Tamron SP 90mm AF F2.8 A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 28   
reviewer#11042 date: Apr-15-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL16-80 zeiss
SAL 70-300 G
MINOLTA 24-85 3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Really Sharp
Good color
Light
negative:Slow AF
Plastic feeling
comment:A really crisp lens.
Have it for 15 years!!
A classic lens!! And best value for money!!!
I use it mainly for macro shootings together with a minolta ring flash MFC1000.
reviewer#10665 date: Nov-7-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:No other macro to compare it to.
price paid:can't remember
positive:Build, colour, contrast.
negative:Hunts. Not quite tack-sharp.
comment:Keeper.
reviewer#10617 date: Oct-25-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100mm f/ 2.8
price paid:150 USD (used)
positive:Lightweight and sharp beyond belief, quick and snappy autofocus
negative:Let's see.....nope, none that I can think of...
comment:I've been trying to snatch one of these for quite some time now, but let's face it folks...this glass ain't cheap. Even a used one can cost a pretty penny but my persistence paid off and I got one off of Ebay for a damned good price. Now to the good stuff....as soon as I popped it on I could tell this was a lens to be reckoned with. Right out of the gate it impressed me with how sharp it was...even just fooling around the pictures I got were impressive enough to know I had something quite special.
Just after I bought it I did a little "birding" at my neighbor's hummingbird feeder...normally I use my big fat Tamron 200-400 for the little critters but I decided to let the SP 90 show off it's chops and boy am I glad I did. Each image was spot on, retaining it's sharpness even when cropped 100 percent. The colors were lush and despite the fact that it's an older model the af was quick and snappy. Lightweight and compact it's quickly becoming my favourite lens to use for all occasions. Whether you shoot portraits, shoot critters up close and personal or shooting anything that moves, this is the one to pick.
reviewer#9065 date: May-30-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:-Minolta 100mm Macro
price paid:
missing
positive:-Very Sharp
-Great Bokeh
-Lightweight
negative:-Slow macro focusing
comment:This is an amazing macro lens. The build is plastic but is very sturdy. It is insanely slow at auto focusing when doing 1:1, so I always go manual when doing things like insects or moving object. It's easier to just sway towards and away from an object for focus. The sharpness, colors and bokeh are excellent.
reviewer#8704 date: Feb-26-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:260 AUD (used mint)
positive:Colour, sharpness, focus-limiter, quality feel
negative:none as yet
comment:Sharpest lens in my collection, very useful focal length, focus limiter is useful although I tend to MF when doing macro. With the front element tucked so far into the lens body, a protective filter is pretty much redundant - you'd have to try real hard to put a finger mark on it! Haven't tried it for portraiture yet, but no reason to think it wouldn't excel at that too. Rated build quality at 4 due to poly-carb construction, though the lens feels very solid and well-built in the hand. As yet, haven't found anything not to like with this lens! Highly recommended.
reviewer#8333 date: Dec-2-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100 f2.8 macro RS
price paid:185 GBP (mint)
positive:SHARP!!!!
Colour
Value for money
negative:Not for those who dislike plastic
comment:Only difference between the Minolta is 'build'.

Very sharp with beautiful colour and bokeh.
reviewer#7848 date: Aug-23-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SONY 100MM 2.8
price paid:275 USD Mint+
positive:SHARP Right off the line @ Wide Open. MF / AF Ring (Push/Pull) Dreamy Bokeh, Focus Limiter, 90MM is Perfect for Portraits.
negative:NONE~
comment:My dad has a A900 and a Sony 100MM Macro and honestly this lens is every bit as good. Much prefer the Focus ring on this one. Love the Push Pull Mechanism. And the plastic on this seems sturdier. This thing is crazy Sharp @ f2.8 and peaks out around f5.6. I do a lot of Pet Portraits and this lens is as good as it gets for this.
reviewer#7830 date: Aug-19-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:250 (used, like new)
positive:SHARP!!!!
1:1 macro
SHARP!!!!
Bokeh!
negative:None for a macro
comment:I've had this lens for a few months but I have recently started playing with it and WOW! The sharpness is crazy! Macro has opened up a whole new way to photograph for me. Trying it with portraits now and it takes some practice. Hard to find but if you do grab it you won't regret it.
reviewer#7045 date: Mar-9-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 50mm macro
Sony 50mm f1.4
Sigma 90mm macro
Minolta 85mm f1.4
price paid:L175
positive:Dual role lens
Very sharp
Limiter
Great value
negative:build could be better
comment:Top tier sharpness (best I've used) without a crazy price tag, colour & bokeh is nice but colours are not as pleasant as the minolta.

90mm is a very useful range as it's long enough for insects and good for portraits, the focus limiter is extremely useful boastin af speed on non-macro subjects, actually it seems a little faster than the minolta 85mm 1.4

For the money & dual role this lens serves it's a no brainer, buy one.
reviewer#7033 date: Mar-8-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:my first real macro lens, nothing to compare to
price paid:200 EUR
positive:- super sharp
- very, very sharp @ 2.8
- great lens for the money
- AF limiter
negative:- typical macro disadvantages apply /very slow AF
comment:The sharpness is truly amazing. It is very important to work with a tripod in low light, because going up the ISO scale will do damage to the sharpness, which is a pity, as this lens produces incredibly sharps results.

Of course it's a slow lens, so talking about AF speed would not make much sense. The AF limiter is of big help as in low light the AF will hunt a very loooong way there and forth and sometimes three times in a row when you decide you should work with manual focus rather.

For portraits it's very usable, though 90mm is a bit far on aps-c, guess it will do the job completely on FF though.

Bokeh is nice, the lens is completely sharp already at 2.8, stopping down will produce even sharper pictures, though.

Colors are what I am used to with the T17-50 and T28-75, fits in perfectly.
reviewer#6240 date: Oct-19-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28mm f/1,8
Sony 50mm f/1,8
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5,6
Sony 18-70mm f/3,5-5,6
price paid:290€ (used)
positive:Sharp, sharp, sharp
Nice Bokeh
Focal lenght
negative:Slow AF (as usually in macros)
comment:Very nice macro which can be used for potraits also with great results. Already very sharp at wide open.
reviewer#5996 date: Sep-6-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Sigma 90mm f2.8 Macro 1:2
- Minolta 135mm 1:2.8
price paid:160 USD (used mint)
positive:+ sharp, good colors
+ lightweight and compact
+ nice bokeh
+ good flare control even w/o hood, 55mm thread
+ large focus ring w/ MF clutch
+ focus limiter
+ price
negative:- for the price nothing
comment:I sold my old Sigma 90mm a year ago and regretted it soon after. Decided to try the Tamron when I had the opportunity to pick up a mint example for very little money. For the money this lens can't be beat. It autofocuses fast when used as a portrait lens, weighs next to nothing and takes the place of my film 135mm f2.8 on APS-C. This lens lives up to its reputation as a "portrait macro".
reviewer#5891 date: Aug-22-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-75 f2.8, Minolta 28-135 f4-4.5, Minolta 3x-1x, Minolta 35-70 f4, Minolta 28-105 f3.5-4.5, Minolta 70-210 f4
price paid:225
positive:Fantastic lens! Incredibly sharp for the price. Great for macro and portrait shots.
negative:Tends to hunt under lower light and non-contrasty situations. AF is a bit slow (but worth the wait).
comment:I love this lens. The AF is a little slow and will hunt under low light conditions but completely worth the wait. It is one of the sharpest lenses I own (I definitely have a few) and a steal at the current xBAY or C_LIST prices. I purchased the original version for a great price and would pick up another one if I see it again. It's a great walking around and portrait lens. The detail is incredible - I feel like a pro.
reviewer#5272 date: Apr-21-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 16-80
Beercan
price paid:200€
positive:Truly sharp
Very nice bokeh
Autofocus quite fast, I expected much worse!
negative:Huge backfocus on my a700, unusable for portraits and further
A bit more CA in bokeh area
comment:I bought it second hand, perfect macro lens, but further than 1.5 metres away, I get huge backfocus. Can't even focus @ infinity... Don't know whether to blame a700, I tweaked AF on my old a100 to get better focus results... Waiting for micro AF adjustment in next a700 FW (hopefully...)
reviewer#4543 date: Dec-13-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Only true macro I have. So nothing to compare too.
price paid:250 New
positive:Sharp and it was cheap.
negative:Hunts in AF, but I use it in manual most of the time
comment:Great Lens, a little slow. But who cares. Really love this lens.
reviewer#3854 date: Jul-15-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100mm Vivitar 3.5, 18-250mm Tamron, 28-85mm Minolta
price paid:230 USD (used, mint)
positive:Just about everything.
negative:Ummmm. Plastic? A little loud? I'm reaching here....
comment:Probably the sharpest lens ever on my camera (and I've owned some good ones). Beautiful bokeh! The focus action is silky smooth, and the built in hood is pretty extreme. You'd have to try to shoot directly at the sun to really get any flare on this thing.

Obviously, 1:1 is pretty difficult to pull off, but when you do, it's truly amazing.

The limiter is a godsend when trying to do either 1:1 or infinity. The focus range is quite huge, so cycling from one to the other is a test of patience if you're trying to catch a good shot. With the limiter, it's lightening quick.
reviewer#3186 date: Jan-16-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 50/2.8
price paid:Ł100 (used)
positive:Sharp
Bokeh
small and light
great with extention tubes
cheap
negative:plastic feel for the focus ring
comment:Probably the sharpest lens I own. Great bokeh, a pleasure to use on film, still a pleasure to use on digital. Decent distance from object when doing a 1:1 macro, and great magnification when using extension tubes.
Great price too!
reviewer#3138 date: Jan-6-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-75/2.8
50/1.7
70-210/4
18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:Ł140 (used)
positive:Sharpness
Focus Limiter
Boken
negative:Close AF Hunts
Plastic body (although metal mount)
comment:Walked into a camera store to see what they had, and walked out with this!
Sharpness is incredible, enough said!
Focus limiter meant that I used the lens more often than my 18-70 before buying the 28-75.
AF hunts at close distances, ie < 1.5m.
Solid hood.. once you have attached it.

reviewer#2689 date: Sep-3-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:min 85 1.4, sigma 70-200ex, minolta beercan, minolta 80-200HS, sigma 100-300ex.
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Very sharp lens corner to corner.
negative:Plastic build. autofocus takes forever. colors/bokeh not quite as good as the 85 1.4
comment:
missing
reviewer#2680 date: Sep-1-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 50, 100 macros
Sigma 105, 180 (f5.6) macros
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness rivals that of the Min 100 macro
Rich, but not overblown colours
Light weight but not flimsy
negative:The bokeh doesn't quite match that from the Min 100
comment:They have to be good when after you have sold one, you eventually buy another!
If you can't afford anything else put this one on your "must have" list as there are few that can better it and then only by the smallest of margins.
reviewer#2642 date: Aug-19-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-70/2.8 EX DG, KM 24-85/3.5-4.5, KM 50/1.7, KM35-105/3.5-4.5
price paid:260 USD (used)
positive:+1:1 macro!
+Light
+Focus limiter
+Recessed front element
+Killer Bokeh
negative:-AF a little flaky
comment:I wanted a 1:1 macro lens so I found myself a Tamron 90 macro on the used market for a reasonable price. For macro, it certainly delivers, with 1:1 magnification (a 24mm field of view on aps-c)

My A100 had trouble accurately focusing with this lens, though after firmware 1.04 this problem seems to be fixed. An a700 has no problem with focusing. Wide open, sharpness is excellent with the corners being very slightly soft. Sharpness is perfect at f4, and is better than any other lens I have.

The AF/MF switch is loose, and manual focusing is a little stiff and uneven. Points off on build for this.

Bokeh is superb on this lens, very smooth, and the best I've seen among my lenses. Overall optically an excellent lens, though some build quirks on mine.
reviewer#2532 date: Jul-10-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50mm 1.7, 28-75mm 2.8 D,
price paid:
missing
positive:Everything
negative:Nothing
comment:One of the best lenses I own, but I don't own any "G" glass. I own quite a few lenses, most of them decent and this is one of my favorites despite being a little long on digital in tight spaces. Sharp, great color, bokeh, depth and sturdy feel and hefty weight considering it's plastic. I think the extra you pay for the DI is mostly hype. Got it used and in mint condition with sparkling glass. I hear some complain about a "quirky hood" but I don't see it as to me they are all quirky. You gotta get this lens and it's cheaper than some of the competitive models.
reviewer#2355 date: May-25-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:Free with camera
positive:Incredibly sharp
Light
Good colour and bokeh
Disengaging focus ring
negative:Shiny grey plastic
comment:I got this lens free with my 7D - the seller described it as a "cheap Tamron lens", and with the plasticky finish I initially dismissed it. But this is a wonderful macro lens - the sharpness and colour are outstanding, and the sliding focus ring is neat. The AF is a bit noisy, but that may just be my example, and it works well with extension tubes.
reviewer#2288 date: May-9-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 135 2.8
Sigma 70-300 APO DG
Minolta 70-210 F4 Beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:Very very sharp
Deeply recessed glass
Focus limiter
negative:Quirky hood
comment:This lens is extremely sharp! On some pictures, the subject is sooo sharp that the picture looks 3D. Using it as a macro came so easily. Manual focusing is smooth and the macro shots are very sharp. Color rendition is excellent.

Only thing is the hood. It's a little tricky to screw on properly so I sometimes just leave it off. With the deeply recessed glass, flare is already guarded against.
reviewer#2247 date: May-2-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:tamron 70-300 1:2 - the 90mm SP is superior in every way for macro. The 70-300 is an okay lens for its type. Somewhat unfair comparison, but I used the 70-300 for macro work before I purchased the 90mm.
price paid:99GBP (as new)
positive:Fantastically sharp even at F2.8, lovely colour rendition.
negative:Not much, really. At 1:1 on the 7D the onboard flash isn't high enough so the lens shadows the bottom third of the image. Not really a lens negative though, just a fact.
comment:My favourite lens - it stays on my camera unless I can find a reason to take it off (e.g. I need a wide-angle for landscapes!). It makes me want to find a way to use it for all the photos I take. Enough said? ;)
reviewer#1786 date: Feb-7-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
Sig 70-300 Apo Macro SuperII
Min 50mm1.7 RS
price paid:125GBP(S/H)
positive:Sharpest lens I own - anything above f2.8 probably outresolves a 6MP sensor.Lightweight and deceptively robust build - seems to be plenty metal under the big plastic focus ring - or maybe it's a hyperdense resin!
negative:Can't think of any at this price
comment:Bought from Walters UK C/W hood (seldom use this as the front element is so deeply recessed)
Great for portraits -ultra close indoors (I don't have much space to work in!) and simply superb outdoors.
Also takes fine landscapes, and, ehhh.......macros!
Haven't tried it with extension tubes yet, but even at 1:1 it takes the use of a flash (onboard,with diffusing screen) to counteract (my) hand tremor.
With it's beautiful and naturally saturated rendering of colours and OOF areas I can recommend this as great 135mm film substitute for APS-C cameras. Certainly shows up what's lacking in most zooms.
reviewer#1761 date: Feb-7-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta/Sony 100mm Macro
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap
Sharp!
negative:Not Di, but Di is half marketing anyway.
comment:Nice lens that can be had for way less than the Minolta 100mm Macro, with only the smallest difference in quality. Interesting approach with the focus ring that you click to get it to do MF (otherwise it rotates freely, but not too freely.
reviewer#1636 date: Jan-12-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 105mm EX DG
Minolta 100mm macro original
price paid:Ł130 used (eBay)
positive:-Light
-Well built
-Optical performance
-Value
-Deep recessed front element
negative:-Shiny plastic
comment:I first reviewed this back in May and I only like it more as time goes by!
Since then I bought a Sigma 105mm EX DG, but I ended up keeping the Tamron - I prefer the colour balance, perhaps slightly better bokeh. I guess I can't really put my finger on it but I just like the 'look' of the Tamron images better. It's also a bit shorter, still a little long for APS-C but I've got used to it.

Performance wise, this lens is superb. Even at f2.8 images are sharp though I normally work at f8-16 for extra DOF. AF is slow, but most macros are so I use manual focus, which is easy as the lens is very bright.

When I first got it I was disappointed by the all plastic build and the lightness made it feel cheap.
In time, I've come to appreciate the light weight - so easy to handle. Even at full extension it exerts little torque on the tripod head so it's easy to keep steady at all angles.

The build is also very sturdy, as durable as any other lens I have.

Mine didn't come with a hood but this doesn't matter - the front element is deeply recessed and I rarely encounter flare or ghosting.

Edit: this lens has also seen off the Minolta 100mm macro (original). While the Minolta performs slightly better and is much better built (metal!) it didn't justify the extra cash.

Tamron 2 - 0 Rivals

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reviews found: 28   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 28
  • sharpness: 4.96
  • color: 4.86
  • build: 3.93
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.82
  • overall: 4.71

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