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

reviewer#9881 date: Feb-4-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 150 macro Canon fit
price paid:£475
positive:Nicely built
Good image quality
Not too heavy
negative:No limiter
Fiddly manual focus on Sony
comment:I have been using this lens extensively now and have to say I am very impressed with it!

. Compared to a Sigma 150 macro i used when I was on the dark side ( Canon) I find it quite similar. The weight and reach are not that different although the Tamron hood is huge.

The autofocus is not as bad as some make out. I think if you have used a variety of macro lenses than you soon realise that "they all do that sir" is true. The manual focus is excellent its just a shame its a two stage clunky affair on a Sony.

Optically is is very sharp even when wide open. and the bokeh is superb

Due to the length and weight I prefer to use it on a monopod as opposed to hand held.

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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