Tamron SP 28-80mm f/3.5~4.2 (27A)

Tamron SP 28-80mm f/3.5-4.2 (27A) Adaptall 2 zoom

I had high hopes with this Tamron.  Being an SP version, I was expecting spectacular images. Thinking that f/8 would show what a SP lens is all about, I proceeded to shoot some flowers but they ended up looking pretty ordinary. They won’t any better than my other non-SP lenses. I was quite puzzled by this. Is it just marketing hype? 

Best at f/11

A couple of days later, I decided to do another shoot, but this time at f/11. When I reviewed the images, I was dumbfounded. The details are astonishing. The last image is a 100% crop of my Snapdragon. No sharpness applied. No retouching. Quite amazing for a 30 year old lens.

Believe it or not, I bought this lens for $25 + Free Shipping on eBay. It even came with an Adaptall-2 mount. All in pristine condition.

The images below were shot with my Sony Nex-3N at f/11, 1/250 sec at ISO 400.

Snapdragon by Michael Chua. Actual image at 40% crop. Tamron SP 28-80mm f/3.5-4.2 (27A) zoom

July 12, 2017 – Snapdragon
Actual image at 40% crop  |  no post processing

Snapdragon by Michael Chua. Actual image at 100% crop. Tamron SP 28-80mm f/3.5-4.2 (27A) zoom

at 100% crop  |  no post processing