Rare monster zoom for my 5N :D

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Rare monster zoom for my 5N :D
Mar 5, 2013

Just scored a used Tamron 28-105/2.8 constant aperture A-mount zoom for walkaround use with my Nex5N and LA-EA2.  It supplements/replaces my SAL1650 for low-light walks where more reach is needed.  I was actually saving up for a 70-200/2.8, but the range is more usable on a regular basis for me, and besides... I just couldn't let this curious beast escape from my collection.  Oh, what a beast it truly is...

Tamron 28-105/2.8 on 5N+LAEA2.  SAL1650 on left, SEL55210 and FDn 35-105/3.5 on right for comparison.

When fully retracted, it dwarfs the E-mount 55-210 zoom, and even manages to make the SAL1650 - a gorilla in its own right - feel a little anorexic.  Its length matches that of another large constant aperture zoom, the FDn 35-105/3.5.  Ah, but this blast from the past doesn't change length when extended.  Here is where the cartoon starts in earnest (lenses below, fully extended with hoods attached)...

SEL55210, SAL1650, Tamron 28-105/2.8.  Full zoom extension with hoods attached.

Still not as crazy as having a 1000mm ultra-telephoto attached, but some full-size DSLR owner consider the 82mm filter-size Tamron already ridiculously proportioned vis-a-vis their much larger cameras.  In case you're wondering, no - I didn't buy this lens for any "bigger-than-yours" contests or shock value.  28-105/2.8 is very nice for video, which I do a fair bit of, and where its a PITA to rebalance a stabilizer after every lens change.  For stills, my early tests suggest its not as bad as some make it out to be.  My SAL1650 clearly stomps all over this thing for IQ at any FL/aperture combo, but the Tamron takes very usable pics nonetheless, especially for typical digital consumption.

Yes, I can hear all the moans out there already...haha.  Anyone else out there got this combo?  Curious to hear your experiences

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