclusion

Looks and feels great and image quality is good.
Focus goes a little closer than most which is always nice.
It is also a very short and fast focus ring and you go from infinity to 1.2m by turning less than 180°.
Which I usually find to be good and I do so in most cases here too.
But this do make it a little more tricky to fine focus but I can't say that it is a big problem.

Image quality is like I mentioned before nice.
Biggest thumbs up is its bokeh which looks really great.
Sharpness is also good and it renders well.
Wide open do as some colour fringing but not too bad.

Overall really great lens.


Thumbs up:
Image quality
Bokeh
8 bladed aperure
Build quality & feel
Closest Focus: 1.2m (4ft)


Thumbs down:
Lens hood is a bit loose and floppy.



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