Tamron SP AF 180mm F3.5 Di LD IF A-mount lens review by rsf3127
|rsf3127#11401 date: Oct-23-2013|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 90mm DI macro|
Tamron 70-300mm DI USD
Sony 135mm 1.8f
|price paid:||430 USD (used mint)|
|positive:||tack sharp for macro|
Bokeh buttery smooth
|negative:||AF not practical|
Cannot be used as a tele prime, but this is not a negative since it is not intended to do that.
|comment:||This lens is as sharp as the 90mm which I also own, and that is to say it is VERY sharp. Like its little brother, the AF hunts a lot, but the smaller one has a focus limit button, which the big guy lacks. So it will go back and forth a thousand precious seconds until it locks focus and your subject is already gone scared by the noise of the focus engine (not ultrasonic). So it is in fact a manual focus lens. This is not a problem since most modern Sony bodies have focus peaking and the focus ring is wide and well dampened. Manual focus is a breeze. Focus stacking is also very easy. I find the best combination is with my NEX-7, the LE-EA1, and my tripod. I set the shutter to front curtain and that is it. The good thing about the long focal length is that shy creatures are not disturbed.|
Don't try to use it as a tele. Focused at infinity, it is awfully soft and shows off lots of CA.