Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 Di Macro A-mount lens review by megrim

reviewer#14229 date: Apr-21-2015
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 SP 28-75mm
Tamron SP 17-50mm
Sony DT 50mm F1.8
price paid:200 Euro- SecondHand
positive:- Sharp
- Focusses Fast in Limited Mode
- Limited Mode Switch [not common on every macro lens!]
- Well Build
- Loong focusing throw
- Wide focusing Ring
- Smooth Manual Focus
- Great Value for Price
negative:- Watch out for busy background bokeh wise
- In Body Focusing. Yes it works on older film cameras but it also is louder. And on the Sony models no decoupling.
- A big long and it does extends while focusing closer.

comment:Its bokeh can be busy if the background is challenging. During Macro situations you probably won't notice this. But if you shoot a portrait make sure the background won't cause busy bokeh. Average on that point but here is the trick on the right situation the bokey is lovely. For portraits I suggest another lens.

But it is sharp, so sharp even at F2.8 it is usable sharp. Compared to for instance the Tamron SP 28-75mm F2.8 which really can use the boost to F4.0. Or the 17-50mm F2.8 from Tamron that at 50mm really NEEDS F4.0. This lens is just sharp!

Compared to the Sony DT 50mm F1.8 again it is sharp enough wide open. Where the Sony really could use around F2.8 to begin to shine. Maybe even F4.0!

Now the big point it is a Macro lens. How good is it at doing its job as Macro lens? It is doing a great job at it, it is sharp, the focussing is smooth, the image quality it gives you is great. If you try it out on a coin you can make just awesome pictures. With deep ridges where the sculpting or lettering has happened. It is all there and flat like it should. Sharp in center and in the corners!

Of course flowers and small critters are most lovely photographed with them to. But also for daily use it works fine. Again it is a sharp lens and its bokeh is average. I wouldn't suggest it for portraits!

I can't fault it much. Well maybe it if has internal focussing, that was silent, and had a declutch system, But then again such would ramp the price and one of the great things about this lens is that even new it has a really good price.

It is cheap enough has great glass might have a few improvements it lacks that a more expensive first brand lens might come with.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 109
  • sharpness: 4.92
  • color: 4.76
  • build: 4.08
  • distortion: 4.79
  • flare control: 4.71
  • overall: 4.65
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