Monster lens Tamron 200-500mm

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Kp0c Regular Member • Posts: 353
Monster lens Tamron 200-500mm

I don't know if it could interest anyone out there, but there is an unusual lens (for me at least) on sale in the Montreal area. Tamron 200-500mm 1:6.9.

I though some of the long lens shooter out there could be interested! http://montreal.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-cameras-camcorders-objectifs-lentilles-W0QQAdIdZ270424877

I'm obviously in no way affiliated with the seller and have no interest at all in seeing the lens sale.

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Re: Monster lens Tamron 200-500mm

With the Tamron 400/4 and 300/2.8 i don't think i need such a lens, its rather slow too
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Re: Monster lens Tamron 200-500mm

It is definitely interesting.

If memory serves me right, Tamron made several 200-500 lenses(often dubbed nature lenses). I think they extended the f/6.9-32 line all the way to LD and SP models. This would likely be the first of these with an original adaptall mount.

Would be interesting to see how this measures against the reknown Tamron mirror lenses.

Jim King
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Re: Monster lens Tamron 200-500mm

John, I have a copy of this lens. Yes, it's slow, but it's a pretty good lens although perhaps not up to a good prime. It is a biggie though, and you need a very sturdy tripod to use it effectively.
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brandrx Forum Pro • Posts: 28,337
The different models...

johnbee wrote:

It is definitely interesting.

If memory serves me right, Tamron made several 200-500 lenses(often dubbed nature lenses). I think they extended the f/6.9-32 line all the way to LD and SP models. This would likely be the first of these with an original adaptall mount.

Tamron 200-500mm f6.9 Adaptall (Model Z-500) - 1973-1976

Tamron 200-500mm f6.9 Adaptall (Model CZ-500) - 1977-1979

Tamron 200-500mm f6.9 Adaptall 2 (Model 06A) - 1979-1984

Tamron 200-500mm f5.6 SP Adaptall 2 (Model 31A) - 1984-1992 ( I have this one)

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Ian Stuart Forsyth Veteran Member • Posts: 3,602
Re: Monster lens Tamron 200-500mm

I had the sp adapt all 200-500 and it was a love hate relationship. If I remember correctly it was a front focus which made it a nightmare to balance on a tripod. It was really only good for 2 things a boat anchor and a club for bear attacks.
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brandrx Forum Pro • Posts: 28,337
In my opinion....

In my opinion the price they are asking for that lens is $300 too high. You can usually find the much, much better Tamron SP 200-500mm f5.6 Adaptall 2 in Excellent Plus condition for that price. I paid about $285 for the f5.6 version that was in Excellent Minus condition from KEH a couple of years ago.

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Richard DK Senior Member • Posts: 1,102
Re: In my opinion....

Ah yes! I bought a Tamron 80-250 f3.8 for under $100 USD in Japan in the 1980's. With a 2x tc it would have matched this lens I suppose. But the aperture blades are stuck at 5.6 so it now makes a rather heavy paperweight.
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