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

reviewer#6311 date: Nov-2-2009
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:sigma 30mm 1.4
km 135/2.8
price paid:gift
positive:fantastic value.
reaonable bokeh
negative:recessed front element.
quite long.
comment:if your camera has locked focus, then it tracks reasonablly, since there's not too much glass for the af screw to move around. if it's hunting, then you'll probably miss an action shot.

it's quite a long lens, and it extends a lot, but such is expected of a macro focussing at short distances. if there was a way to make it much smaller, i'd use it much more often.

bokeh is of good, but not exceptional quality. it seems a bit schizophrenic on the bokeh front, but smooth on the whole. i'd definitely recommend it for those on a budget, but my km 85/1.4 is preferred over it.

excellent bang for buck. if you want to choose a different macro lens, it just won't be worth the extra money, unless you are getting something very special like the voigtlander apo-lanthars.

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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