Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF

Last updated (26 August’10):
– Review by Photocrati

The Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF features 60mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2. The lens construction has 14 elements in 10 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 26° 35’ (APS-C size equivalent). Closest focusing distance at 9.1in. (0.23m) and has a filter size of 55mm. The Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF lens weighs 400g (14.1oz.) and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.15 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF Reviews

Photocrati reviews the Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF and writes;
“I was very impressed-although the problems I encountered with manual focusing did put a crimp in my unbridled enthusiasm. In particular, I liked the way this 60mm Tamron macro softly blurred out backgrounds, while keeping the subject (plane) tack sharp. I have to add that I was really blown away by the lens’s overall optical performance.”
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Photozone reviews the Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF and writes;
“It shows very high sharpness and pleasing bokeh, with its large aperture allows for nice subject separation and therefor qualifies for many more usages than just macro shots. CAs are a little on the high side, as is vignetting wide open, but that’s the price one usually needs to pay for speed. The lens itself seems solid and is rather compact and light weight.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photo.net reviews the Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF and writes;
“It works as well close focused at 1:1 macro as it does at normal focus distances, so Tamron seem to have gotten their optical formulation right! The fact that it is f/2 rather than f/2.8 does make it a more useful lens for non-macro work where the extra speed enables use in lower light, and/or faster shutter speeds and/or a smaller DOF and increased background blur when you want to isolate a subject via focus.”
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Nikonians reviews the Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF and writes;
“From all the test shots I examined, the only conclusion to draw is that Tamron managed to build a lens with exceptionally well balanced optical properties: sharpness, chromatic correction, faithful out‐of‐focus rendition and flare resistance. It is all there at a level of perfection that should make more expensive branded products blush.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Tamronlensreview reviews the Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF and writes;
“Even at f/2, the sharpness of this lens is excellent. It’s very sharp at both center and border. If you stop down to f/4, you’ll get the sharpest image from this lens.. Being a Di-II lens, this lens shows some vignetting on the corners at wide open. Stopping down to f/4 or f/5.6 will make the vignetting completely disappear.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF User Reviews

Beautiful high speed macro for Canon digital (EF-S) | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens feels solid, looks good, and works well. It’s for Canon digital (APS-C sized sensors) only, there’s also a version for Nikon and Sony setups. The focal length is the equivalent of 93mm in the 35mm world. This is very close to the traditional 100mm Macro lens length. But it’s a full stop faster than either the Canon EF-S 60mm macro (f/2.0 vs. f/2.8) or the Canon EF 100mm macro (full frame usable, f/2.0 vs. f/2.8 again)…” – by Michael A. Duvernois

Light and comfortable macro/portrait lens for a not so modest price | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It is able to take crisp and well balanced images. It is nice and crisp from about f/4. Gives you a great portrait and macro lens with 1:1. It goes to f/2 which is great in the case of low light and allows for faster focusing vs. a darker lens. Great bokeh and internal focusing so filters don’t move. It allows manual focus in AF mode which is very nice and does not require a switch to be moved..” – by Andrew S. Koenig

The Best 60mm Macro on The Market | Rating: ★★★★★
“In one word Fantastic! It is among the sharpest lens I have seen in a lens of this class even wide open. I have a 50D and that camera is pure torture on lesser lenses, but the Tamron has no problem keeping up with its hunger for resolution. The other two reviewers commented on the price, but I don’t see that as a con as you are paying only a little more over Nikon and Canons (other brands to) for an extra stop. This is worth it to me.” – by Della M. Robinson

Quality Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is my first true macro lens. I have had it for about a month now and am using it with a Canon Rebel XSi. I am very pleased with its performance and the great shots it has produced. The pictures I’ve gotten are extremely crisp. The ability to use manual focus while in the Auto focus mode is a very nice feature.” – by Gordon Tempest

fine lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens works just as you’d hope. The wide aperture helps when used as a normal telephoto and aids focussing for macro work. The build is as good as you’ll get in this price range and it is very light compared to some macro lenses. there is a nice big grip for manual focus and the autofocus has no issues. I can’t think of any negatives worth mentioning.” – by Neil Carmichael

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Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP DI II LD IF Specifications

This exciting new lens is the first in its class to combine topnotch macro shooting performance down to 1:1 ( life-size on-sensor image ) with unequalled depth of field control and extended low-light shooting ability thanks to is ultra-wide F2 aperture. With a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 93mm, it’s a superb choice for portraits and its two LD glass elements and internal focusing (IF) endow it with exceptional imaging performance.

The Tamron SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro (model G005) is the industry’s first medium telephoto macro lens designed for APS-C size digital SLR cameras that features a fast maximum aperture of F/2.0 – one stop faster than the F/2.8 maximum aperture found on conventional macro lenses in the same class. The SP AF60mm F/2.0 covers an equivalent angle of view of 93mm when converted to the 35mm format. With its fast F/2.0 maximum aperture, the new macro delivers dramatically attractive blurred background effects. And the addition of Internal Focusing (IF) and Full Time Manual Focus Control Mechanism to its list of highlight features makes this lightweight and compact 1:1 macro lens incredibly easy to use. For Canon, Nikon and Sony APS-C size DSLRs

SP AF60mm F/2 Di II Features

Lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers and inherit all of the benefits of our Di products. These lenses are not designed for conventional cameras and digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.

Super Performance (SP) for Discriminating Shooters
Tamron SP (Super Performance) series is a line of ultra-high-performance lenses designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. In creating SP lenses Tamron’s optical designers put their foremost priority on achieving superior performance parameters—they are all designed to a higher standard with little regard for cost constraints. As a result, Tamron lenses bearing the SP designation feature impressive and innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence among those knowledgeable photographers that demand the very best.

Internal Focus (IF)
Internal focusing (IF) provides numerous practical benefits to photographers including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarizing and graduated filters, and more predictable handling because the lens length does not change during focusing. Even more important, Tamron’s Internal Focusing (IF) system provides a much closer minimum focusing distance (MFD) throughout its entire focusing range. In addition, IF improves optical performance by minimizing illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.

Low Dispersion (LD)
Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely lowdispersion index, has less of a tendency to separate (defract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colors. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the center of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)

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