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

reviewer#5209 date: Apr-10-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/2.8 macro
Minolta 100/2.8 macro
price paid:$569 USD after rebate
positive:Light weight for a
long-range macro.
Very sharp
Nice colors
Nice bokeh
negative:None for me
comment:I finally purchased this long macro after thinking about it for a few months. My conclusion is this: It's a beautifully performing lens and I think easily matches my 50 and 100mm Minolta macros. The price was right...the next day prices went up $70. Still a bargain. If you cannot find or afford the Minolta 200 f4 macro (I couldn't) then I think this is the way to go.

The build quality is excellent IMHO. No complaints here either. However the lack of a focus-limiter bothers some people but I find I don't miss it too much. I prefer to manually focus macro pictures, and macro photography is why I purchased this lens. Highly recommended.

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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