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

reviewer#11735 date: Mar-19-2014
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:Tamron 17-50 F/2.8
Sony 35 F/1.8
Sigma 70-300 OS
Sigma 17-70
price paid:340€
Silent AF
Good working distance at 1:1
Quite small
Doesn't extend when focusing
Direct focus override
Nice bokeh
Good contrast
Works great as a portrait lens
negative:Focus ring is a bit stiff and as some play
Not actually F/2.0 when focusing closely
Some exposure problems when stopping down
comment:This is a fantastic lens!

This is the sharpest lens I've used. And this is the quietest lest I've ever used too - significantly quieter than the Sigma 17-70. Coupled with the smooth AF, it makes a great lens for video.
The lens is made of plastic, but this is ok in my opinion, as it probably help to keep the weight low.

I'm having two problems with that lens though:

* I had to adjust the AF by +10 on my A77 to get sharp results. This would have been a deal breaker with a camera with no AF adjustment

* The shots tend to be overexposed when stopping down. I guess this is related to the lens not actually be F/2.0 when focussing closely, even though the camera think it is, thus messing up the exposure computation.

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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