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

reviewer#974 date: Jul-3-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
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:Tokina 17mm f/3.5 ATX Pro
28/2, 24/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Incredible image quality, 1:1 macro
negative:Dosent handle extreme conditions well, poor autofocus
comment:I have the non-di version, Superb image quality, best of any lens I've used. Clarity, color, sharpness, when the conditions are right this lens just 'pops' like no other.

Flare can be very bad, night street scenes are not even possible with this lens because the whole scene washes out badly. Sometimes a problem indoors with a window in the scene, etc. I've only seen purple fringing once or twice with a backlit scene, but it was very bad. Glad this is a rare occurance.

Autofocus is fast at standard ranges, I use manual focus for macro. In some conditions autofocus is unusable, it hunts and fails to lock on (usually indoors, combination of low-light and close ranges?).

When used for macro I have not seen these issues (except for occasional overexposure), very good performance here. Works great from wide open.

List of lens versions here: http://home.comcast.net/~tmoreau2/dyxum_90mm.htm

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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