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

reviewer#8083 date: Oct-12-2010
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3
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:Sigma 90mm Macro.
price paid:$190
positive:Cheap, that's about it.
negative:It is noisy, it takes forever to focus, hunting up and down all the time, it has no limiter to help stop this. Very "plasticky" in its build, very hard to get a good shot.
comment:This lens is very frustrating, it is a real battle to get a shot, and most of the time when you do it is very soft. I bought it because of good reviews on here, even though several photographer friends told me it had a bad reputation. I battled with it for three months, then bought a Sigma 90mm Macro which is a dream by comparison. I have mine up for sale at the moment, but there is no interest in it.

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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