Today I'll be looking at an older and less common lens. The Tamron SP 300mm f/2.8 LD-IF Model 60B.
This lens is part of the Adaptall line, which featured an interchangeable lens mount. Each of the different mounts had all of the connection tabs for reporting aperture information to the different camera lines. Later Pentax mounts actually had electronic contacts for manual focus confirmation on Pentax AF bodies. While the Canon EF mount adapter was never officially introduced by Tamron, many 3rd party manufacturers produce a mount adapter for Canon EF with AF confirmation chips! This lens was originally produced from 1984-1992 and shipped with a beautiful leather shoulder bag designed to fit the lens with the hood on in the correct position. It's quite a nice piece, and common for most professional lenses to ship with cases. Notice the beautiful brass nameplate. They were quite proud of this lens.
The focus ring on this lens is so nice. It's buttery smooth with just the right amount of resistance. It's a fairly good size too with nice distance markings. It's really great since this is a manual focus only lens. Above the focus ring is a second smaller ring which you can use as a focus limiter or focus preset. You loosen the little black knob and turn the focus ring. The second ring will then turn with the focus ring. Once you have the focus where you want it, tighten the black knob. There will now be a small stop indent at that position like on an aperture ring.
Build quality of this lens is excellent. It's an all metal body construction except for the hood, which is made of metal on the mounting ring, and very solid plastic for the rest. The hood is strong enough to support the entire weight of the lens and camera. I've stood it on the hood many times. The lens weighs in at 2096 grams, so eat your Wheaties and lift some weights!
The lens is a dual filter design. A 112mm filter in the front, and a 43mm in the back. The lens achieves optimum sharpness with both filters in place as the optical design was optimized for the filters to remain in place. So even if you aren't using a colored, neutral density, or polarizer filter in the rear filter slot, you should keep the clear filter in place.
With the new Canon 5D Mark IV just around the corner, I figured it would be a perfect time to look at the very first 5D. Throughout this review I'll be comparing certain aspects of the 5D Mark I to the Canon 5D Mark II (2008), Mark III (2012), the 1DS Mark II (2004), and the 60D (2010).
The original Canon 5D was announced in August of 2005, and was revolutionary for its time. It was the first full-frame camera in a standard body size. The Canon BG-E4 was the optional battery grip to enable the secondary grip. The only full-frame option before that was the Canon 1Ds line, the Kodak DCS-14, and the Contax N-digital which were all larger double grip cameras aimed at the professional market. In addition, the 5D was the first full-frame camera to enter the market at under $3,500 USD. The Canon 1DSII was nearly double the price and the Kodak DCS-14 and Contax N-digital were beginning to be forgotten about due to their older technology.
Spec. wise, the 5D seems like a fairly modest camera. Coming in at only 12.8 megapixels, 9 auto focus points, 3 fps continuous shooting, and a limited ISO range of 50-3200, one might not even think about considering it now. One can forget about live view, movie mode, and self-cleaning sensors. Those would not be introduced until the 5D Mark II in 2008.
All the negative aspects aside, I'm here to tell you why this is still a great camera.
Had the pleasure of taking some headshots for my friend Inah. Here are some of my favorites from the session!
I had a wonderful time taking graduation photos of my friend Corrie this past weekend. Here are a couple of photos from the session!
So I had brought my Graflex Crown Graphic to campus to shoot some photos. It's not really a "pocket camera", but I hauled it around all day on an oversized series 5 Gitzo tripod (not the new carbon fiber ones, but the overweight metal ones). The original intent was just for the Master of Sacred Music photo in Perkins Chapel.
The image turned out quite nice. Just a little bit of fogging on the one side, but hey, for a 70 year-old camera, it's pretty great. What I really love is the level of detail from large format. Scanning the negatives at 3200 dpi results in a 15266 × 11808 pixel image (approx. 180 megapixels!). File sizes are massive though. A 16-bit black and white tiff is about 3GB per image.