Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO1:1 Model 272E
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great compact, lightweight lens for the money.
2 weeks ago
Summary: Have not used it yet but did test it real quick and for the money and the amount of times I may use it, it will be a perfect addition to my camera bag. fairly sharp and very close up with blurred background. For a lens I may need from time to time, I can live with a $150 investment rather than a $1500 investment.
Great lens so far. Was not aware item from this seller was a "grey market" lens.
David Winters "Powding", Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: I already have 2-Cannon, 1-Sigma, and 2-Tamron lenses. All great lenses on my pair of Canon 60D bodies. Packaging was great as per normal from Amazon and the box appears to be a real Tamron box and the lens appears new with all the proper packaging. On preliminary testing this lens seems like all my others, a great lens. Further testing (as I do with all my lenses) will hopefully prove this to be the case.
Summary: I thought I was buying the latest Tamron 90mm Macro with VC (Vibration Compensation) but I was looking for a bargain and found the lowest price. This lens is about $200 less than the newer VC model so be careful what you are buying. I tested the handheld capability of the lens to see if the common butterfly or flower shot would work well enough without the tripod. I would say that one in ten shots were acceptably sharp.
Summary: This lens is a really great macro lens. Very sharp photos, and it produces a beautiful bokeh. I was surprised at how great a portrait lens it is too. I was impressed and excited about the possibilities. HOWEVER, I was shipped a gray market lens which meant I was not eligible for Tamron's awesome warranty (and supporting the gray market isn't something I am interested in doing). Be aware of this if you value your lens.
Excerpt: I acquired this lens through a friend that got it and never used it for $250. Which is a steal in my opinion but I couldn't argue with him. I have been using this lens for 2 years now with no issues what so ever on my D-7000 and D-300. I am an avid adventurist traveling all over the lower 48 and this lens holds up very nicely. Im big into insects and usually shoot at or above F8 with very elegant DOF.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I love using this. I've taken my photography in a new direction using this. The only drawback for me is that when you go wide open, autofocus goes nuts and just searches and searches for something to focus on. This is apparently normal for macro lenses. I'm learning to use manual focus.
Excerpt: Great lens, exceeded expectations. I would have gave it 5 stars but the auto focus switch its a little flimsy other than that beautiful picture quality, fast, easy to focus and great in low light