Santa Cruz Pier with Tamron Adaptall-2 (20A)

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by hinman, May 16, 2017.

  1. I took these casual walk-around pictures in Santa Cruz Pier the day before Mother's Day. On Saturday, I did my first rehab hiking 2 months after ACL surgery in Henry Cowell State Park with flat trail and it was a great feeling. And at night we visited the Santa Cruz Pier where we could spot the Santa Cruz Boardwalk from the pier.

    In traveling light, I used my Sony mirror-less instead of Pentax. And I have used this lens on Pentax K-x, K20D and K-5 before. It is more well balanced on the Pentax. This zoom lens gets a good recommendation from Hin but I still missed my old faithful with cheaper and likely lesser known manual zoom lens with the Kiron 70-150mm f/3.8 with a 2x tc

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    Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bokeh

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    Santa Cruz Pier Lamp Post

    by Hin Man, on Flickr

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    Sky Window

    by Hin Man, on Flickr
    shot with a Sony E 35mm f/1.8 prime strolling to find potential dinner place for pre-mother's day celebration. We ended up going home for dinner instead. I made dinner with wife together -- a big mistake as I scrambled when hungry.


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    Father & Daughter Beach Walk

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    Double Down

    by Hin Man, on Flickr

    I woke up very happy on Monday still thinking how good my birthday was and how great we did on the Mother's Day 2017 with visit to a Guitar Center with drums, guitar, piano and others for fun play. I doubt if Monday was anything that could top my weekend experience. But this picture gives me hope as it is a double down kind of picture that relates one light after the other. I will name it 'double down'



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    Keeping Us Warm

    by Hin Man, on Flickr

    Hope you like my walk-around pictures before Mother's Day 2017.

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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  2. Likely all were shot in f/3.5 with the zoom lens. Most were shot in 150mm and I zoom in to frame in wider view in some of them. The lens is a one-touch zoom and the smooth focusing ring allows me to snap subject into focus. Focusing takes some guesswork as my eyes are plagued with aging decline.

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    url=20170513-DSC06498]Santa Cruz Boardwalk[/url]
    by Hin Man, on Flickr


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    Father & Daughter Beach Walk in B&W

    by Hin Man, on Flickr

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    Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bokeh

    by Hin Man, on Flickr

    I forget the film simulation that used for the above picture, it is likely using Kodak Ektachrome or Kodachrome 64 professional

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
  3. I have this sleeper for a long time, I was biasly thinking of the Vivitar/Kiron copy of 70-150mm f/3.8. I have been unfair to the Tamron Adaptall-2. I almost sell my copy for a meager $39.00. That didn't last when I went for a work out in Homedepot on easy flower pictures. The Tamron 20A bests the Kiron Vivitar in the close up shots and better bokeh. The Kiron is very cold in the tone while the Tamron is still cold but it works well in bokeh. Sharpness goes to the Kiron and no doubt about that especially wide open shots.

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    The close up flower shots in my rare blog post in


    Hin's Photo Corner: Tamron adaptall-2 70-150mm f/3.5 (20A) Test Shots

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
  4. Your editing eye and mine may be aligned -- In particular I like the first three shots posted.
     
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  5. Nice set of images. I once had the Vivitar 70-150 f3.8 and liked it, but the Tamron I had was the older Adaptall 70-150 f3.5 two touch lens.
     
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  6. The vivitar 70-150mm f/3.8 was likely made by Kiron, the Kiron copy is sharper but the Tamron 20A does a bit better in close-up. I can't pick one over the other and not miss the other. I now end up appreciating what I have as I can use tamron pk-a adaptall-2 adapter on my Pentax gear or mount it on my Sony gear through a complex combo of adapter converting adaptall-2 to Sony Alpha then onto Alpha to E mount -- two adapters. Because the zoom is a small and compact, the combo is still very usable and not too heavy in street shooting -- much lighter than DA* 50-135mm zoom.

    The Sony platform now has a Techart Pro adapter that can AF using PDAF turning many Leica M mount lenses that is less than 700g into AF lenses. And I will try the 20A with the AF in my Sony system soon. When I try the setup with FA 43mm f/1.9, the whole thing AF without a problem.

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    Essentially all of my FA limited lenses can AF in my Sony system through a TechArt Pro adapter along with a Pentax K to Leica M mount. This is the whole reason why I pick and compromise in getting Sony A7RII over Pentax K-1. And if I am crazy enough someday, I will get use my Pentax lenses shooting film on a Leica clone film camera such as the Bessa R variations Voigtlander Bessa R. Or I can can get a Leica M to Pentax K-mount and try my two Voigalnder lenses on my Pentax aps-c bodies.

    https://www.cameraquest.com/voigrf.htm


    Cheers,
    Hin
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2017

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