Tamron SP AF 60mm F2 Di II LD (IF) A-mount lens review by william9

reviewer#10795 date: Dec-22-2012
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:
price paid:$425 USD (new)
positive:very sharp
internal focusing
matches well with 1.4x teleconverter (see below) to become 84mm f2.8 macro
6-year warranty
comment:I love this lens for both macro work (especially flowers) and portrait. One thing to add to other reviews is that I’ve found the Kenko MC4 GDX 1.4x teleconverter to be perfectly matched to this lens – meaning I get a 84mm f2.8 macro as well as the 60mm f2.0 macro with great resolution. Thus I don’t have to choose between having a 60mm and a 85mm lens – I have both. And the 84mm macro gives me better than 1:1 magnification. The combo cost me $573 ($424 for lens, $149 for teleconverter), after the $100 rebate for the Tamron.

Below are some links to see photos of a spider using the tamron 60mm with and without the 1.4x teleconverter. The spider was about 20” away – I couldn’t get closer as it was outside my window that has security bars. The first is the 60mm lens alone, the second has the 1.4x attached.

Next are two crops: 1st the 60mm (600x900 pixels); 2nd the 84mm (900x1350 picels)

Next are two even-closer crops: 1st the 60mm (233x350 picels); 2nd the 84mm (333x500 pixels)

One more advantage with the 1.4x is you can get better than 1:1 macro.

I hope you find this 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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