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Tamron SP 35-210mm f3.5-f4.2 – Classic lenses

Tarmon SP 35mm-210mm f3.5-4.2 Classic Lenses  Nigel Borrington

Tarmon SP 35mm-210mm f3.5-4.2
Classic Lenses
Nigel Borrington

Using classic Camera lenses

In the world of Digital photography it feels like a new bit of equipment is released almost every month, new Camera bodies, lenses, flash guns etc….

In the last few years however the image quality of digital cameras has begun to reach such high standards that its hard to see as bigger need than every before to keep upgrading your SLR camera body. I remember so clearly the day I first purchased a digital SLR, it was a Nikon D100, a body that was very closely based on the Nikon F80. I also remember reading sometime later that for a digital Camera to match the print size of 35mm film you would need 24 million pixels, a target that was reached sometime back in the Nikon range and surpassed with the 36mp Nikon D800.

Looking back at Film cameras, most of the end print size and quality came from the type of film you selected to use. The camera bodies themselves offered different levels of capture capabilities, some bodies offered all you needed to take landscape images while other more advanced bodies allowed you to capture fast action activities such as sports.

Once you had the camera body that you needed, for the type of photography you worked with, there was little need to upgrade until you had almost worked your camera into the ground.

Today in 2017, it is a very legitimate question to ask if at last after many years of the megapixel race, have we not now reached the point that you can purchase a camera body and keep it for life or until you finish it off by using it so much ?

What about Lenses ?


In the first years of digital SLR cameras it was not always possible to use all your old lenses with your new wonderful Digital body, Many Cameras would only for example allow you to use the latest Auto-focus lenses.

Over time the manufacturers started to launch bodies at the top end of their range that allowed you to use many older lenses including Manual focus lenses. Once this happened many photographers started to look backwards at the classic lens market, to workout what lenses from the past still offered great performance on modern cameras.

Personally I love using classic lenses and the Tarmon Sp 35mm-210mm F3.5-4.2, is one of the lenses I love using the most, produced by Tamron in Japan in the early 1980’s and only ended production in late 1987, it was available new well into the 1990’s.


This lens is one of the best made Zoom lenses of all time and even includes a Macro mode, offering a close focus of 11.8″ (0.3m), for a zoom lens this is very good. It is also very fast and falls into the professional level of F3.5 at 35mm to F4.2 at 210mm, on a current Digital slr with its low ISO noise this speed is excellent. It also has some amazing Lens flare that when used in video mode is amazing !

For times when I can use manual focus and want a zoom lens that has a great focus distant range and is fast, I am more than happy to have this lens with me. Its sharp at all F-stops, feels just amazing to use and can take any kind of usage in any type of conditions.


I will let the images below do the rest of the talking here, its fair to say however that not all old camera equipment is outdated and not worth using anymore. Great Lenses like these ones, if looked after last for ever.

When new this lens would have cost top money and for a reason!

Lens Gallery








3 responses

  1. The only downside to the latest DSLRs that I can detect is their propensity to not last all that long. Probably due to the autofocus feature. Nikon D7000 for instance (which I own) has a life expectancy of only 150,000 cycles. Pretty sad if you’re taking hundreds of photos a month. As for my Nikkor 18-200mm zoom lens, it’s got a 5-year warranty, long past, and I do think it will last a lifetime. It is a truly superior lens.

    January 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    • Hi Alli πŸ™‚

      The 18-200 is a great lens, great and heavy bit of Glass πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      150,000 is just a guide , a lot of people read these figures on the net and think that if you pass these numbers your camera will fail soon after, truth is your shutter can fail well before or well after this number of shots and once your 2 years cover is up your on your own!!!

      Its still cheaper to fit a new shutter than get a new camera, The d7000 is a great Nikon πŸ™‚ its a keeper , IMO πŸ™‚ Just love it and use it, the day it dies sent it in to Nikon, here its free post, I bet it is there also !, they sent you a label for the box you send it in! they will give you a to fix cost free and you can say Yes or No!!

      From what I read its about $200 for a D7000 shutter , but 150,000 is still a lot of shots πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ …..

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      January 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm

  2. I do dearly love my D7000 and plan to keep it for as long as possible. Interestingly it was defective right out of the box but I sent it to Nikon and they promptly fixed it. As for lenses, the 18-200 is definitely the most amazing piece of glass I have ever owned. Got it on the recommendation from a friend and he was so right! My second-best favorite is the Tamron 150-600 that I bought about a year and a half ago. I get great close ups without a tripod as long as I have something to prop myself up against. I’m sure folks who are stronger and steadier than I am can do it without any assistance whatsoever!

    January 19, 2017 at 3:28 am

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