Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 Di Macro A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#4712 date: Jan-19-2009
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:Min 24-105
price paid:435 € (new)
positive:Sharp
color
lightweight
negative:Plastic feel
Slow AF - this is a macro
comment:It is the sharpest lens I own, very good color, very slight CA, sharpness stays from corner to center mostly the same, only slight differencies. Lightweight lens, cheap plastic feel. Mostly use stopped down to F5,6 but very sharp in F2,8-F16. Sharper like Min 24-105.
For the price it's a very good solution in macro.
reviewer#4550 date: Dec-14-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 used to own this lens
compared to:none
price paid:380 € new
positive:Super sharp
nice color
nice bokeh
negative:plastic outside look
comment:fine easy in the pocketlens, not heavy en very sharp!.
No protectionfilter needed, first glass very deep inside the body!
reviewer#4307 date: Nov-1-2008
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:Vivitar/Cosina AF 100mm F/3.5 MC 1:2 Macro
Minolta AF 50mm F/3.5 1:2 Macro
Minolta AF 50mm F/2.8 1:1 RS Macro
Sigma AF 105mm F/2.8 EX 1:1 Macro
Sigma AF 105mm F/2.8 EX DG 1:1 Macro
Minolta AF 100mm F/2.8 1:1 Macro
price paid:£82.00 (used)
positive:Sharpness (IQ)
Weight
Build Quality
Focus Limiter Switch
Buttery Smooth 'Bokeh'
Colour Rendition
negative:Slow AF (normal for a macro lens)
comment:This lens is so sharp you could cut yourself on the images and thus ought to have a safety warning! If only all lenses could produce such clarity and colour rendition. A real benchmark lens but not the fastest AF (it's a macro after all), but the plastic body is sturdy enough and the build quality feels and looks good and the lens hood is adequate to handle flare and stray light. I would've marked build as 4.5 if the option was available, but 4 is (IMHO) about right.

This lens replaced my Vivitar/Cosina AF 100mm F/3.5 1:2, MIN50F35 and MIN50F28RS macro lenses, so it performs as a portrait/macro and general use lens though I would love it in a 10-50mm form (if that was possible).

I couldn't be happier. A superb lens that all shooters should have as part of their permanent lens line-up or at very least have owned and/or used it as it really is that good.
reviewer#4168 date: Oct-1-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Minolta 50/3.5
Minolta 50/2.8
price paid:400 USD New
positive:Almost everything that could be positive about a lens:

-Light weight with solid build
-Sliding focus ring/collar lets you hold the lens stead while AFing from the body
-"Perfect" image quality, or very near
-Standard Tamron colors which are as good/better but still different than Minolta colors (a little more warm and not as much harsh contrast)
-Very fast AF (for a macro lens)
-Focus limiter
-f/2.8
-Di coatings and still full-frame
negative:-Slow AF in general but, I mean, so is every macro on earth
comment:It's perfect. Perfect build, perfect colors, perfect sharpness, perfect feel, perfect price, just perfect!

Sharpness is actually about 4.8 at any aperture other than f/5.6, but is a very earned 5.0 at f/5.6. AF speed is slightly faster than the Minolta 50s. Weight and build are great, just the way any lens made from high quality plastic should be made. No FF/BF issues.

Get one!
reviewer#4160 date: Sep-30-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 85mm f/1.4 G D
Pentax Takumar 50mm f/4 macro
price paid:Ł200
positive:Extremely sharp
Excellent colour and contrast
Very light and portable
Good bokeh
negative:Build not satisfying
Autofocus can be irritating
comment:Beautifully sharp and reveals every detail.
Colours are very lifelike
Circular specular highlights and smooth bokeh
Images can take all kinds of tweaking without degradation

Filter thread unreliable
Rear lens cap a bit cheap
Push/pull MF/AF complicates things
Limiter speeds up AF - a little
Revealed backfocus problem in my A100 using centre spot.

This is a very efficient and likeable macro with lifelike colours and contrast even wide open.
Too sharp for portraits unless you want to see every pore
Light build a real bonus

Highly recommended for professional quality macro pictures.
reviewer#4095 date: Sep-15-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:- Minolta 50 f1.7
- Tamron 17-50 f2.8
- Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5
- Minolta 70-210 f.4
- Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO DG
price paid:241 Euro new (+40 Euro shipping)
positive:- Very very sharp on f2.8
- Excellent handling
- Focus limit
negative:- Slow focusing
- Hunts as DOF is shallow and camera gets lost now and then (combined with slow focus...)
comment:This is an incredible lens - It produces enormous amount of detail and very sharp too. At 2.8 pictures are superbly sharp. f2.8 is decently fast for most situations and with combined with SSS 800 iso is enough in most situations. It does very good portraits and also Macro. Having in mind Sony's current line up lacking cheap 85 mm lens - Tamron has nailed it for me.

One interesting fact is that SSS seems particularly effective with this lens 1/10th of a second means you can get decent photo.

The lens comes with decent hood and pouch. I doubt the hood will be needed as the front element is deeply recessed 3-4 cm (more than an inch).

It has 55mm thread thus you can exchange filters with other lenses in Sony/Minolta line up - kit, 35-105, beercan.

Again sharpness wise none of my other lens come even close to the Tamron. Color also feels natural - maybe more Tamron than Minolta but ok.

Build is ok - metal mount. The lens has one interesting feature the focusing ring when pushed forward loosens and does not rotate while camera is focusing - quite handy as you can hold the front of the lens while focusing. The lens has focus distance and DOF indication (as seen on product photos).

The handling of the manual focus is great the lens has plenty of space and the friction of the focus ring is just right. DOF at f2.8 on 90 mm macro is also very helping in manual focus.

I own the 272E model made in Japan.
reviewer#4054 date: Sep-5-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sal 50 1,4
price paid:600 USD (new)
positive:Sharp!
Fast!
Color!
negative:-changing lens size a lot while zooming!
-A bit plastic.
comment:For that price, it's the best macro you can get!
reviewer#3994 date: Aug-23-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron AF 28-300 F3.5-6.3 LD AD IF
Sony 50mm f/1.4
Carl Zeiss DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5
price paid:280 GBP (new)
positive:Sharp!
negative:Lens front extends a lot when focusing close
Slow auto focus
comment:Very sharp images when you get the focus right, made relatively easy by the fine control of the focus ring. Trading off this, AF is slow but there is a focus limiter.

The front of the lens extends a lot as you focus closer. Given the deeply recessed front glass element, this seems unnecessary.
reviewer#3958 date: Aug-12-2008
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:AF:
Beercan
M42:
Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135/3.5
Pentacon 135/2.8 MC
Yashica Yashinon-DX 135/2.8
SMC Takumar 50/1.4 + extension tubes
price paid:3900 SEK (new)
positive:Sharp wide open.
Neutral colours with great tone.
Nice gradation in contrast.
negative:Extends quite a bit when moving in to 1:1.
comment:It is well built - the mount, focus-limit switch, MF-ring and I suspect, important parts inside is made out of metall. The rest is high quality plastic. I don't like the feel and sound of the AF-MF clutch, but it has performed flawlesly so far (one year+ and countless operations). Manual focus works fine, though it is not as smooth as my old M42s. The inner barrel has a long way to travel between macro 1:1 and infinity, the focus limiter cuts of at 0.4 meter (1:3) and is most appreciated. AF hunts between 1:1 and 1:3, I always use MF here. AF is resonably fast between 1:3 and infinity, and very precise.

I have absolutely no complaints when it comes to optical performance! It is sharp wide open (across the frame on APS-C), peaks at f5 and diffraction creeps in at f16. Contrast is improved when stepping down to f3.2 and is exellent onward. Colours are neutral wiht great tone. The bokeh is really good, some bright lines are visible, overall pleasing though. Flare is not an issue - you don't need the hood! Purple fringing and green bokeh CAs is visible in high contrast areas, but you have to provoke it.

Comparisons:
[As general purpose]
It is sharper, has better contrast and AF is faster/less noisy than the Beercan, bokeh and colour is a matter of taste. The CZJ Sonnar is a fantastic lens (well, my copy at least) and shares many of the characteristics of the Tamron. The bokeh of the Sonnar is better and allmost perfect. The Pentacon is not as sharp and has warmer colours. The Yashinon is not as sharp and has cold, slightly dull colours plus less than perfect flare control.
[Macro]
The SMC Tak is also an impressive lens, and performs well with extension tubes - but you are limited to one magnification at a time.
The versatility of macro 1:1<->infinity in a heartbeat is indeed very nice!

Conclusion:
This lens continues to amaze me!
reviewer#3902 date: Jul-30-2008
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:* minolta 50mm f/1.7
* tamron 17-50 f/2.8
price paid:400 USD (NEW)
positive:+ super sharp, even at f/2.8
+ reasonably priced!
negative:- none
comment:i've had this lens for 4mths now. tho i'm not such a macro man, i find that i really like this lens. i mainly use it for portraitures. it captures super sharp images even at f/2.8. it's got nice creamy bokeh and all for a very reasonable price.

the build quality is nice and it's quite light, which is good. but it's a little slow on focusing when compared to a non-macro lens; which is not such a good comparison to begin with. but, so that you know.

in short, this is a fine lens. it's cheap and super sharp. what more can a man ask for :-)
reviewer#3630 date: May-26-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:380 USD (new)
positive:Sharp
Light weight
negative:
missing
comment:Great macro lens. Since beginning to use it, I've never regretted this purchase. This is a high quality lens that delivers good results. The colors rendered by this lens are a bit more neutral than my Minolta glass, but I'm still pleased with the photos I get.
reviewer#3597 date: May-15-2008
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:I do not have another dedicated macro lens so it’s not fair to compare it with my other lenses!

price paid:400 euro(new)
positive:Extreemly sharp
Easy to handle
Versatile lens
Lightweight

negative:None
comment:I strongly recommend this lens it’s a wonderful performer for macro and portraits the image quality is outstanding!!!
reviewer#3455 date: Apr-12-2008
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:
missing
price paid:210 GBP (new)
positive:Sharp
Bokeh
negative:Slow AF
comment:Very sharp lens with nice bokeh. I use it as portrait lens as well and it gives good results.

Good value for money.
reviewer#3248 date: Feb-10-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:Sony 50mm Macro
price paid:Rented
positive:Sharp
No barrel or pincushion distortion.
very good color and contrast
negative:Lens is long, cannot use onboard flash for very close up work.
comment:A-Mount Macro aficionado's will probably want to consider this lens for addition to thier kit. I find this lens falls smack dab in between the Sony 50mm 2.8, and Sony 100mm 2.8 in terms of performance and cost, all 3 being superior lenses in optical quality. In use, I found the focal length just a bit more sensitive to high frequency vibration that a smaller focal length macro lens. For me, I like ultra sharp macro shots. I prefer not to have to use a tripod if I don't have too, but I will if need be and in some instances I prefer it. I'll note that you will have to pay more attention using this focal length when it comes to the sharpness department than say, a 50mm Macro. This is a natural progression to longer focal lengths so just be forewarned.

For walkaround, this lens should mostly please even the pickiest of macro shooters. I found it to be a pleasant lens to use, and the more I used it the more it grew on me (isn't that true of well engineered designs?). I like the image quality quite a bit and the bokeh is really nice. I found that I liked the bokeh of the 50mm 2.8 a bit better though overall. The minimum focus distance is nice too, and I find it a nice medium between the 100mm 2.8 and 50mm 2.8. If you want to get close to subjects you can, and if they are easily frightened you can still keep your distance enough to get good close ups without frightening them off thus, making your shot. One of the better benefits of a longer focal length worth noting over the shorter focals.

The Tamron 90mm macro has certainly earned its reputation and our hands on results confirm this. Considering you can get this lens for about $450.00 dollars now, it seems a real bargain when compared to the more expensive Sony 100mm 2.8, but it will cost a bit more than the Sony 50mm 2.8 on the street. Overall, you gain more relief area from your subject with its 90mm focal length at a cost of a bit more movement of your subject on the sensor without really sacrificing image quality at a lower comparable cost over the 100mm 2.8.

-Carl
www.alphamountworld.com
reviewer#3172 date: Jan-12-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 DG APO Macro
Sony 135 STF
Sony 70-200G 2.8
price paid:€349 (new)
positive:Very, very sharp
Nice bokeh and colors
Nice build quality, feels very solid
Manual Focus ring works very nice
Price
AF is actually quite fast when limiter is used
Nice limiter switch
negative:AF/MF switch mechanism
Af-speed unusable on A100 (not so on A850)
comment:I like all three lenses I own, but this is the only one I don't think about with what I want to replace it with. Two things amazed me about this lens, the sharpness and the AF speed. Compared to my other two lenses it is much sharper and when you set the AF to limit it actually focuses a lot faster than both, and it hunts less. For macro I often prefer MF, and the MF ring is large and feels very nice. MF works very well in my opinion.

The push/pull mechanism for AF/MF switch is nice if you don't want the focus ring to rotate when using AF. But if you don't like it you don't have to use it, AF also works when the ring is in MF position. I like the limit switch, you can operate it easily with your thumb when holding the lens. Much better than the switch on my Sigma 70-300. Overall the lens feels far more solid than the other two I own.

Image quality is very good, very sharp and nice colors and bokeh. I haven't noticed any flares or distortions.

There's only one negative I noticed, you can't use the on board flash on the A100 for 1:1 Macro shots with this lens. It extends too far so that the lens casts shadows onto the subject.


Update: with the Minolta 7 and A850 the AF is actually usable, which wasn't the case with the A100. I have lowered the mark on build and colour though. Colour certainly isn't up there with Minolta/Sony/Zeiss lenses. Also the AF/MF switch mechanism isn't nice, if you go from AF to MF you'll move the focus because of the force it takes, and you have to put the ring in AF mode when using AF otherwise it will make an awful noise and break (according to Tamron).

I often find myself using 70-200G or 135STF instead of the Tamron, only for 1:1 macro I grab this one.
reviewer#3141 date: Jan-6-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 28-105mm f3.5-f4.5
Beercan 70-210mm f4
Minolta 100-400mm APO f4.5-f6.7
price paid:Ł200
positive:Razor sharp (when in focus)
negative:Build
Can be tricky to retain focus hand-held
Super slow AF
comment:For the money, it was a toss up between a new Tamrom 90mm or a used Minolta 100mm, I plumped for the new lens. Macro is an adventure, rather than a priority, for me, so I was not really sure what to expect. The lens is undoubtably sharp, but at the same time almost impossible to use hand-held when close up, without a flash and/or a tripod. Focus is on a knife edge and I cannot stop breathing for long enough!

I am not convinced about its suitability for portraits, as DOF is still tight at full facial range, but I am still experimenting with this. Regardless of the f2.8 rating, the relatively small and deeply recessed 55mm front aperture requires lots of light for the lens to work at its best, in testing, I have noted a very small amount of CA at f2.8.

There is something about the build of this lens that I do not like. I am not at all sure why, but it just feels "cheap" (the AF/MF focusing ring perhaps?). This is strange, because I get exactly the opposite feel from my Tamron 17-50mm, whose build I rate highly.

AF is really slow, explaining the requirement for a focus limiter switch. Even with that, my 100-400mm APO is still quicker in this regard!

I think that this lens is definitely best described as being a specialist lens for a specific purpose, ie. macro, where I am certain that it excels. However, it is probably best left for others to pass judgement in this area.
reviewer#2855 date: Oct-17-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Minolta 100 2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp
negative:None
comment:Let me first say that i am not a macro guy. I use this and the minolta 100 2.8 for portrait shots. I shoot about 12 weddings a year and do various other portratier work. The minolta 100 2.8 was my original portrait lens but i decided to buy another with a tad shorter focal length because of the crop factor. And with the 100 being considerably older I wanted to extend the life of the lens a little longer. Between the two I can see no discernable difference in sharpness, bokeh, flare or distortion. The minolta lens has a slight advantage in color saturation but it is pretty slight. I use both lenses equally. For the price of this lens new I would buy this over a used Minolta 100 if for no other reason is peace of mind. you never no what kind of treatment a lens has recieved from its previous owner.
reviewer#2828 date: Oct-7-2007
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:KM 28-75/2.8(D)
S 100-300/4
Minolta 85/1.4
price paid:USD350 new
positive:- omfg sharp
- light
negative:- deeply recessed front element would be hard to clean
- lots of focus hunting
- annoying AF/MF clutch
comment:This is a nice light lens (compared to my zooms) with excellent sharpness across the frame and reasonable bokeh. It's more than sharp enough to out-resolve the A100's sensor at any aperture until you reach the diffraction limit.

The shallow DOF in macro can make nearly any lens look good in the bokeh department but inspection of highlights from this lens shows darkening of the COC only slightly and in tiny patches near the edge near where the aperture blades intersect. 85/1.4 bokeh is certainly better but then this costs about 1/4 as much for a lens that will still give fantastic portraits.

The front element is WAAAY down inside so well protected, but I fear ever having to clean spatter from it, so I've now got a UV filter on mine. Flare doesn't seem a problem due to the deeply recessed front element.

Distortion is unnoticeable and I've seen no axial or lateral chromatic aberrations at all.

Update: tested on A700. Still very sharp and now it can track focus much much better than on the A100, to the point where AF can be usable for 1:1.5 macro!
reviewer#2563 date: Jul-18-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:The minolta 100 2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp
Nice bokeh
Nice colours
negative:AF slow and hunts quiet a bit
comment:Price quality not possible to beat. Build is better than what you would expect. The minolta macro only performs sligthly better.
reviewer#2561 date: Jul-18-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:50mm 1.7
24-70 Sig
Kit
Beercan
price paid:524usd(out the door)
positive:Scary sharp, nice bokeh
negative:AF hunts up close
comment:AF hunts a little, up close better to just MF
If you like macros very nice lens
Would like to compare it to a Minolta/sony 100mm macro to see the difference.
reviewer#2407 date: Jun-3-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:sal-1870
sal-75300
sal-500 reflex
sigma-15 F2.8 EX DG
sigma-20 F1.8 ex dg df rf
price paid:400 EUR (new)
positive:Almost everything
negative:some CA
slow AF
comment:Excellent lens.I can only recommend this very sharp piece of glass.
reviewer#2378 date: May-28-2007
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:Minolta 35-105 3.5, 28-85 3.5, 70-210 3.5
Sony 18-70 3.5
price paid:400 USD new
positive:Very sharp
Beautifull Colors
Beautifull bokeh
negative:Price
Focus a bit slow particularly in low light
comment:I bought it from a HK dealer wiht a good price. It works perfectly for people and macro photo. It realizes very good macro photo with beautifull bokeh and colors. Very sharp, perhaps too sharp for portraiture particularly with women...

Very good lens. Must to have. Cost less than the Minolta or the new Sony.
reviewer#2364 date: May-26-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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: KM 50mm 1.7 with extension tubes
price paid:370 euro (new)
positive:sharp
easy to use, even with manual focus (AF focus easuly hunts)
great for taking portraits
negative:none
comment:love this lense.
used it on a wasp building it's nest (with extension tubes) distance couple of cm's. sharp
did extensive tests on magnification (with extension tubes). great results.
reviewer#2349 date: May-24-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:
missing
price paid:1200zl (400 USD)
positive:+ Scary sharp (even f2.8)
+ Good color
+ Good BOKEH
+ Plastic but good bulid quality
+ Focus limiter
+ Looks good
+ Acurate weight
+ 1:1 sharp

negative:- some CA and contrast smaller under the sun at f2.8-3.2 but not much and not nagging
comment:GREAT !!!
Lens worth every cent I paid.
Good bokeh.
AF speed is not fast, but surprisingly fast for a macro.
Here some my samples:




reviewer#2238 date: May-1-2007
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:Cosina 100mm
price paid:650 AUD (new)
positive:- very sharp lens
- good handling
- bokeh
negative:- design (personal tastes)
comment:A real pleasure to use this lens. The big focus ring makes it easy to get sharp pictures. The extra blade compared to the Sigma means that bokeh is more pleasant. Pictures are sharp with vibrant colours.

I prefer the more minimalist design of the Sigma 105mm however. Visual appearance aside, the ergonomics of the Tamron is very good.
reviewer#2043 date: Mar-26-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Minolta 100m f/2.8 D Macro (briefly)
price paid:449 USD (incl tx)
positive:Sharp
Sharp Wide Open
Smooth Bokeh
1:1 Macro
negative:Slowish AF with limiter off
Slightly plastic build
comment:Overwhelmingly impressed. Obviously individual use will vary, but it's just as easy to view this as a phenomenal portrait lens with macro capabilities as vice versa. MF-AF slider is not as nice as a full time clutch, but a smart workaround and intuitive to use. Manual focus is beautifully smooth. Using the limiter is highly recommended. I can see this lens spending a lot of time on my camera.
reviewer#2021 date: Mar-24-2007
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:Beercan
50mm 1.7
Big Beercan
Tam 18-200
price paid:340
positive:Very sharp, Great natural color, Don't really need the hood. inexpensive
negative:AF hunting
comment:Great lens, Is much cheaper than Minolta or Sony. Gotta say, I love the Tamron. Love the Macro 1:1. Love the bokeh, I think even creamier than my 50mm 1.7. Hunts a bit in low light, seems Macros are known for that, the focus limiter helps. So far, the portraits I've taken have been nothing short of BEAUTIFUL, definately my best portrait lens. Set up a mini studio on my kithen table and shot some flowers, ....the bokeh created my flowers into a piece of art. Got many oooo's and ahhh's from the family...very nice:) MF is smooth and I kinda like how you click front to back on the focus ring to switch between AF and MF. Worth every penny at $340 US.....Thanks Kathy...Love it:)
reviewer#2013 date: Mar-23-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 1
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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:Minolta 100/2, 35/2, 28-75D, 'Beercan' F4
price paid:650.00 AU (new)
positive:Sharp, sharp and sharp
great colours, very contrsaty
wonderful multipurpose lens
beautiful portrait lens
negative:Slow AF sometimes.
comment:I am so impressed with ths lens. I use it for all of my portrait work, especially outside. The creamy bokeh is just great. I would like a Sony 85 1.4 but this provides me ith the quality and colouring that I need. I am amzed at the lovely contrasty images that this lens creates. I also use the Minolta 100/2 and the 35/2, both wonderful lenses. Hightly recommended.
reviewer#1821 date: Feb-12-2007
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:Tamron 28-75
"Beercan"
Canon 70-200F4L
Nikon 18-70F3.5-4.5
price paid:3700Norvegian kr
positive:Extreemly sharp
Good enough build quality
Weight, and feeling
Focus ring, and limiter
Price!
Lens Hood
negative:Some CA at F2.8 with flash, easy to fix
Not metal, but the weight is splended
comment:This lens is the best I own, it's genious. The range is fantastic, (135 on 1.5crop) And I find the AF also good enough!

Thing you need to learn about this lens: Learn yourself to deal with slow autofokus, and make tricks to get it hit more easy. I can focus as fast with this lens as a guy can fokus with a good fokus lens, because I have learned good methods with my 5D.

Buy this lens, it's the second best macro in the world, after Minolta 100mm F2.8
reviewer#1794 date: Feb-8-2007
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:
missing
price paid:450 USD new
positive:Sharp, sharp and sharp
Nice bokeh
good color
focus limiter switch
Did I say SHARP
Nice MF feel
negative:Not enough ways to say sharp
Slow AF, but limiter helps
Tricky switching from AF to MF
No tripod collar
comment:I don't know how a lens could be sharper than this one. I find the color appealing and the bokeh very good. I've read that the KM 100 2.8 has better bokeh, but it can't be leaps and bounds better than the Tamron.

I think I will find myself shooting a lot of macro soon.
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rating summary

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  • 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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