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Tamron 35 mm f/ 2.8 Adapt-A-Matic Lens

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Tamron 35 mm f/ 2.8 Adapt-A-Matic lens

Tamron 35 mm f/ 2.8 Adapt-A-Matic lens

Tamron 35 mm f/ 2.8 Adapt-A-Matic lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Tamron Adapt-A-Matic, Tamron Adapt-A-Matic

First year of production: 1969

Last year of production: 1973

Optical design: 6 elements in 5 groups

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Average price: $40


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Additional information:

The Tamron 35 mm f/ 2.8 Adapt-A-Matic is a wide-angle prime lens for 35 mm SLR cameras popular in the 1960-70s (via the interchangeable Adapt-A-Matic bayonet).

There are three variants of the lens.  The first two photos show the 1st and the ultimate variants. 

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Posted by: Nik_SSG   Date of publication: 29.07.2011

Photos taken with this lens Tamron 35 mm f/ 2.8 Adapt-A-Matic:

Test @ f/2.8
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5 0 769

Philip IV of Spain
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5 0 160

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4 0 721

Madrid\'s Bear @f/5.6
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3 3 409

Mechanical quality5.001
Optical quality2.001
Pricing / Value4.001
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Owner reviews: Tamron 35 mm f/ 2.8 Adapt-A-Matic

NerveNet 10.11.2020 14:57:58
Period of use: 9 months

  • Low priced (around 30 euros)
  • Good build quality
  • Made of metal with rubber focusing ring (second version)
  • Moderately fast f/2.8 aperture
  • Smooth focusing ring


  • Soft wide open in center, with very soft corners
  • Washed out colors
  • Bulky and heavy


This 35mm lens was meant for black and white photography according to the results I get from it, washed out colors, very soft corners at f/2.8 and some vignetting.

Improves a lot at f/5.6 but corners are still a bit soft may be due to field curvature.


Build quality is very good, all made of metal, a bit heavy and bulky. My copy corresponds to Tamron's second version with a rubber focusing ring instead of a metallic one.

Focusing ring is well damped and smooth, a pleasure to use.