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

reviewer#7910 date: Aug-31-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron AF 60 F2 Di II
price paid:
positive:Almost nothing, except AF is quick.
negative:Very noisy when AF.
AF/MF toggling is not convenient.
Poor color especially when backlighting.
Not sharp enough even at F5.6.
Big out-focus when AF at macro.
Not useful focal length on APS-C
comment:Generally, it's not a good lens in comparison with its popularity.
Especially, when I use this lens with Tamron 60 F2 together, I found the 60/2 is much better in color and sharpness and almost everything else.
It's 1/3 cheaper than 60/2 but I don't think it's a worth lens after all.

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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