You either feel as though Tamron’s foray into the “adaptall” mounting system was a worthy no brainer or something of a novelty.
Either way though it’s difficult to deny the quality, the IQ of some of the adapt all lenses.
One such lens being the 35-80 macro that has garnered something of a cult following.
My copy is the SP 2.8-3.8mm CF Macro model made in Korea – two things that might create a hesitancy in prospective buyers are that it isn’t what would generally be considered a fast lens and the fact that it was manufactured in Korea.
A big mistake in my opinion if either are seen as a deterrent -fast is good but come on now if you know more than auto modes this lens can excel.
That’s excel as in macro or general photography – great color, sharp, and solidly constructed – all qualities we look for in a lens……not to mention seriously easier on the pocketbook than many a newer lens.
So what’s not to like unless you avoid vintage lenses as though they are an alien species?
I got mine along with a Contax 137md quartz camera, camera bag, 62 mm filter, manuals, and a flash for $40 at of all places a Habitat recycling store.
$4, $40, or $400 if this lens didn’t perform it would be out the door as I readily admit to historically not being much of a Tamron fan.
As per the norm in the blog I encourage people to bear in mind I offer my personal opinion when it comes to photo gear and to do the math for themselves.