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Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD

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Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD

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Overall 10

micro power!!!

AMAR, Amazon
5 February 2014
Overall 10

Very good macro lens

emac2, Amazon
22 June 2013
  • Summary: And the price is right too. I usually don't like Tamron lenses but this one is an exception. Can be almost as sharp as the Canon 180mm and is good enough for this fussy-about -sharpness person.
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Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro 1:1 SP AF review by MediaGuru

MediaGuru, slrgear.com
23 November 2012
  • Summary: I spent countless hours researching for a good macro lens and basically had it narrowed down to the Sigma 70mm, Tamron 90mm and 180mm. I read complaints about how close you have to get with the 70 or 90mm lenses and decided that any extra distance I could place between myself and shy animals and bugs would be nice (this lens is supposed to be able to focus at 18.5 inches). I am not sure if this is normal or typical of a macro lens, but I was able to focus at 10 inches.
  • Pros: Excellent IQ, smooth focus ring, very little distortion, little to no chromatic aberration or vignetting
  • Cons: Wiggles ever so slightly when mounted to my Sony A57
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Overall 4

Tamron 180mm

Kikay, Amazon
9 November 2012
  • Summary: The lense itself is good. But IQ of the picture or colors is not crisp enought to reveal the true colors of the object. or probably I did received a bad unit.
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Overall 10

Good Value, The filter holder rotations can be an issue. It is really a f5.6 lens

Mike, Amazon
10 October 2012
  • Summary: This lens is a good value for the money. You can use it as general telephoto lens and Macro lens. One issue that you should think about is the front filter holder of this lens rotates in order to be convenient to use filters that need rotations while the hood is on. This is helpful when you need to rotate a filter with out having to stick your hand inside the hood or remove the hood to use these types of filters.
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Overall 10

Best Macro I've Ever Used

Heath Parsons, Amazon
6 July 2012
  • Summary: Pros: Extremely sharp Smooth focusing Lighter than a Canon L lens (easy to lug around) Nice rubbery tactile focus ring Circular polarizer rotator ring Longer distance for 1:1 macro Black (doesn't stand out like the Canon) Has a Lens collar Versatility (180mm also good for portraits) Cons: Slowest autofocus ever on a lens Lighter than a Canon L lens (less resistant to impact/mirror slap) Depth of field 1-2mm! As you can see, the pros far outweigh the cons.
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Overall 10

Razor sharp, great value

jeremym "jeremym", Amazon
3 July 2012
  • Summary: Maybe some of the negative reviewers got a bad copy of this lens, or Tamron has improved it... but the autofocus is *very* quick even in indoor low light, the working distance is fantastic, build quality is excellent, and the optics (the important part!) are amazing. Sharpness and color rendition are superb, even from just some hand-held shots. In terms of image quality this is on par with the Canon 100mm macro which is my favorite lens. Or maybe it was....
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Overall 8


Molly Pratt, Amazon
1 June 2012
  • Summary: I think this is an o k lens, I'm not sure why some of my photos are blurry. I'm an amateur so what do I know. I would recommend this to anyone looking for this type lens.
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Overall 10

Sleeper macro lens

Omar Nazif, Amazon
23 March 2012
  • Summary: Less than half the price of the Canon L version, with reports of the Tamron being superior optically. My experience with this lens so far: 180mm is an excellent working distance for small objects, flying bugs, timid birds. AF stinks and is noisy. I never use it. There is no focus lock. MF rocks, and the big fat focus ring is easy and fun to use. I'm a handholding ninja, but many people might feel more comfortable putting this on a tripod or monopod.
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Overall 10

great macro lens

asher, Amazon
2 March 2012
  • Summary: i got this lens after reading professional and users reviews from several sites and i'm pleased to say that i got the expected results. sharp images and nice bokeh. the AF isn't great but for macro i almost always uses manual focus anyway. this lens feels very solid , it's very good lens to work with,both on a tripod or hand held.the focus ring is also very comfortable to use,the price-quality is great and the lens is a great purchase.
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