Tamron SP 52b Adaptall-2 Macro 90mm F2.5-32 Lens Review on A7ii

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I do a full review of vintage film era Tamron SP 52b Adaptall-2 90mm F2.5-f32 Macro Lens with samples of both video and images taken with my Sony A7II full frame camera
 

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Nice job.

This was my first macro lens, and I still have my copy. As you showed in your pics, it can really do an excellent job.
 

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I never used this macro lens for macros... But I bought it used and for my a6000 and took some nice concert portrait pictures with it.

Updating to the a6500 with IBIS made the lens a lot easier to use. Even focus magnify became easy. It is, otherwise, quite difficult to focus for my purpose (subject around 15 feet away) with very small focus-ring movements making all the difference.

Eventually, I succumbed to the temptation of autofocus and the lighter-weight FE85/1.8. I get a lot more successes --- but there was nothing at all wrong with those from the Tamron: it took lovely photos. And, of course, at low cost, it took photos that I could not have got at all, for the couple of years until I could afford the Sony lens.

As a recent returnee to "real-camera" photography, it was also good discipline for me to handle the manual lens. I'd now like to get the 2* teleconverter for it, and embark on another level of hand-held-manual-lens difficulty. It is not expensive, but not so easy to find in my country
 

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Something else you could look into that might not be as difficult to find is a "close-up filter". They are basically a diopter, and will magnify the image. How much depends on the one you buy.

If you go this route, do buy a good quality one. The cheap ones will severely degrade image quality.
 

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I never used this macro lens for macros... But I bought it used and for my a6000 and took some nice concert portrait pictures with it.

Updating to the a6500 with IBIS made the lens a lot easier to use. Even focus magnify became easy. It is, otherwise, quite difficult to focus for my purpose (subject around 15 feet away) with very small focus-ring movements making all the difference.

Eventually, I succumbed to the temptation of autofocus and the lighter-weight FE85/1.8. I get a lot more successes --- but there was nothing at all wrong with those from the Tamron: it took lovely photos. And, of course, at low cost, it took photos that I could not have got at all, for the couple of years until I could afford the Sony lens.

As a recent returnee to "real-camera" photography, it was also good discipline for me to handle the manual lens. I'd now like to get the 2* teleconverter for it, and embark on another level of hand-held-manual-lens difficulty. It is not expensive, but not so easy to find in my country
I have the later version, the 52BB, it's one of the sharpest manual primes I own. A keeper. I also use it for normal shooting besides macros.
The Tamron SP 01F 2x teleconverter that matches it, is still readily available in the USA via ebay. I picked up a couple for under $20. (one for the 90mm f/2.5 and 70-200mm f/4, to attain 1:1, and for my 55BB 500mm f/8 reflex, which turned out to be the incorrect 2x teleconverter.)
You should try to search listings in the USA.
 

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... You should try to search listings in the USA.
I live in India. Another company bought up ebay's Indian territory, and ditched it, so I cannot buy from ebay.com for delivery here. I've seen them on ebay's UK site too: unfortunately, I forgot about this on a recent quick visit.

Here's an example of one of my classical-music pics taken with the lens (90mm 52B)
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I kinda pooched this one a little..It was taken years ago on a Pentax K5 with 52B before I could replace and adjust the focus screen. You can see his nose tip is the focal point when i was focusing on his eyes. He asked me for some money and I told him he would make a great portrait and I would pay him if he would let me take a picture of him.
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