Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF)

Last updated (06 January’13):
– Review by Agilelevin

The Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) features 180mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/3.5. The lens construction has 14 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 14 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.47m (18.5″) and has a filter size of 72mm. The Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) lens weighs 920g (32.5oz.) and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 6.5 inches long.

Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF)
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Expert Reviews

Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) Reviews

Agilelevin reviews the Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“Optically, this lens leaves little to be desired. Sharpness is great down to the diffraction limit, distortion virtually non-existent, chromatic aberrations are practically absent and flare and ghosting are very well controlled. The Tamron 180mm macro is a good choice when pure optical performance is desired. “
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ShutterBug reviews the Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“Overall, we were very impressed with the imaging performance of the Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) 1:1 Macro. It is certainly capable of delivering superb sharpness over the entire aperture range along with excellent bokeh (that is, smooth out-of-focus image quality with defocused images retaining their shape).”
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Photodo reviews the Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“This is the area where prime lenses are supposed to be king, and in terms of control over aberrations, distortions and contrast this is almost always the case. There is no exception here with this lens and the results out of the camera were quite pleasing. Good contrast is often, to the naked eye, one of the most important aspects of optical design and this lens does not disappoint in this area, being excellent across the frame. “
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Tamronlensreview reviews the Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“This lens is very sharp even at wide open (f/3.5). Stop down to f/8 to get the maximum sharpness. However, avoid using f/32 because of diffraction. Vignetting is also not an issue in this lens. It is barely visible at any aperture, except at f/3.5. Stopping down to f/5.6 or more will eliminate it.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“In testing, this lens has proved itself capable of excellent results especially when stopped down to f/5.6 or smaller. Those requiring the extra working distance this lens affords for their macro work will almost certainly be pleased with the performance of this lens, and at just over half the price of marque equivalents, it is definitely worthy of consideration.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikonians reviews the Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“there is no doubt the Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD [IF] Macro 1:1 is a superb lens, with many fine features. It is capable of producing excellent pictures in both the close-up and telephoto ranges. The build quality is excellent, as is the detachable tripod collar. The optical performance is exceptional – it leaves absolutely nothing wanting. The manual focus is exceptionally good, as is the manual / auto switching.”
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Photozone reviews the Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“Optically it doesn’t leave anything to be desired – the resolution is very good to excellent from f/3.5 all the way down to f/16 and vignetting, CAs and distortions are usually non-issues in field conditions. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur), a primary aspect in macro photography, is very smooth and buttery. The build quality of the Tamron is very good but there is one bug – the lens has no focus limiter and the rather slow AF combined with AF hunting can be a frequent and rather tiresome experience.”
Rating: ★★★★☆


Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) User Manual

– Download Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) User Manual (PDF – 439kb)

Features & Specifications

Emulating the design merits of the Tamron SP 90mm Macro, renowned and trusted by professional and amateur photographers throughout the world, the new SP AF180mm f3.5 LD (IF) Macro 1:1 is a mid-range telephoto lens that gives the user a longer working distance needed for some macro subjects. In addition, to meet the needs of this dual-format world (silver-halide and digital), the optical system of the lens is designed to provide optimum performance when used with the latest digital SLR cameras as well as film cameras.

Digitally Integrated Design, is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras.

This lens employs an IF (internal focusing) system that maintains the overall length of the lens during focusing. Uses two LD (low-dispersion) glass elements that effectively compensate for chromatic aberration. Provides high-contrast, outstanding image quality and a soft out-of-focus background effect. The Super Performance (SP) lens series provides high performance through outstanding design specifications.

FEC (Filter Effect Control): Features the new FEC (Filter Effect Control) function that enhances operational ease of polarizing filter use. The new Filter Effect Control is designed to rotate the filter to the desired position while the hood is attached. This is accomplished by turning the FEC ring that in turn rotates the portion of the filter mount where the filter is mounted.

What’s in the Box:
Lens hood and case.

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