Summary: This is my second lens, after a Tamron 17-55mm, and it's beautiful. I borrowed a Canon 100mm 2.8, and this has the edge, with better blurring and quieter optics. I'm far from an expert, but am quite a happy customer.
This is not to take away from the outstanding quality of Canon glass as I feel that they are the best but Tamron has closed the
Alex Moore, Amazon
27 October 2014
Summary: This lens is phenomenal and the price and warranty equally so. This is my third Tamron lens so I'm speaking from first hand experience and I have had the opportunity to compare them to their Canon counterparts. This is not to take away from the outstanding quality of Canon glass as I feel that they are the best but Tamron has closed the gap to absolute negligible margins in terms of performance and IQ and at nearly 1/2 the price and 6x the warranty to boot.
Summary: My 2-Star rating has nothing to do with the product (which is awesome!) but more to do with the Seller, Another Deal Site. They sell "gray lenses" which means they cannot be warrantied by Tamron in the United States. One of the reasons I like Tamron so much is they provide an excellent product and warranty their lenses for 6 years...something other lens manufacturers do not do. So, buyers beware!
Summary: I love this lens! The pictures are sharp and beautiful, and I think it's because of the vibration control. I really like the full-time manual focus control. The 12 inch focal distance is great--gives me a working distance between me and the bees. :-) All around, it's a great macro lens.
Summary: I love this lens!! I have used it as a portrait lens, but mainly a macro lens. For a living I shoot weddings, so this is my lens for all the ring shots, but for fun I shoot nature and this is an awesome bug lens!!!!
Summary: I got this lens because the fine detail is severely lacking when I do close up work with the kit lens that came with my Nikon D3200, That's a shame, because the D3200 has an excellent 24 megapixel sensor that's begging for high detail images. This Tamron macro lens has solved that problem perfectly. Other reviewers complained about focusing problems. I've had no problems with this, as long as I make sure I have the lens switched to the proper focusing range.