Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 Di Macro A-mount lens review by Bill73

reviewer#7559 date: Jun-13-2010
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:Other marco lenses I have used and owned over the years
SIgma 105
Hanimex 100
sony 100
sony 50
earlier iterations of Tamron 90
price paid:
positive:Uber sharp!
Nice hood - even though redundant
Recessed front element
Wonderful manual focus
Did I mention price!?

negative:Auto focus can be painful (but thankfully has a limit switch and that improves things immensely)
comment:Without a doubt one of the sharpest macro lenses ever produced. In this focal length (no ... in all focal lengths) it is sharper than the competition - perhaps the Sony 50mm macro can compete but I doubt it. It also functions as an excellent mid level prime. I would recommend this lens to anyone and everyone - it is that good. I know some reviewers/testers have experienced CA in very limited situations with this lens but I have NEVER experienced any CA ... ever (and I have clocked-up over 2000 exposures with it!). I would never be without this lens and my only regret is the fact that I put off the purchase of it for so long.
From a price perspective - this lens embarrasses the competition.

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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