Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro

Last updated (25 March’12):
- Review by Nikonians

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro is a macro lens features 90mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 10 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 27 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 11.4in.(0.29m) and has a filter size of 55mm. The Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro lens weighs 405g (14.3oz) and it measures 2.8 inches in diameter and 3.8 inches long.

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Reviews

Nikonians reviews the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro and writes;
“Optically, this lens is superb. It is Sharp with a capital S as can be seen in all samples and on this image of a Zeiss Pancolar for Exakta. It is contrasty, but has a beautiful bokeh. As a portrait lens, it may be too sharp. “
rating: N/A

Tamronlensreview reviews the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro and writes;
“The Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro is one of the sharpest macro lens to date. The build quality has some minor issue, but it’s not a deal breaker. Overall, this lens is a very strong performer for both macro and portraiture photography.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Momentcorp compares the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro to Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“A solid performer, this lens Might be “old” but it sure still performs, I never bothered upgrading this lens, since the performance of it is so good.( I had a hard time finding something wrong with this lens) I usually upgrade to Nikon lenses, but this time there simply wasn’t any good reason to do so, since the Tamron performs so good.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Ephotozine reviews the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro and writes;
“The performance did not disappoint, save for the minor niggle that the peak figures were reached almost wide open, whereas macro photography by its very nature requires some serious stopping down. This does, however, make it a very handy, available light, portrait lens.”
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Photozone reviews the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro and writes;
“The Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP is a superb lens without any significant flaw. In fact optically it is every bit as good, maybe even slightly better than the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro. The lens has a very good build quality. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photodo reviews the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro and writes;
“This lens will not disappoint you with its sharpness, which is a match for its competition especially wide open. The lens actually read out as f/3 wide open which is not quite ‘what it says on the tin’, loosing almost a third of a stop but does come in straight away with good resolution figures. “
rating: N/A

The-digital-picture reviews the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro and writes;
“Flare is reasonably well controlled – much better than the Sigma but slightly behind the Canon. Some CA is visible in the corners at f/2.8, but this clears up when stopped down a couple of stops. Distortion is negligible. Vignetting is not significant even on a full frame body – similar performance to the Sigma and a small amount better than the Canon. “
Rating: ★★★★★

User Opinions

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro User Reviews

Excellent choice for macro & closeups | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is an excellent choice if you’re interested in close-up and macrophotography — it’s sharp corner-to-corner, and you get life-size photos down to the size of a large bug. Usually you end up focusing macro shots manually, and the Tamron manual focus ring travels about 270 degrees, giving lots of smooth fine-tuning capability. “ – by Michael Sandman

A gem of a lens at a reasonable price | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens has a couple little advertised qualities which make it double as a superb portrait lens: First, it is not bittingly sharp wide open at f2.8, just about perfect for softening skin flaws, Stopped down to f5.6 and beyond, this lens is simply too sharp and contrasty for the average face. Second, wide open and at f4, this lens produces very attractive out of focus backgrounds, perfect for outdoor portraiture, where backgrounds can easily be distracting and intrusive. “ – by P. Lastra

Tamron AF 90mm Macro | Rating: ★★★★☆
“VERY sharp focus and a reasonably fast focusing motor. I see no downside to this lens at all. “ – by Robert J. Reed

Great hand-held macro/portrait lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Like other Tamrons, this one is plastic all the way (hence the light weight), but well made, MF ring is well damped with plenty rotation for fine tuning… The protruding front element is not a problem in real world use at all (as oppose to Internal Focus of the Canon 100mm Macro, or the Tamron 180mm ). In short, this is a perfect hand-held macro/portrait lens. “ – by Luving it

Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is lightweight and performs great! The push/pull feature to switch from AF to Manual Focus is smooth and intuitive. Sharp, clear photos I am pleased. “ – by D. Nelson

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Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Specifications

Di: Digitally Integrated Design, is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras. Tamron introduces a new version of the famous 90mm macro lens for film and digital photography. Tamron s 90mm macro lens, often referred to as the portrait macro and loved by photographers all over the world, is now reborn as a Di lens that is perfect for use with both film and digital cameras. Item Specifications: Product Description: Tamron SP 272E – macro lens – 90 mm Weight: 14.3 oz Length: 4 in Min Focus Range: 11.4 in Lens System: Macro lens Lens Aperture: F/2.8 Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual Focal Length: 90 mm Mounting Type: Canon EF Lens Construction: 9 group(s) / 10 element(s) Filter Size: 55 mm Special Functions: Macro


Model: 272E
Lens Construction (Groups/Elements): 9/10
Angle of View: 27°
Diaphragm Blade Number: 9
Minimum Focus Distance: 11.4in.(0.29m)
Macro Magnification Ratio: 1:1
Filter Diameter: ø55
Weight: 405g (14.3oz)
Diameter x Length: ø2.8 x 3.8in. (ø71.5 x 97mm)
Accessory: Lens hood, Case
Mount: Canon – Available, Nikon – Available, Pentax – Available, Sony – Available

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2010-06-26 00:53:13

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