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paid $49.95 for some lenses was it worth it

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Simsy, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 23, 2012
    I dropped into the local photography shop to see about getting the clicker fixed on a 55mm prime I have and I ended up walking out with an old Minolta X-300 and 4 lenses and a tele-converter for $49.95, the question is was it worth it or did they just unload some old junk on me. The guy at first just showed me the camera with a MD 50mm f2 lens on it and said that it would be cheaper to buy that for the lens than try to repair the old one. But he then realized that there was a bag with the camera that had a 2x tele, Tamron 80-210 f3.8 macro, Sigma 35-70 f2.8 and a Makinon 28-80mm f3.5-f4.5 macro. He tried to look it all up to see if it was all supposed to be together but in the end he gave up and said I had a bargain 4 lenses for $49.95 or $12.48 each if you like. I am guessing that none of these lenses is anything to get excited about but for just under $12.50 a piece I thought why the hell not. Interestingly the Tamron has a m42 mount so I can give that a go once I clean it up the others however are all Nikon mount so I will need another adapter of course I can try them on my a77 as well b4 the adapter arrives.

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  2. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 23, 2012
    Here are 2 shots with the Tamron 80-210 shot wide open either end of the zoom range. No editing.

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  3. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

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    Not as sharp as my 200 tele but not to bad for the price.
     
  4. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Brian
    If both were shot with the Tamron wide open, I'd say it's pretty sharp.

    BTW, fake bird?
     
  5. xXx1

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  6. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Brian
    My guess the Tamron is the 03A, since it has the built-in hood.
     
  7. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Very film like. Not modern sharp but compelling. For the price, what's not to love ?
     
  8. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

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    Well yes the bird is fake it's sitting on that log in our cat enclosure that houses 2 Bengal cat's a real one wouldn't last very long but the cats would have a ball lol. Also checked out the Tamron and its the 03A model. Biggest problem I have now is that I need a adapter for the Minolta mount lenses and either a new M42 adapter or I modify the one I have as the Tamron docent have a auto/manual switch.
     
  9. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 23, 2012
    And there lies the attraction to legacy lenses I guess for the most part they are cheap they tend to produce different results to a modern equivalent lens and they are just plain fun to get cheap have a play and see what you can get out of them.

    Oh the wife isn't happy about them though in the space of a week I went from no legacy glass to 8 lenses of various sizes 2 teleconverters and a set of extension tubes so far total cost is $49.95 for this last lot and the first set was free + $16 for an adapter.
     
  10. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Buy her a gift coupon at the beautician, or a new purse (or anything she usually likes) that should smooth things out ;-)
     
  11. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

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    No I just reminded her that I am taking her to the USA this year Singapore next year and Europe the year after that if she isn't happy with that then nothing can make her happy.
     
  12. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Hahaha! My wife would turn handsprings if I ever spent less than $70 on one lens, let alone that bunch. ;)
     
  13. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 7, 2012
    My husband is happy. Each lens is £10 off eBay and each camera body £200. Amazing th bargains I find. He he :)
     
  14. madmaxmedia

    madmaxmedia TalkEmount Regular

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    Probably not a bad value, if the Tamron and/or Sigma are good performers. An 80-210mm f/3.8 macro sounds pretty nice if the glass is decent, a 35-70 constant aperture zoom sounds interesting too. The Makinon is probably only so-so, the Minolta 50mm f/2 is a good lens (though available for pretty cheap on EBay.)
     
  15. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 23, 2012
    I had to modify my adapter a little to work on the Tamron correctly but nothing 5 min's on the lathe couldn't fix. So now I have full aperture control so tomorrow I will take it out for some test shots. It will probably take a week or 2 to get the adapter for the other lenses as it needs to come from Hong Kong so I am defiantly going to get impatient and grumpy waiting for that to arrive. So the next question is where to from here I now have tele's 135,200 Zoom's 35-70, 28-80, 80-210 a couple 50mm prime's and some macro tubes. I guess the only thing left is some wide angle lenses unless anybody has any other suggestions. Oh I wouldn't mind a fast 80mm ish prime as well I guess if there is such an animal.
     
  16. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    There's a Minolta MD/MC Rokkor 85mm f/1.7 but its quite expensive (for me atleast :p)
    How about a 35mm lens also?
     
  17. zapatista

    zapatista TalkEmount Rookie

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    Mike
    The MD 50mm f2's are pretty cheap but very nice base prime lenses.
     
  18. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Brian
    The Tamron 80-210mm is actually pretty good. It can still be had for about $20 ~ $30, and adaptable on all DSLRs and mirror-less.

    Below are two pictures taken with the 103A on Nikon D200 (the 2nd one with Raynox DCR-150 add-on)

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    _DSC0065 by B Zhou, on Flickr