Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 Di Macro A-mount lens review by dca1213

reviewer#7912 date: Sep-1-2010
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:Sigma 50mm EX DG Macro
price paid:$450 USD NEW
positive:Very sharp, razor sharp beyond f4
negative:none, well maybe the sack, hard to get the lens in and out without extending the tube, and the AF/mf SWITCH.
comment:Unlike the previous reviewer I have found this lens to be as sharp and functional as any lens I have ever used in the last 35 years. Extremly sharp even wide open and tack sharp fromn f4 to f11. This is a wonderful lens for macro and portrait work. I would recommend it to anyone.

When compared to the Sigma sharpness is about equal, the Sigma is a very sharp well built lens. I would rank this Tamrom above it only because of the focal length, 50 is just too short for many macro photography requirements.

A very good lens at a very good price. I gave the build a 4 only because I'm not too keen on the push pull MF/AF switching method. If 4.5 was available that is what I would have ranked it at.

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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