Tamron SP 70-210 f/3.5 "19AH"
Filter Size: 62mm
The Tamron SP 70-210 f/3.5 has a small cult
It's a manual focus lens that as one of the Tamron Adaptall 2
lenses, with the correct adapter it can be fitted to any SLR. It's also
been called "the best telephoto ever made" by some. A large part of
this is because of one very unique feature. The further you zoom in,
the more the barrel extends to cover the front element. It's
pretty rare these days and can be hard to find. I searched around for a
month, not really knowing what to expect to pay when an inquiry led to
a free lens.
SP 70-210 f/3.5 "19AH" zoomed to 210mm.
The 19AH is an interesting lens. It's considerably
(12oz) than the Nikon 75-150 for only 60mm of gain at the long end.
It's considerably lighter (less than half) than the 67oz Nikkor 80-200
f/2.8 AI-S, which is a rare bird too. For less than half the weight,
it's only 2/3 of a stop slower. Size wise, I've never handled the
Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AI-S but the Tamron 70-210 f/3.5 is a lot larger
than the 75-150, and it's even longer than the modern Nikkor 70-300VR.
Similar size and four
even without a focus motor or VR.
The extra weight comes
from all metal
construction and lots of glass. Shame the lends hood is cheap