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

reviewer#5814 date: Aug-5-2009
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:
price paid:$400 USD
positive:-sharpness even at 2.8
-color and contrast
-doubles as a decent portrait lens
negative:-flimsy hood
-wish the focus ring was dampened
-recessed front element hard to clean
-CA wide open
comment:I love this lens - macro photography opens up a whole new world of possibilities. This lens has beautiful bokeh with brilliant color and contrast.

The manual focus ring is fine but it would be even better with a bit of dampening. The only negatives for me are the flimsy hood and the deep recessed front element that is hard to get at too clean.

I got this lens used thanks to forum member "Entropy", who's review is also below.

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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