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LENS PORN: Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens



The Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B) is a second generation Adaptall interchangeable lens system with wide angle (for full frame) and standard view (on APS-C). The mount of this lens can be replaced with another Adaptall adapter that can fit to your camera's mount such as Canon FD, Nikon F, Pentax K, M42, Olympus OM, Minolta A, Minolta MD, and Konica AR.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Lens without Adaptall adapter

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Adapters from left to right:
Minolta/Sony A, Nikon F, Canon FD



The seller who sold me this lens in October 2016 was from the UK. He had no interest in this lens, which was from the collection of his deceased dad, so he sold it to me. This lens history may be trivial for you, but I feel the emotional attachment passed on by this lens, as if it was passed on by my father to me. As can be seen, it came in mint condition, with the original Tamron case, and an Adaptall adapter in Canon FD mount.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Item was picked from the Post Office on November 2016



This wide angle lens was made around the late 1970s and is a fully manual lens (no electronics or AF!). As one can expect from lenses made in this era, most of it is made of metal. The only plastic part is the aperture ring. The aperture ring and focus ring go the opposite directions.




My only complaint is that the aperture ring should have full-stop clicks, not in between (eg. it should click from f/2.5 to f/4, f/4 to f/5.6, f/5.6 to f/8, no clicks in between). I use Manual Exposure, and it's easier to calculate using full stops, and also easier to turn the aperture ring without looking at it. A little hack I made was to add epoxy cement between the gaps under the aperture ring so that it would click that way.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
A peek inside the exposed lens.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens




This is the best 28mm I've tried so far. It's comparable to the Nikkor 28/2.8 AIs, but this Tamron looks a bit cooler. Good sharpness and contrast at f/2.5. I don't see color fringing in high contrast scenes (or maybe because I don't pixel-peep). This lens has better flare control than other lenses that it only flares in extreme conditions such as when pointed toward the sun. A very small front element means that the lens is less prone to internal reflections and flare. Because of this, you'll be happy to travel this lens without a hood.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens



Bokeh at f/2.5 is nice. It is a bonus/luxury feature for me because I don't always prefer to shoot an f/2 or f/1.4. But oh... 5 aperture blades? ***Laughs***

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
At f/2.5



28mm is wide angle when used on full frame cameras. I still find this 28mm very versatile on my Nikon D5200, which turns into 43mm with the 1.5x crop factor. It's still wide enough to shoot landscape, buildings, street scenes, and group shots compared to 35mm's, but also flexible enough to take closeup shots for portraiture and small objects.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
28mm on DX means you can still get a cinematic feel of the environment.
(Compared to 35mm's)



Conclusion: You need a 28mm prime lens whether for FX or DX, nothing else (maybe your feet and your mind!) Using a prime lens has its advantage in terms of image quality and composition. It's just a tool after all, that does what your mind wants. This 28mm has been a very reliable lens on my DX camera and I've taken it with so many occasions especially when I want to go light and use only one lens. If I should bring another lens to compliment it, then it's the Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 90mm f/2.5 Mcro (52B)... another Tamron, ha! It sells much cheaper than the Nikkor 28/2.8 AIs, which I've compared it to, so this should give you the best value for your money.







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SPECS

Tamron Adaptall 2
28mm f/2.5

Model Number
02B

Years in Production
1979 - 1992

Focal Length
Used on FX = 28mm (wide)
Used on DX = 43mm (standard)

Minimum Focusing Distance
0.25 meters / 10 feet

Focus Throw
120 degrees

Filter Thread Diameter
49mm

Aperture Run
f/2.5 - f/32 (5 blades)
in half stop clicks

Made in Japan

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
The lens without an Adaptall adapter

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
The lens with an Adaptall adapter in Nikon F mount.
(This is a genuine Adaptall adapter so it supports Auto Diaphragm.)

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
It takes in 49mm filters.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Model 02B, beside the serial number.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens

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Samples



Landscapes / Buildings

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Significance... the first ever shot I took with this lens! =)

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Going to SM Marikina

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Railway tracks along PNR - Blumentritt station.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
PNR Blumentritt station.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Isetann Recto

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Abandoned playground near our home.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Welcome Rotonda in Quezon Avenue/Espana

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Footbridge in Welcome Rotonda

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Recto corner Rizal Avenue

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
A beautiful church near our home.

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Plaza Sta. Cruz

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Plaza Carriedo

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Manila Bay






  
Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Marikina





Interior

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Inside the LRT 3

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Inside the PNR

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
PNR stations



Flowers and Plants

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens










Products / Things

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens









Portraiture / Animals

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Sunny afternoon in Manila Bay


Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Baby cats in MRT Ayala

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Baby cats in MRT Ayala

Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens
Baby cats an mother in MRT Ayala






Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), Wide Angle Lens

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