After the disappointment of the Tamron 17mm it was with some trepidation that I put the 35-105 on my Adaptall to NEX converter – will all my Tamron lenses prove to be stretched too far on the Big Sony Sensor?
The answer as it happens is a resounding no, at least in the case of this fast zoom. It’s a one touch design, which means one control that you push/pull to zoom and turn to focus. It’s a good range for a walk-around zoom and with it’s fast f/2.8 aperture it’s easier to focus than with some other legacy zooms. This also makes it a pretty handy portrait lens as you can get decent blur out of it at 105/2.8.
Image quality is pretty good, not just in the bright light this shot was taken in but also in lower light, although focus accuracy becomes harder in gloomy light. All in all it’s a handy lens, and an absolute steal at the prices it trades for on ebay – mine came in at £40. Unfortunately I can’t see it getting as much use on the A7r as it deserves since my Canon 24-105L is not much heavier but has IS and full automation.