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

reviewer#11198 date: Jun-18-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:Minolta 50 F2.8 Macro
Minolta 50 F1.4
Zeiss Tessar 45 F2.8
price paid:200€ (used)
positive:Sharp
F2
Internal focusing
Bokeh
Object distance at 1:1
negative:Plastic build
Auto focus can hunt
comment:The lens is light, sharp, has a beautiful bokeh and doubles as a good walk around optics.

Compared with the old and cheaper Minolta 50 F2.8 Macro, the Tamron is similarly sharp but shows less contrast and I prefer the slightly more vibrant Minolta colours. Auto focus of both lenses is comparable but the Minolta hunts much less.

If it wasn't for the bokeh and portrait capabilities I would drop the Tamron and keep the Minolta.

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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