Tamron SP AF 180mm F3.5 Di LD IF A-mount lens review by momech
|momech#40957 date: Nov-1-2017|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 100/2.8 Macro D|
|price paid:||420 USD used|
|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.