Tamron SP AF 180mm F3.5 Di LD IF A-mount lens review by op1318

reviewer#24478 date: Jan-25-2016
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:Tamron 90 Macro f:2.8
price paid:700 EUROS (new)
positive:• Sharpness
• Size and weight (very subjective)
• Colors
• Bokeh
negative:Subject to chromatic aberrations in extreme conditions
comment:This is my main macro lens and I love it! I use the 90mm when travelling because it is much more compact and lightweight but when size and weight are not an issue, I much prefer the 180mm (distance to subject, focal, bokeh…). This is a sharp lens. The 90mm may be just a bit sharper though. AF is quite unusable (slow and hunting) but that is not relevant for a macro lens. The lens produces exactly the images I am looking for. The colors are beautiful and the bokeh is amazing. I find that most of my pictures with this lens have been taken between f:5.6 and f:6.3. I suspect this is where the balance between sharpness, depth of field and bokeh pleases me the most. I have been using it for almost 9 years now and hope it will last forever. I mainly use it with an A77 now (because of the APS-C crop factor + focus peaking).

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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