Caught in the spotlight
We have a lovely sunny day here in the UK and I went into the garden to see what wildlife was about. This tidy spider was hanging in his web on a tree and the sun light was directly behind him. I rushed inside before he either moved or the sun went behind a cloud and managed to take a few pictures using my Pentax K-5 and Tamron 90mm macro lens. This one is about the best…
This post is about this classic telephoto zoom lens which I bought from eBay UK this week.
This lens was made in several different versions over the years, and it’s generally accepted that the first three versions were the best in terms of sharpness and contrast. I picked my copy up from eBay for £50 which seems to be the going rate for a good clean example, and for that I got a very clean lens with clear optics, a fitted UV filter, front and rear caps and supplied in it’s original box. I have a Pentax K mount version, with an ‘A’ option on the aperture ring, which allows me to use it in auto exposure mode on my K5, and manually on the Nex 6. Of course it’s a manual focus lens.
As I said above, there were several versions of this lens and there were several manufacturers involved in making them. After doing some internet research it seems the versions were
- 70-210mm f/3.5 with a 67mm diameter filter made by Kiron
- 70-210mm f/3.5 with a 62mm diameter filter made by Tokina
- 70-210mm f/2.8-4.0 with a 62mm diameter filter made by Komine
- 70-210mm f/2.8-4.0 with a 62mm or 58mm diameter filter made by Cosina
- 70-210mm f/2.8-4.0 with a 58mm diameter filter made by Cosina
It’s possible to identify any particular version by the general spec as shown above and by the serial number, the first two digits of which give the manufacturer. The serial number of my copy is 28612165 and the starting 28 indicated that it was made by Komine. So I have version 3 of this lens. The basic design of the lens changed a bit between the different versions, the biggest difference I could see is the removal of the macro switch which was fitted to version 1 to move to macro mode. I believe my copy was made about 1986.
The first thing you notice when handling this lens is the weight and the solid construction. This is a seriously hefty lens and I would certainly not fit it to my Nex 6 on a tripod without a lens tripod mount.
Here are the basic statistics of the lens
- Focal length 70-210mm
- Effective focal length on APS-C camera 105-315mm
- Maximum aperture f/2.8 at 70mm f/4.0 at 210
- Minimum focusing distance 0.8m
- Mount PK-A
Because it’s a version 3 lens, the macro switch which was fitted to version 1 is gone, and the lens just focuses by turning the focus ring, but if the subject is close to the lens the zoom automatically engages as you focus closer and pushes the lens to about 100mm focal length. Once you are in macro mode the lens focuses very close, only a couple of feet or so away from the end of the lens.
Focusing is achieved by turning the large knurled ring, and the zoom is operated by pushing the focus ring forward and back. The shortest focal length of 70mm is with the ring pushed as far forward as it will go. There is a depth of field scale on the lens barrel to indicate the amount of the picture which will be in focus at any particular focal length.
The overall length of the lens changes by about 10-20 mm as the focus is moved from one extreme to the other and the filter does rotate as you focus so any polarising filter would need to be rotated after focusing.
I’ve used this lens on both my Pentax K-5 and my Sony Nex-6.
On the Pentax the lens is somewhat easier to use because it has the A setting so I can use normal Aperture priority mode to set the exposure. The camera also feels fairly well balanced because the weight of the lens is just about the same as the weight of the camera. Focusing however is a little tricky because my eyes are not as good as I would like.
On the Sony the lens feels pretty big and clumsy – on a couple of occasions I had to actually drop the camera down to waist level to hold it by the mount adaptor so I could change the focus from the macro end to the infinity end! However focusing was considerably easier because the focus peaking outlines the in-focus part of the image. It makes me wish that Pentax would release a software update for the K5 to add focus peaking (although I guess it would only be in live-view mode which I almost never use)
Below are the images I captured with this lens as I went out this afternoon. The metadata shows the camera used to capture the image, and in the case of the Pentax the aperture and shutter speed used as well as the iso. On the Nex 6 the aperture isn’t shown, but all the pictures were taken between f/2.8 and f/8. Overall I’m pretty impressed with the technical quality of the lens. As usual click on the pictures for a bigger view and to see the camera data.
This post is about the pictures I took with a Tamron 90mm Macro lens fitted to a Sony NEX 6.
The last few months have been cold and wet but today has brought a change with some sun and a nice increase to the temperature so I thought I would go out and try to get some pictures to show the start of spring. I’ve recently bought a Pentax K mount to NEX adaptor to let me fit my existing lenses to my NEX 6. Of course they all work on the NEX as manual lenses, but the focus peaking mode assists with getting the focus right and shooting in shutter priority mode allows me to make sure I don’t have a shutter speed low enough to allow camera shake. Using this adaptor allowed my to try some macro shots with my NEX and my Tamron 90mm macro lens.
All the pictures shown here were taken within a mile of my house in Stevenage. Not all follow the theme of ‘The start of spring’ but they are all images I found interesting. They have all been shot in RAW and post processed in Lightroom and one shot had a bit of a clean up in Photoshop.A walk with a macro lens This post is about the pictures I took with a Tamron 90mm Macro lens fitted to a Sony NEX 6.
A short post with just a collection of pictures taken with my NEX-6 over the last couple of weeks mostly with the 16-50mm kit lens.
I’ve been taking my Nex 6 just about everywhere with me over the last few weeks and this is a collection of my favourite shots I’ve taken in that time.Some pictures from my NEX 6 A short post with just a collection of pictures taken with my NEX-6 over the last couple of weeks mostly with the 16-50mm kit lens.
Crocus on Flickr.
Spring is coming soon
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