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Oct 25, 2011 06:33 |  #1

I just spent a tenner on a lens from FleaBay. It's a Tamron 28-80mm f3.5-5.6.
I wasn't expecting amazing images, but had the idea that it was a small enough lens with a little extra reach compared to the 18-55mm kit lens I have. Can carry it around and not worry about it getting damaged for £10!.

So, is it good enough? Here is a picture (please ignore the content as such). Is it sharp enough, decent quality, etc?

I know it's not a 50mm f1.8 portrait, and I don't have L-glass money. :)

Let me know what you think:

IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6041/6279297821_8a74ec2c3b_b.jpg
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Oct 25, 2011 07:03 |  #2

A Processed (obviously) image...I will do "proper" tests this evening:

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Oct 25, 2011 07:09 |  #3

Looks pretty good to me
Not familiar with this lens, If you ask me to be picky , the first photo looks like the focus is behind the eyes, more on the hair at the ear area the hair looks very sharp, but that could be a bunch of reasons for that
The second looks spot on focus, a bit over sharpened for the process may be
Like they say, is not the arrow, is the indian


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Oct 25, 2011 08:23 |  #4

Pretty decent IQ. Maybe I should dump my L lenses to get a good cheap lens to save some money :)




  
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Oct 25, 2011 08:24 |  #5

By the way, what is the f stop you used? Mind to share the EXIF info? Thanks!




  
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Oct 25, 2011 09:07 |  #6

borism wrote in post #13302838 (external link)
Looks pretty good to me
Not familiar with this lens, If you ask me to be picky , the first photo looks like the focus is behind the eyes, more on the hair at the ear area the hair looks very sharp, but that could be a bunch of reasons for that
The second looks spot on focus, a bit over sharpened for the process may be
Like they say, is not the arrow, is the indian

Thanks. Her hair is messy, and probably a little more in front of the ears in that shot, but yes, the eyes look a little softer but not badly.
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fourelements99 wrote in post #13303033 (external link)
Pretty decent IQ. Maybe I should dump my L lenses to get a good cheap lens to save some money :)

ha ha...I could do the same if i had any L-glass! :)

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By the way, what is the f stop you used? Mind to share the EXIF info? Thanks!

For the first shot:
Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/4.5
Focal Length 54 mm
ISO Speed 400

Light was more "head on" in the first shot, so got a faster shutter. Taken indoors with no flash, so "sort of" comparing to what I have been doing with the 50mm f1.8 lens.

For the mono:
Exposure 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture f/5.0
Focal Length 67 mm
ISO Speed 400

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Oct 25, 2011 09:43 |  #7

Looks great.




  
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Oct 25, 2011 10:15 |  #8

rick_reno wrote in post #13303411 (external link)
Looks great.

Thanks. :)




  
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Oct 25, 2011 10:27 as a reply to  @ Bend The Light's post |  #9

For a tenner,,a bargain!!


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Oct 25, 2011 10:41 |  #10

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For a tenner,,a bargain!!

Thanks. :)




  
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Oct 25, 2011 11:47 |  #11

Fantastic for a tenner, even if it was for a bit more!! That should make not just you but Ruby too a lot more happier :)


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Oct 25, 2011 12:00 |  #12

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Fantastic for a tenner, even if it was for a bit more!! That should make not just you but Ruby too a lot more happier :)

Thanks. Ruby is a bright jolly girl, really...it's just when I ask her to pose she either messes about, or gets all solemn! :)




  
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Oct 25, 2011 17:06 |  #13

Seems pretty good to me. So, why was it so cheap, one wonders? Any sign of impact damage, tampering, rough handling or (perish the thought) fungus?




  
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Oct 25, 2011 18:27 as a reply to  @ LudwigVB's post |  #14

I can't see nothing wrong.
Old and cheap doesn't mean bad IQ always.


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Oct 25, 2011 18:39 |  #15

Great picture quality for a cheap lens.


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