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LENS PORN: Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

When I first saw this lens in a shop, I thought that it didn't look like any other vintage Tamron lenses I've ever seen. Turns out to be an ancient Tamron Adatp-A-Matic. 

The Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 -- Build quality is stylish, superb and feels well built. Users will love this fixed aperture lens and its bright maximum aperture of f/4 for daily use. It comes with a tripod collar.

Tamron's Adapt-A-Matic series had a very short lifespan that was only in production from 1969 until 1973. This was probably because Tamron's engineers realized the limitations of their current line and the emerging sophistication and complications in the mechanical designs of lenses in the 1970s. The result was Tamron's Adaptall system, which is basically an 'upgrade' of the now defunct Adapt-A-Matic.

For those who don't know, the Adapt-A-Matic and Adaptall operates on the concept of making lenses with interchangeable mount. You simply buy one lens, then change the adapter as you use the lens for different cameras (eg. Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Sony/Minolta, etc.) This concept was also desirable for users because changing adapters is much cheaper than buying the same lens with a different mount.

Those who are accustomed to seeing lenses from the 1980s to modern day will be surprised at the sturdy build and size of the lens given it has a focal length of 70-220mm. Also, most of us are used to seeing variable aperture lenses. Fixed aperture lenses will usually set us back at least 20k Philippine Pesos!


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Specs


Model: PZ-30Au

Focal Range: 70-220mm

Mount - Nikon

Minimum focusing distance: 7 feet / 2 meters

Macro Mode: n/a

Filter Thread Size: 67mm

Aperture Run: f/4 - f/22

Built in tripod collar.

Design is two separate rings for focus and zoom.

With Manual/Auto switch

Made in Japan

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
The adapter detahced.

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
Left: Tamron Adap-A-Matic (screw type adapter)
Right: Tamron Adaptall (bayonet type adapter)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
Fungus

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Summary


Pros

Built like a tank to last forever

Nice image quality

When you handle this lens, nothing about it says 'cheap'

Very smooth focus and zoom ring

Front element does not rotate when focusing

You can easily get this cheap nowadays

Handles flare and backlight very well



Neutral

It does not have Vibration Reduction, but the weight of the lens acts as a stabilizer itself. I found that shooting video with this lens has less 'shaking' than any other vintage telephoto zoom lens I've used.



Cons

Size and weight -- not for handheld shooting

Adapters are very rare and hard to find. But with a little creativity and resourcefulness, you should be able to make your own out of a reverse ring.


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Conclusion


To give you a background of my lens, it had fungus covering the glass near the aperture blades. The result was reduced contrast, but you can see that the sharpness in this lens still shines through. This lens really has a nice image quality considering its condition AND the era which it was made (circa 1969).

Do you know what I think is amazing about this lens? It was made from 1969-1973, and given the context that lenses in that era still had primitive glass coating and design -- this lens performs well today in comparison to those cheap 55-200s or 70-300s!


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Further Reading




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Samples


Technical Note: Please don't forget, my copy has fungus covering the glass. The effect is loss of contrast at f/4, but image quality improves by f/5.6 down to f/22.

Used with a Nikon D5200 with JPEG settings at Basic/Small, Picture Control of SD, Custom White Balance, no filter, no edit, no crop.

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
At f/22.

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
Used with a Kenko 2x Teleconverter, at 220mm it's now equivalent to 440mm.
Since my D5200 has a crop factor or 1.5x, the effective focal now is 550mm.

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
Low light at f/4

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
Another low light at f/4, light coming from outside the room.

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
Yet another low light.

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
70 mm

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
220 mm

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)
70 mm

Tamron Adapt-A-Matic 70-220mm f/4 (1969)



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