Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro

Telephoto macro prime lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha
Richard Murdey
 
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Downsides first: (1) Screwdriver AF. No VR. (2) Build-quality is good but its a mostly plastic, low-rent affair a notch below, e.g. Tokina, and several notches below the Nikkor 105 VR. (3) Kinda tacky having the entire lens information written out on the barrel in gold stencil like that...

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Camera: Canon 60D Pro: * Extremely sharp. * Recessed glass protects from scratching/damage. Cons: * AF is slow and does a LOT of hunting. * Sharp bokeh that distracts from the main subject (I prefer smooth). I got this as the recommended macro lens. It has amazingly sharp images from the centre to the outside. It does have a lot of issues autofocussing though, doing a lot of hunting and often not finding the subject even when the subject is within range. I find I regularly have to aim at ...

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David195
 
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A fantastic lens. Perfect for portraits on DX format and FX. Very sharp even wide open. Is my take everywhere lens. Had a Nikkor 105mm macro and ended up selling it and keeping the Tamron.

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Here goes my own test of this lens in FX, for those of you interested: Review It's my tool for close ups and macro, since my 24-70 it's good for that and the 70-200 can't reach those levels of magnification. It's great value for the money. Cheers!

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doracapi
 
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Good macro and medium telephoto lens,good colour,sharp,verry good IQ,cheap.Important for Sony and Pentax user it is necessary to set AF or MF first to the camera and after to the lens.Extension during focusing make this little difficult.MF is perfect.AF little slow.Discrete CA in difficult light with f2,8.

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Owned this lens for two years for my Sonys (A230, A55). The sharpness was eye-watering even on my 10MP A230 (wide open) which was pretty much useless above ISO 400. The bokeh is smoother than double cream : (http://www.flickr.com/photos/angadsrin/8758525142/sizes/l/in/photostream/) The af is slow and the mf/af switch doesn't work amazingly, but for the price and usage it is more than enough. The optics are very recessed which means that the glass will not be scratched easily but it limits ...

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Great Quality dont have much diference in quality for Nikon 105 2.8 VR grat lens, the only problem is a little slow the AF Problems: Slow AF

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I've been using this lens for 2 years and absolutely love the optical quality. It is extremely sharp and has a beautiful bokeh to it. The focal length works very well on a DX (APS-C) camera. The only complaint I have is that the AF: you can watch grass grow in the time it takes to get a focus lock! It's noisy, slow, and does a lot of hunting & searching. I used this lens as a budget portrait lens before I could afford an 85 1.4 and found it to work very well (outside of the AF speed!). ...

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wsk80
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I had this lens for awhile and this lens never let me down. I would say value for money compare to Nikon, Canon Macro lens. CA is noticeable when zoom in (very close). Picture wise is sharp tick but AF is slow as the lens extend out.

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