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

reviewer#11544 date: Dec-15-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Tamron 90 2.8 Macro, 60 2.0 Macro , Tam 300 2.8 , Sigma 50-500 OS , Tam 200-500 , Tamron 70-210 2.8 (focus lock version), Tokina AT-X Pro 80-210 2.8 ,Minolta 500 f8 Reflex, Minolta 28-135 and several short focal Primes and Zooms.
price paid:400.00 Used
positive:Very Sharp , Excellent Build Quality , Useful slide switch collar to MF , Nice rotating Ring for filter on the end, sturdy Tripod foot. Great Bokah , Easy stop down for DOF Macro, Extended Critter to Lens range. See Comments for Niche .
negative:I no longer have any Gripes with the Focus speed :) , See Comments. Hood is very long and now use a Tiffin collapsible rubber hood , Serves as Bumper and now sits flat with Battery grip installed.
comment:If you are Lucky enough to have an A Full Frame 99 Alpha Body and this Lens you are in for a real Treat the 99 has an onboard focus limiter and it works Stellar I mean Stellar !! No more hunting or Missed focus delay , I have been able to do MFD Macro as well as Telephoto work all AF now !! , The 180 Works well with Kenko DGX 1.4 Teleconverter with no focus problems , Also still maintains AF with Lock with the Tamron 2X SP Teleconverter ?!! Bonus this particular Tamron 180 3.5 works with the AF-D focus feature on the 99 :) an Excellent feature combination between this and the Limiter this lens is off the Charts now. I was about to sell it and buy the 150 2.8 Sigma after using it on the A77 then Got the 99 and WOW. This Lens was Made for the 99.

rating summary

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  • 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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