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

reviewer#8811 date: Mar-20-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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:CZ 24-70 2.8
100 2.8 nikon macro
70-200 2.8 apo hs
18-70 kit lens
35-105 RS
price paid:429 CDN (new)
positive:Easy to read labels and focus display
Smooth and sturdy focus ring
Very nice out of focus areas
negative:Pointless push/pull af/manual ring
comment:It is, like other macro lenses, a solid bet. There isn't really a bad macro lens out there from the major makers.

The push/pull af/m focus ring is pointless from what I can tell, it doesn't disengage the autofocus unless you turn it off on the camera body.

The surprise to me was how good the out of focus is for portraiture. It is an equal to my 70-200 G for sharpness (sharper at 2.8) and bokeh, and with the focus limiter, it is fast enough to focus. It is not on par with any of CZ lenses, especially on the A900.

I got this for studio work where I need to get closer than the CZ 24-70 can (0.25x), and to see if I could reduce some weight for some portrait jobs.

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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