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

reviewer#7951 date: Sep-7-2010
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
Sony 70-300G
price paid:
negative:no focus limiter
comment:The only faults are the focus hunting and lack of a focus limiter.

This isn't a real issue for macro work as manual focus is preferred.

This is an excellent macro lens and very useful for isolating subjects from their background and for shy insects, etc.

It is also a wonderful portrait lens for that tightly cropped look.

I wanted one for years and am now very pleased to have one.

Works beautifully on my A700 and A900 producing lovely images. It can easily apparently miss-focus at the widest aperture, however this is a depth of field/handling issue not a quality one. Not a lens for the inexperienced.

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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