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

reviewer#4761 date: Jan-29-2009
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 90mm f/2.8 macro
price paid:615 USD (new)
positive:- Working distance
- Internal focusing design
- Tripod collar
negative:- Lack of focus limiter
comment:IAfter using this lens for more than a year, I am still in love with it. I recently paired it with a Metz 15 MS-1 and even tried it with a 1.4X TC for higher magnification. I no longer consider the lack of a focus limiter a negative since I always use manual focus with this lens (or just focus to 1:1 and then make the final adjustments with my feet). The entire rig is heavy, I would recommend using a shoulder (i.e. blackrapid) type strap instead of a neck strap. Then, the weight becomes a non-issue.

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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