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

reviewer#210 date: Nov-10-2005
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sig 50 + 105 macro. Nikkor 55 micro. Minolta 50/2.8 & 3.5 macro
price paid:
positive:sharpest macro lens I've ever used
negative:build, I've been tough in the rating
comment:Stunning optically

MF/AF push-pull is not good. Tough to get it in/out of a small bag without moving the ring/clutch

limiter is good.

AF is woeful. But all macros are slow.

Build - not that you are going to break it, its just not solid. It is very plastic.

For the optics alone I would take the Tam 90 over any other 90/100/105 macro lens. Shame about the build.

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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