Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD
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Very good macro lens
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).
Good working distance, AF with Canon doesnt really sync...
2 November 2011
Summary: This is a very good lens for macro and working in a studio setup, however don't count on the autofocus to work very well. I have a Canon 100mm macro and love it. The AF works reasonably well 50% of the time when shooting in a well lit area. This is good as you can free up one hand to hold a light modifier. The Tamron 180mm, perhaps its a bad copy, doesn't lock the focus with auto. The 180mm is great because of the added working distance to the subject.
Summary: Should have been a 5 star lens, if not for the fact that the AF broke in a week with very light use! I only tested the AF a few times before it stopped working all of a sudden. The lens itself produces great macro shots. I am not a weight lifter so I use it on a tripod. MF works fantastically well. But still, AF broke in a week is a very bad sign. I sent it to Tamron and it stayed there for 2.5 months now and they are still working on it.
Summary: I use this lens to shoot flowers, insects etc. I really enjoy the shooting with it. I will say it is very worthy the price. Advantage: 1. Good Price 2. Sharp 3. Color is fantastic 4. Easy to switch between AF and MF 5. The lens looks STRONG with the lens hood!! Disadvantage: 1. AF is a little bit slow. 2. No Full/Limit switch, which SP 90 macro has.
Summary: I have captured some really great images with this lens. I believe I will have it for a very long time. The Macros come out so beautiful. The only thing I don't like when doing Macros in that at very close range, the Macros tend to blur a bit. Other than that I love this lens. I would buy it again and again. Thanks Tamron!
Summary: I bought this lens Last year on the Tamron Student program. Its a nice lens. My first one had a problem that showed up in the first 3 days, it would not go from manual to auto focus. So I had to replace it. A hassle but still worth it. I liked the lens a lot and only sold it off to move up to the much sharper Canon 180mm L 3.5. If you are looking at a 90/100mm Macro or the 180, get the 180, its so much nicer. If you cant afford the Canon L series, get the Tamron!
Summary: Having spent a year with a 90mm macro trying to shoot insects that were no longer there because I was too close for their comfort it was a great relief to find that the extra working distance this lens gives you does indeed give you many more opportunities to get decent shots. It is as sharp(very) as the Tamron 90mm and has a great bokeh. i had to sell a very nice guitar to get this lens and have no regrets in doing so.