Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO1:1 Model 272E
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Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E Lens
15 March 2013
Conclusion: The Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E is the newest at this time of writing in a line of Tamron macro lenses dating back many years. It will carry on this proud tradition. Apart from the slightly less robust feel of the full / limit switch, I really can find nothing to criticise. The build quality is admittedly not up to that of the micro-Nikkors, but is perfectly adequate for normal use.
Conclusion: In summary, although you get what you pay for with this lens, but you sometimes get the unexpected bonus of a little more. True, with its noisy, basic focusing motor, and no internal focus, it's hardly the most refined option, but its sharpness compares more than favourably with more expensive lenses, and its price can't be argued with.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Focussing speed (for a macro), Performance wide open, Lightweight
Cons: Build quality not quite as robust as some., Peak in wrong place for Macro (but great for portraiture), Lack of a protective case/pouch
Summary: The latest iteration of a classic, affordably-priced, mid-range macro lens.Although Tamron has been producing 90mm macro lenses since the late 1970s, the latest SP AF90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 lens is the first with Tamron's latest Di (Digitally Integrated Design) technology, which matches the performance characteristics of current DSLR cameras.
Pros: You want an affordable macro lens that delivers sharp images at mid-range aperture settings., You want competent mechanical performance., You want a lens that requires no readjustment when you fit filters., You'd like a lens that delivers attractive bokeh. Don't buy this lens if :, You need a general-purpose lens., You require built-in image stabilisation., You're not prepared to use a tripod for critical macro work.
Excerpt: There's plenty to like about the neatly designed Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Macro DI. The price tag is certainly competitive and the design is excellent - we particularly like the push/pull AF/MF selector that enables you to quickly change between the two. There's a focus limiter that's much the same as that on the Nikon macro - you choose which side of 0.42m you want to use - plus the minimum aperture setting of f/32 gives plenty of depth-of-field.