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

reviewer#23452 date: Dec-21-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Allows further distances than shorter focal lengths which is a plus with both macro and portraits.
price paid:
positive:This lens is definitely sharp and is an incredibly good portrait lens- produces very nice images. I'm in awe of the portraits it produces when used on my full frame Sony A7II (with LAEA4 adapter.)
negative:Slow AF as most have mentioned, especially evident when using as a macro lens......as a portrait lens it focuses well and should suit most users. It's a bit large especially with lens hood but at 180mm it's optics just dictate this large size as it's a FF lens.
comment:This lens is a winner. As most have stated it's sharp, contrasty and does exceptionally well.....it's rather unique focal length makes it a rarely sought lens....use this to your advantage and scour eBay for a clean used one....even at new sub $700 price points it's worthy of purchasing it new!

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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