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I snapped 1000+ digital photos and shot 6 rolls of film during our recent trip to Tokyo. There are a handful of photos that I really like, but this one is my absolute favorite. I took this photo on a warm September evening while waiting for my friend near the East Exit of Shinjuku station. There was a taxi stop right next to the exit, and the brightly lit store windows provided a perfect backdrop.
Nikon FE, Tamron 80-210mm f/3.8-4 Adaptall 2, Fujicolor Natura 1600
According to adaptall-2.org, this particular model was Tamron’s best selling lens throughout the early to mid 1980s due to its performance, price, and ergonomics. Because of its popularity, the lens is relatively cheap. I bought mine in mint condition (including the original box and a snazzy lens case) from a local auction website for a paltry sum of $35 as a replacement for my Tamron 70-150mm f/3.8 Adaptall lens.
There are two things I particularly like about this lens: the unique design and the lens’ distinct look. With its colorful markings, the lens completes my trusty Nikon F-501 from the same era. I had a chance to shoot a single film roll with the lens, and here are a couple of photos for your viewing pleasure. All the photos were taken with Nikon F-501 and Ilford XP2 Super 400.
This confused seagull chick climbed on top of the car and stood there, trying to figure out what to do next.
While the 103A model is technically not a macro lens, it’s capable of producing decent close-ups. This logo plate on a Triumph motorcycle was taken from approx. 1.5m distance at 210mm focal length.
One more example of the lens’ close-up capabilities. Lilium superbum from the Aarhus University botanical garden.
Our garden residents provide ample opportunities to make use of my Tamron SP 300mm f/5.6 Adaptall 2 lens mounted on a Canon EOS 1100D. Most of the time, I have to shoot through the thick double-layer glass of a terrace door, but I managed to capture this photo through an open window on the second floor of our apartment. This is, by the way, our blackbird named Haru. These days, he is busy feasting on apples we put for him and his lady (more about her in another post) and patrolling his territory, a.k.a. our garden.
Sunday wasn’t a very good day for him, though. After he took a bath in a plastic tray we put for that purpose, the poor bugger flew right into the glass terrace door. He hid then in a corner of the garden, and sat there for a while slightly confused. He is alright now, dashing around the garden and looking busy as usual.
Taken with Canon EOS 1100D and Tamron SP 300mm f/5.6 Adaptall 2. Processed in digiKam. Shutter speed: 1/250 sec. Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 400
It all started with a Tamron 70-150mm f/3.8 CZ-715 Adaptall lens I got thrown in as a freebie when I bought my Nikon F-301. Although I had a vague idea of the Adaptall technology, I knew nothing about this particular lens. While doing research on the lens, I discovered that Tamron had a strong product line of the SP series Adaptall 2 lenses targeted at serious amateurs and professional photographers. One lens, in particular, piqued my interest: Tamron SP 300mm f/5.6 Adaptall 2 54B. While this model is a bit slow, it has an impressive 300mm focal length and features 1:3.3 macro capabilities. More importantly, the lens is rather inexpensive, and I’ve managed to find a unit in excellent condition at a very reasonable price on a local online auction.
Tamron also produced a 2x converter for use with Adaptall 2 lenses, and I was lucky to find one on eBay. This converter doubles the focal length, but it does so at the expense of the aperture. So the converter transforms a Tamron SP 300mm f/5.6 into a 600mm lens with the maximum aperture of f/11. Tamron lenses with the Adaptall 2 adapter for Nikon F mount are compatible with Nikon’s analog and digital SLRs. When bolted onto a Nikon DSLR with a DX sensor, the lens’ focal length equals 450mm. Add the 2x tele converter, and you get an whopping 900mm focal length.
To test the lens, I went to our local botanical garden. I started with my Nikon F-501 film SLR loaded with Fujifilm Fujicolor C200.
I also tried the lens with my trusty Nikon D90 DSLR. Using Tamron Adaptall lenses on a modern DSLR is only possible in the Manual mode. The camera can’t read aperture values either, and you have to switch to manual focusing. In other words, shooting with the Tamron SP 300mm f/5.6 Adaptall 2 lens is a full-manual affair. On the positive side, focus confirmation seemed to work just fine.
So how did the lens perform? For its age, the lens did admirably well. Sharpness is good, and the lens produces pleasing and creamy bokeh. Overall, it’s not so shabby for a twenty-something-year old lens, especially considering the price.
By the way, if you are looking for information about Tamron’s Adaptall lenses, the Adaptall-2.org website got you covered.