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

reviewer#6489 date: Nov-30-2009
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:Tamron 24-135
Tamron 70-300
CA 16-80 (@80)
price paid:340 GBP (new)
Did I say sharp?
No distortion
negative:Ugly :p
comment:Can't add much to previous reviews!

The lens is amazingly sharp, as it should be, colours are very good, there is of course no distortion, and with that deep recessed front element AND a lens hood there is no flare. Good bokeh is a nice bonus.

I think that compared to its "main rivals" - the Sigma 105 and the Sony 100 - its price advantage is big enough that any slight difference in IQ is negligable. Having said that I have not used either of these lenses; just that the pics I get with the Tamron are so good, it's hard to imagine anything being that much better.

Mechanically, the sliding focus ring, allowing manual and autofocus at the same time works really well.

As to slight downsides, its plasticky built - but it still feels strong enough to last a long time.
It won't win a beauty competition either, but that's not what matters is it :)?

Finally, its 90mm focal length means it also functions really well as a medium tele lens, especially for portraits; and the aperture of 2.8 makes it fairly useful in low light too. Although I haven't tried it, it should be a good lens for star photography too.

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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