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

reviewer#6661 date: Jan-1-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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:pentacon 135mm
Kon minolta 17 - 35 D
zeiss panolar35/50mm
Takumar 55mm
Sony SAM 50 f1.8
price paid:Ł330.00 (New)
negative:nothing important
comment:I purchased this on the strength of the reviews it has recieved - I have not been dissapointed.
Some call into question the build quality - all I can say is as far as I am concerned it is fine - at this pricepoint.
This lens is beautifully sharp, great colour/contrast, easy to use and live with. AF fine on my A700 - a little long winded but it is a macro! there is a lot of travel to wind in/out!!
I prefer to think of it as a 90mm prime with macro capabilities - a VERY useful lens, great for portraits - I use mine for street shots - always in my bag or on the camera.
Lightweight, well priced, user friendly and very good at what it does, if you are considering such a lens, this will serve you well - recommended.

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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