Tamron SP AF 60mm F2 Di II LD (IF) A-mount lens review by Snowcat

reviewer#10784 date: Dec-14-2012
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 105 EX Macro
Sigma 50 AF Macro
Olympus 35/3.5 Macro
price paid:500 USD
positive:Insanely Sharp
Nice Bokeh
Fully usable wide open
Fully internal focusing
Full-time manual focus override
Silent AF
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 28
  • sharpness: 4.89
  • color: 4.89
  • build: 4.32
  • distortion: 4.86
  • flare control: 4.89
  • overall: 4.77
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