Santa Cruz Pier & Boardwalk with a 70-150mm MF zoom

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Hin Man, May 16, 2017.

  1. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 18, 2013
    I took these casual walk-around pictures in Santa Cruz Pier the day before Mother's Day. On Saturday, I did my first rehab hiking 2 months after ACL surgery in Henry Cowell State Park with flat trail and it was a great feeling. And at night we visited the Santa Cruz Pier where we could spot the Santa Cruz Boardwalk from the pier.

    In traveling light, I used my Sony mirror-less instead of Pentax. And I have used this lens on Pentax K-x, K20D and K-5 before. It is more well balanced on the Pentax. This zoom lens gets a good recommendation from Hin but I still missed my old faithful with cheaper and likely lesser known manual zoom lens with the Kiron 70-150mm f/3.8 with a 2x tc

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    Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bokeh

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    shot with a Sony E 35mm f/1.8 prime strolling to find potential dinner place for pre-mother's day celebration. We ended up going home for dinner instead. I made dinner with wife together -- a big mistake as I scrambled when hungry.


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    Father & Daughter Beach Walk

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    I woke up very happy on Monday still thinking how good my birthday was and how great we did on the Mother's Day 2017 with visit to a Guitar Center with drums, guitar, piano and others for fun play. I doubt if Monday was anything that could top my weekend experience. But this picture gives me hope as it is a double down kind of picture that relates one light after the other. I will name it 'double down'



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    Keeping Us Warm

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    Hope you like my walk-around pictures before Mother's Day 2017.

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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  2. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 18, 2013
    Likely all were shot in f/3.5 with the zoom lens. Most were shot in 150mm and I zoom in to frame in wider view in some of them. The lens is a one-touch zoom and the smooth focusing ring allows me to snap subject into focus. Focusing takes some guesswork as my eyes are plagued with aging decline.

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    Father & Daughter Beach Walk in B&W

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    Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bokeh

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    I forget the film simulation that used for the above picture, it is likely using Kodak Ektachrome or Kodachrome 64 professional

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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  3. Hin Man

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  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Nice series! #2 and #3 from the first set are my favorites ;)
     
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  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Charming images
     
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  6. christilou

    christilou TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Christina
    I like that last one best :)
     
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  7. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Nice outing Hin Man! Some very well composed and exposed images. I enjoyed my visit of the Santa Cruz pier, lotsa seals! :)
    And many interesting subjects to shoot along the beach and park. I like the blue hour setting.
    Your copy of the 20A looks very good. I had saw great pics and read positive things about this zoom and the bokeh is typical Tamron, pretty nice.
    I picked up a copy that appeared to be in quite good condition. But discovered it couldn't focus at 150mm near infinity. And it wasn't the adapter. I noted a bit of looseness internally with the one-touch zoom. This is the 3rd Tamron one-touch zoom I've come across with an internal focus issue. (others are 80-210mm, and 35-135mm)
    Sadly it was not to be...too bad as this zoom can yield excellent images as your photos prove. My old Vivitar 70-150 f/3.8 remains the top dog on the shelf. It is a tank of a lens, but really is an 'old faithful'. Remarkable sharpness and the 2x tc actually returns good resolution.
     
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  8. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Veteran

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    Wng, I regretted letting go of the vivitar 70-150mm f/3.8 in 1-touch and 2-touch zooms manufactured by Kiron. The Kiron is better in sharpness. The Tamron adaptall-2 is softer at wide open at 150mm side. And I also get soft pictures due to user errors. With my A6000 or A7, I can get shaky pictures at time. But overall, it is a nice zoom lens and quite small compared to a 70-210mm or 80-200mm zoom lens. In hindsight, I actually like the Kiron zoom a bit better but I try not to have duplicate zoom lens doing similar thing. For now, I am settled with the Tamron. I like the quickness on both zooms in street shooting where I can shoot in stealth mode not bothering people up close.

    I wish these few to be sharper at f/3.5. And it can be my own operator errors as well because I only use peeking without magnification for the casual shots.

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    I plan to re-purchase a copy of Tamron 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 and make it two pair MF zoom. I miss the adaptall-2 (02A) zoom which is excellent on close up.

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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  9. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave

    I need to use this lens more. First lens I bought back on my NEX-3
     
  10. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 18, 2013
    You are not alone. I have this sleeper for a long time, I was biasly thinking of the Vivitar/Kiron copy of 70-150mm f/3.8. I have been unfair to the Tamron Adaptall-2. I almost sell my copy for a meager $39.00. That didn't last when I went for a work out in Homedepot on easy flower pictures. The Tamron 20A bests the Kiron Vivitar in the close up shots and better bokeh. The Kiron is very cold in the tone while the Tamron is still cold but it works well in bokeh. Sharpness goes to the Kiron and no doubt about that especially wide open shots.

    The close up flower shots in my rare blog post in

    Hin's Photo Corner: Tamron adaptall-2 70-150mm f/3.5 (20A) Test Shots

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    For adapter on Sony E, I use a weird combination of adapters that is sturdy and and snap focus with no issues on infinity focus -- I need a simple product pictures to show the combination to you all later on. I use the original Tamron AF adapter for the minolta mount and then I use the Sony LA-EA 1 with baffle removed so that I can use in both E or FE cameras. It is VERY solid combination. Of course, there are many other ways to get to the same but I like the original Tamron AF adaptall-2 adapter which looks the thinnest and easiest to mount.

    Thanks,
    Hin
     
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