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

reviewer#2038 date: Mar-25-2007
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100/2.8 D
Sigma 105/2.8 EX DG
price paid:
positive:One fine lens. Excellent manual focus ring.
negative:A bit of a plastic feeling. The focusing ring with the attached gearing brings the AF gearing/motor? in the camera pretty much up to turns when focusing manually.
comment:Used more often then the Minolta 100/2.8. It usually wins when packing the bag. This is due to the its quality being equal to the Minolta while, after you've packed the cam, big tripod, quick release plates, spare batteries, wire release, flash with spare batteries, other lenses and ... the difference in weight/size between the Minolta and the Tammy is not as big anymore as it seemed to be when starting to pack. The tripod collar is a big plus compared to the shorter macros, it balances the camera/lens much better on the tripod. In terms of IQ there's no winner between the two, both are excellent.

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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