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LENS PORN: Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)
Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)



Here's an affordable zoom lens with constant maximum aperture from Tamron. It ranges from a wide 35mm to a short telephoto 70mm, although this range may be more useful on full frame cameras and more limiting on APS-C, where I would prefer a 28mm on the wide end.

The build feels plasticky but still solid than some late 1980s budget lenses. Unlike many glossy and cheap looking plastic lenses, this lens still looks like a work of art.

At 35mm, the shortest focusing distance is 0.7 meters (I made an error in the video, it's not 0.9 meters), and goes down to 0.24m at 70mm. The macro does not require a special switch or ritual, just continuous focusing into the macro range.

The part that does not feel good is that when I set the lens to 35mm where its MFD is 0.7 meters and I forcibly turn the focus ring beyond that, it does move into the macro range but the zoom also moves toward 70mm. And I almost always accidentally do that.

In summary, the images are satisfying, nothing to complain about. It also provides a nice close focusing ability. The constant maximum aperture is another bonus to this budget lens. Even if the range is limited for APS-C, the macro focusing ability of this lens at 70mm allows for more flexiblility than other zooms during its day that have a MFD of 0.9 - 1.5 meters!



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SPECS

Tamron Adaptall 2
35-70mm f/3.5 Macro

Model#: 17A

Introduced:
1987

Minimum Focusing Distance:
0.7 meters (35mm)
0.24 meters (70mm, macro)

Filter Thread Size:
58mm

Aperture Run:
f/3.5 - f/32 (8 blades)

Made in Japan

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)
35mm, f/8

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (17A)
70mm, f/8

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Links

Tamron Adaptall 2 35-70/3.5 Macro (17A)
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2kKHLc

Video Demo
https://youtu.be/rwpc31iUESk

Database
www.adaptall-2.com/lenses/17A.html


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