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

reviewer#7791 date: Aug-7-2010
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:
price paid:260 GBP (used)
positive:The sharpness
Value for money
Focus limiter
Manual focus is easy
No CA issues (except with 2x TC)
negative:Requires a two steps to use manual focus
comment:I love this lens and is probably my most used lens out of the 14 lenses I own. Slow focus is to be expected as it is a macro lens, although I generally manually focus my macro shots.

However word of warning: it appears that I managed to damage the internal mechanism by accidentally using autofocus whilst the lens was set to manual and holding the focus ring. After a disturbing grinding noise the aperture mechanism failed.

I got it fixed by intro 2020 and has been working fine ever since.

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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