Tamron Adaptall 70-150mm f/3.5 (QZ-150M)

Tamron Adaptall 70-150mm f/3.5 (QZ-150M)

Got this gem on eBay for $15 + shipping. Arrived in perfect working condition. Crystal clear glass. No haze, separation, scratches etc. Mechanical movements are still silky smooth. They just don’t make lenses like this anymore.

Vintage Tamron

This Tamron is close to forty years old. It was released in 1978 and production ended in 1980. The one I have is the second version where a macro mode was added.

How well does a forty  year old lens perform in the digital age? Judge for yourself.

The images below were shot with my Sony Nex-3N at f/11, 1/320 sec at ISO 200. Frankly, I can’t tell whether it’s from my Canon FD 100mm Macro lens or this vintage Tamron. Which goes to show, you don’t have to spend big bucks to take good pictures.

Are there any weaknesses? Yes, of course.

Chromatic aberration is visible when the aperture is fully opened. This is one of the reasons why images have that “softness”. If you desire sharpness, stop the lens down to f/8 ~ f/11. Your images will be as sharp as professional lenses.

Asiatic Lily by Michael Chua. Actual image at 40% crop. Tamron adaptall 70-150mm f/3.5

July 5, 2017 – Asiatic Lily
Actual image at 40% crop  |  no post processing

Asiatic Lily by Michael Chua. Actual image at 100% crop. Tamron adaptall 70-150mm f/3.5

at 100% crop  |  no post processing