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

reviewer#40957 date: Nov-1-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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:Minolta 100/2.8 Macro D
price paid:420 USD used
Light weight
Working distance
negative:Screw drive AF - slow and noisy
No focus limiter
CA in high contrast situations
Appears to have same lens ID as my Minolta 100/2.8 D
comment:Lack of focus limiter would be a problem for some, but the in camera limiter on my A99 II negates this problem. Easy to use in MF with focus peaking.
Using it on my old A900 without these features is a completely different story.

Lots of plastic, but that's why it's so light. Hand holdable if necessary, but best on a tripod, and it comes with a nice tripod mount.
Lots of purple CA in bright highlights from dew drops, etc., but pretty easy to correct in post.
Super thin DOF. Not going to be shooting wide open very often, but when you do it's plenty sharp enough if you nail focus.
Nice colors, contrast, and bokeh.

Required a massive +16 micro AF adjustment on my A99 II.
And when I did this adjustment I noted that both A99 II and A900 still had adjustments I had entered for my Minolta 100/2.8 D. It appears to share the same lens ID with the Minolta, and I'm sure the Sony. This could be problematic with the SSS as this requires accurate FL for optimal performance. Easy enough to manually enter this on the A99 II but not on the A900.

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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