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REVIEW: Tamron Adaptall-2 80-210mm f/3.8-4 (03A)

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-05-02

Tamron Adaptall-2 80-210mm f/3.8-4
                              (03A)

Made between: 1979 to 1982

Specs:

Focal length:
80-210mm
Weight:
690g (with the PK mount)
Optical design:
12 elements in 10 groups
Mount:
Tamron Adaptall-2
Aperture:
f/3.5~4.5 - 22, AE (32)
8 bladed aperure
Covers:
Standard 35mm film size
(24×36 mm negative)
Closest Focus:
0.9m (2.9ft)
Filter Size:
58mm

Built-in extendeable hood


Image quality


Analogue B&W film
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)

Bokeh
80mm              
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)
              210mm
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)



Digital
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)
Download full size image. Here
80mm

135mm

210mm
f/3.8 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22 - f/32 (AE)

f/3.8 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22 - f/32 (AE)

f/3.8 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22 - f/32 (AE)

Youtube clip showing test images above in 100% cropped in its original res at center and corner
Tamron Adaptall-2
                                              80-210mm f/3.8-4 (03A)



Bokeh
Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A) Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A) Tamron
                                                      Adaptall-2
                                                      80-210mm f/3.8-4
                                                      (03A)
70mm              
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)
              150mm
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)


Close Focus at 70mm and 210mm
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A) Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A) Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)
Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A) Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A) Tamron
                                                          Adaptall-2
                                                          80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)



More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/tamron-adaptall-2-80-210mm-f3-8-4-03a/



Flare / Backlight
Tamron Adaptall-2 80-210mm
                                                          f/3.8-4 (03A)


Filming
Tamron Adaptall-2
                                            80-210mm f/3.8-4 (03A)


Build quality

Very well made and are solid as a rock.
The feel is also very good.


Conclusion

Wide open has quite good center sharpness but some soft corners.
There are also some glow and color fringing but nothing too bad.
Stopped down and it's very nice and I also find it to render well with good bokeh etc.

Very good close focus is also a nice plus.
0.9m at 210mm is a reproduction ratio at 1:2.8 on a full frame.
If you use it with a 2x teleconverter you get a 1:1.4 ratio.

Overall a great zoom lens.


Thumbs up:
Image quality
Build quality & Feel
Bokeh
Closest Focus


Thumbs down:



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