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

reviewer#11842 date: May-22-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Sony DT 35 F1.8
Soligor 100 F3.2
price paid:280 EUR used mint
positive:Sharpness
Versatility - portrait and macro
Bokeh
negative:Slow AF, sometimes hunts through full range
For 1:1 macro - very low distance to subject, insects usually fly away
Some CA, easily fixed in post.
comment:It's a perfect portrait/macro lens for limited budget. Perfect for both tasks, maybe a bit more suited for portrait work as for 1:1 macro a very close distance to subject is needed.
AF is leisurely, sometimes it hunts back and forth through the full zoom range, so it can be annoying. When it locks though, it's perfect.
Macro work is best done with manual focus anyway and for portraiture the AF is usually OK.
The motor in the lens is quiet, much better than the SAM drive in Sony lenses.
Sharp wide open, tack sharp at F4.
Bokeh is delicious.
If it wasn't obvious yet, I love this lens. Since I own it, my Sony 35 F1.8 is much less used - to the point of considering selling it.

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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