Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO1:1 Model 272E
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Sharp lens with beautiful bokeh. The autofocus is EXTREMELY loud
24 July 2014
Summary: Sharp lens with beautiful bokeh. The autofocus is EXTREMELY loud. And when I do manual focus, the viewfinder on my d5100 doesn't match up to the subject's optimum sharpness. I am returning it primarily because I received a grey market lens from SUNSET ELECTRONICS. BEWARE, DO NOT BUY FROM SUNSET ELECTRONICS.
Summary: I received the lens from the vendor. Packed well, delivered quickly. It took a while to get used to it. Setting the range of the focus is a good idea if using auto focus . The results are quite good. Not only the acuity of the lens, but the "bokeh" (the look of the out of focus areas) is good also. I would recommend this lens. The auto focus has a lot of range to cover, so using the "limit" control can make auto focus work faster.
Summary: The clarity was very good and the minimum focus distance is great. The two issues I have are with the focusing. It requires too many turns of the knob to go between the focus ends. This results in much longer time to focus on the subject. The problem is the same in AF and manual. The second issue may be my inexperience with macro lenses, but without a tripod the subject was usually out of fuzzy.
Excerpt: Not a bad lens, overall, BUT... After about a year of use, I am somewhat disappointed in the 90mm. The level of detail shown is acceptable, but micro-contrast is surprisingly low and images require considerable sharpening to look decent. OK, it's not a Pentax 100mm. The biggest problem with the lens is that it will not focus at infinity.
Excerpt: I wanted a macro lens to take very very detailed images of nature. Feathers, leaves, spider webs, drops of dew etc. I am still learning how to use this lens but it seems that at very close range the depth of field is so shallow that one has to select exactly what plane of the photo is to be in focus and the rest just isn't. Maybe photos from a greater distance with more cropping will give me the detail that I need but so far this has been more frustrating than rewarding.
Excerpt: Bought primarily as a portrait lens and secondly for macro. For very close macro shots, its outstanding. But, too front heavy for use on Nikon D60 or D90 for carry-around, handheld portraits. AUTO-FOCUS excellent in macro-mode (up to 2-3 fet), but unreliable and dissapointing longer distance. ALSO, the relatively slow f/2.8 speed requires slower shutter speeds and limits its usefulness in low-light conditions and available light portratis, etc.
Pros: Excellent macro auto-fous, Great in macro mode, Quick Focus
Cons: Blurry Focus, Difficult to Clean, Heavy, Poor in distance focus, Poor in Low Light
Summary: I like this lens, and have taken some great shots of my son and flowers. The lens is very sharp, and the clutch focus is a nice feature. I use this with my Nikon D80. My biggest gripe is the focus is very slow. Sometimes, in lower light, it won't find the focus. Also, it wasn't clear to me when I purchased it, but the F/2.8 is only when focused at infinity. When doing a 1:1 macro shot, it is limited to F/4.