Tamron SP AF 180mm F3.5 Di LD IF A-mount lens review by lmt

reviewer#10552 date: Oct-2-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 200mm HS APO
MInolta 100-400mm APO
price paid:
positive:Extremely sharp wide opened
ADI compatible which may be helpful when using with Sony/Sigma macro flashes.
Color/bokeh... and everything you want to check
negative:No focusing limit
not fast auto focusing
comment:Extremely sharp at wide opened. The same WOW affect when I use 200mm APO HS. At f3.5, the bokeh of this lens is a little bt smoother than Min apo 200mm APO (due to the polygon shaped of highlight bokeh on Min 200 APO HS)
Not fast focus when using it as a portrait lens. It's extremely sharp. I wish this lens has a focusing limit.
I do not want to pay more than $2500 for the Minolta APO 200 F4 Macro. grab this lens instead!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 38
  • sharpness: 4.78
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.29
  • distortion: 4.74
  • flare control: 4.42
  • overall: 4.58
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