Tamron SP AF 60mm F2 Di II LD (IF) A-mount lens review by Snowcat
|Snowcat#10784 date: Dec-14-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma 105 EX Macro|
Sigma 50 AF Macro
Olympus 35/3.5 Macro
|price paid:||500 USD|
Fully usable wide open
Fully internal focusing
Full-time manual focus override
|negative:||No focus limit switch|
|comment:||Recently I've bought a Tamron 60/2 Macro lens.|
I must say I am very impressed with it! It's small and lightweight, the IQ is great - insanely sharp but not harsh, perfectly usable wide open (2.0), great bokeh.
The AF is not that fast, but not slow either. Tamron dos not claim it has USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), but it behave exactly like 70-300 USD, which I also own. Full-time manual override is GREAT for macro shots, very convenient.
The main feature of this lens for me (after f=2.0 of course!) is that it does not change it's size when focusing at 1:1 macro shots. As i know it is the only one macro lens that does not change it's size when close to 1:1. Because of this actual distance from subject to the front element is the same as Sigma 105 has. And as the lens itself alot (!) shorter then fully extended Sigma 105, even 1:1 macros can be illuminated with a built-in flash. I find this to be very useful.