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  1. #1
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    Smile α700 & MF 200-500mm f/6.9 LD

    "Now, that's a lens ..." he said, just after hernia surgery.

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    Yep, 96-ounces of serious reach ... that was able to get for just $27. I tell ya, people are nuts, ditching old glass ... but what the heck? Glass that works, is glass that gets used. They quit producing this model in 1984 ... so it's on overtime. Seriously sharp ... just not exactly the most portable of lenses. Like any of these type of lenses, you need at least ten-feet between you and your subject, so you won't be using it to take Christmas-morning shots.

    Hey, I've been the $800 route, with the 43-oz TAMRON SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD ... and it is a nice lens ... still needs the ten feet MFD, but then again, you can get a lot of nice lenses for $800. Anyway, it was sold to a nice Canon camera owner ... in Texas.

    This baby ... fits on anything, as long as you have the TAMRON Adaptall-2 adapter mount. It is a manual focus, but its rare you can get autofocus to get tight at 500mm. The focus usually is hunting back and forth, looking for that darn bird you wanted to snap ... and you wind up switching to manual fous, anyway ... just to even get close. Experience can be cruel.

    Hey, I'm not selling them ... just telling the tale of outdoor fun.

    This is definitely one of those lenses that can really stress the mount on your camera body, so be careful handling it. That tripod mount is there for good reason ... use it.

    Anyone else shooting the heavy stuff? What do you use to transport your glass in? Backpack? Separate hard case? Some kind of strapped bag?
    Last edited by DonSchap; 11-22-2007 at 11:01 PM.
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    Don, is that an Ebay or keh.com find?
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    Thats one hell of a lens.. For the price why not!
    Nikon D90, D40 Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 | Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 | Nikkor 35mm f/1.8
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    Talking Focus on this!

    Quote Originally Posted by swpars View Post
    Don, is that an Ebay or keh.com find?
    Ebay ... I just couldn't see not getting one. $27 ... and yeah, it's a little more work, but you in some kind of hurry?

    Using this lens, you wind up in another time zone.
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    Does your a700 meter with that lens?

    Even though my Nikon won't meter with old Nikkor glass, I'm going to grab a couple lenses off KEH for fun and experimentation.
    Sam


    Nikon D80, D300s, Nikkormat EL, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8, 55-200mm f4-f5.6 VR AF-S Nikkor, 50mm f1.8 AF-D Nikkor, 80-200mm f2.8 AF-D Nikkor, 135mm f2.8 Nikkor-Q pre-AI, Hanimex 35mm f2.8 doorstop

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    Thumbs up Yes, "-2--1--0--1--2+" metering, too

    Quote Originally Posted by swpars View Post
    Does your a700 meter with that lens?

    Even though my Nikon won't meter with old Nikkor glass, I'm going to grab a couple lenses off KEH for fun and experimentation.
    The A700 meters with ALL lenses ... Manual Aperture or AUTO. There is a detachment of information from the lens, as you might suspect (no electrical conduit) ... leaving it to guess what aperture you actually are using (default is f/1.0), but to the camera metering ... it doesn't really care. You could shoot through a stained glass-window, with no lens, for all it cares ... and you would still get metering.

    You also need to go to the "Custom" Menu (which icon looks like a gear) and set "Release w/o lens" to "Enabled", otherwise the shutter locks down and will not release.

    Like I probably mentioned, earlier, there are a few considerations with this piece of glass ... but, for what I saved ... I'll live with it. It shoots frosty clear ... and was a champion lens in earlier times. There aren't too many lenses, these days, that can jump from brand to brand like the TAMRON Adaptall-2 does. Just get the appropriate adapter collar and start shootin'.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 11-22-2007 at 11:02 PM.
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    What do you use to transport your glass in?


    and inside the bag:



    attached to



    420mm in total mouted and inside the little bag.
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    Red face Replace the case ...

    I was transporting this large lens around in the case that TAMRON supplied, but it was aged ... and has since been ... well, deconstructed. I have since bought a couple of neoprene lens cases (an extra-large and a medium ... and have back-to-back'd them to cover it from dust and weather. Not that much out there that can cover something this long.

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    Although, not as "bullet-proof" as the original case kind of was, it is actually more weather-resistant and does a decent enough job, regardless.

    The weirdest part of all of this is ... the two cases, together, cost me more than the fine glass inside.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 11-22-2007 at 11:21 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Yeah i was going to say, nice find but at 27 bucks, you're likely to spend more on a case than the lens. But if it does end up getting dinged up, it's still a 27 dollar piece of glass, at least you won't be out mega bucks. Again, nice find.
    Canon 50D; 17-55 F2.8 IS, 70-200 F4L IS, 50 F1.8, BG-E2n

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    Lightbulb The natural order ...

    Someone asked me ... is the TAMRON MF 200-500mm f/6.9 a good "Nature" lens. Uh ... well, not unless you have a tripod underneath it. Spotting birds in trees and wildlife poking around a large field. Carrying it under your arm would be rather impractical, due to sheer weight and the fact that it is manual focus.

    A man needs to know his limitations. Even the TAMRON SP AF 200-500 f/5-6.3 DI LD is a serious undertaking, but definitely "doable", weighing in at only 43 ounces (half of the prior model). Yes, it's definitely lighter than most 70-200mmm f/2.8 lenses.

    So, if you are looking to whip the lens from one direction to another, this older beast is definitely not the one. Buy the newer lens (SP AF 200-500 f/5-6.3 Di LD) and have fun. The SONY A700 provides the stability for the longer shot ... and it doesn't take much to improve most shots.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 12-27-2007 at 07:07 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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