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Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • This light super performance (SP) macro-lens offers a 1:1 magnification ratio and pin-sharp images

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Style Name: For Canon
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 9.7 cm ; 404 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 739 g
  • Item model number: 272E
  • ASIN: B0002232ZG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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The legendary 90mm F2.8 has been available in different improved versions for over 30 years, and therefore stands in a long macro tradition in the super performance series. This light super performance (SP)* macro-lens offers a 1:1 magnification ratio and pin-sharp images with beautifully blurred backgrounds that make your subject stand out. The Di version was adapted to the demands of digital SLR cameras and characterized by a new multi-coating with which the stray-light behaviour of the lens was optimized. The Tamron 90mm is often called the "portrait macro", because the focal length is also ideally suited for portraits. The new version can be also be used on full frame or 35mm cameras.

*SP (Super Performance) - This lens belongs to the Super performance (SP) class of Tamron lenses distinguished by ultra high optical and mechanical quality.

Equally at home on APS-C DSLRs, rendering a picture angle equivalent of the 140mm lens on a full-frame DSLR or 35mm SLR camera, photographers appreciate the resulting increase in front element-to-subject distance and close-up photography. In addition, this 135mm-like picture angle is well-suited for environmental portraiture. Extraordinary sharpness, striking contrast and a remarkable absence of distortion combine to produce images of exceptional calibre.

9 Diaphragm Blades

The number of diaphragm blades affects the "shape" of the blur in out-of-focus areas of the image. This is more important in portraiture, where the aperture setting is often wide open, and macro photography, where the high magnification results in blurred background and foreground even at narrow apertures. When backgrounds are soft and blurred, not only is the effect very pleasing and "photographic", but it also serves to isolate the subject from a distracting background, providing a professional-looking image. A high number of blades provide a rounder shape to the aperture, which in turn makes the shape of the blur more circular and much more natural.

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Super Performance

Super Performance (SP)

Tamron SP (Super Performance) series is a line of ultra-high-performance lenses designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. In creating SP lenses Tamron’s optical designers put their foremost priority on achieving superior performance parameters—they are all designed to a higher standard with little regard for cost constraints. As a result, Tamron lenses bearing the SP designation feature impressive and innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence among those knowledgeable photographers that demand the very best.

Di Anti-Reflection

One major difference between digital and film cameras is how internal reflections may occur and to what extent. These internal reflections can cause unwanted flare or ghosting on the final image. In a film camera, internal reflections can be created inside the mirror box of the camera or from light reflecting off the film surface itself. However in a digital camera, the almost mirror-like surfaces of CCD and CMOS sensors make this much more of a challenge. Di lenses offer new anti-reflection countermeasures that are essential in lenses designed for use with digital cameras. The SP AF90mm Di features an improved coating technology that reduces the problematic reflections to the absolute minimum.

Focal Length

As a medium telephoto focal length, 90mm is particularly useful as a portrait macro lens when used with a film camera. When used on a digital SLR camera with a smaller image sensor, the lens provides a focal length equivalent to that of 140mm, so it can be used conveniently as a telephoto macro lens.

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AF/MF Switch Mechanism

Auto-focus/Manual-focus (AF/MF) Switch Mechanism

The ability to switch quickly between auto-focus (AF) and manual-focus (MF) is a great asset in many types of shooting, especially sports and nature photography. This is easily accomplished with Tamron’s ingenious AF/MF system. By simply sliding the focus ring back and forth between the two positions you can select either the AF or MF focusing position. In manual-focus mode Tamron lenses provide smooth, precise manual focusing by turning their wide, well-textured focusing rings.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 9 Dec 2012
Style Name: For Sony
I've used the Tamron 90mm f2.8 across all 4 mounts, currently using the Minolta/Sony mount version.
This would probably rate as one of the most useful, and pleasing lenses I've ever used over quite a long period of time.
As well as an excellent macro lens with 1:1 magnification, on a 1.5x crop sensor you get an extremely useful candid focal length of 135mm...almost perfect for street/candid shooting. As a dual purpose lens this is simply a stunning offering from Tamron at a very respectable price.

Pictures are sharp and show excellent contrast at f2.8 across the frame, with a wonderful blur effect for portrait shooting the Tamron has rightly earned a reputation second to none for this type of photography. I'll provide a summary of pros and cons

Pro points:
+ Good build (plastic but decent plastic) with a nice grip for focus and metal mount. This is just fine for the price
+ Superb optics even wide open, with a 9 blade aperture for smooth out of focus rendition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan siddall on 20 Oct 2014
Style Name: For Nikon
Build quality is great.
Stunning Image Quality.

Focus ring is nice and large so you can easily adjust it.
The lens focuses quickly when set to 1m+
For macro work you are better off using manual focus as auto it can seek backwards and forwards.
3 distance switches work well.
Very quiet focus.

I have been using this lens on the Nikon D800.
Mainly for portrait and food photography.
90mm is a really good size to have in your collection of lenses for sure.

For close up macro work this is one awesome piece of kit.
Tried it out on a spider. The subject was about 1cm long, went in nice and close, could see his eyes !
Detail in this lens is mind blowing.

VC is good if your are using it for video related work.
This is for sure the best lens I have ever used.
Images are super sharp and detailed.

Negatives:
Honestly cant find a thing wrong with this lens.

If you want a fantastic macro/portrait lens this is it.
Tried out other macro lenses (Nikon/Sigma) before buying and this beats them all by a big margin !
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ade.B on 24 Sep 2011
Style Name: For Canon
This lens is pin sharp, for the price it is an excellent lens.

My only fault and the reason for 4 stars not 5 is that the AF can struggle even at a reasonable distance from your subject in low light. All that said as a macro lens and for close up work you would only use MF and so eliminating the problem.

With such a nice push pull ring from AF to MF changing from one to the other becomes a breeze and you never really miss a shot.

Well worth every penny.

ps. If you don't own a lens pen you should invest in one as the lens is quite deeply recessed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BSW on 9 Jun 2013
Style Name: For Nikon
Bought this lens for my D90 and it is as good as the reviews suggest. Sharp as a tack. Extreme macro. Photos of flowers in particular are amazing!

It was a little difficult to handle on the D90, mainly because of the insanely shallow depth of field involved with some of the closest macro shots mean that you have to decrease the aperature to tiny levels, which means that camera steadiness becomes an issue as there is very little light getting in.

However, it is the most fun lens I have and very impressed with the output.

One thing I didn't expect was its compatibility on FX bodies. I recently upgraded to a Nikon D600 and, while my quite expensive 18-200mm VRII lens is now annoying to use (The viewfinder image is now circular, with a black rectangle in the middle for framing) and reduces the D600 to an APS-C size sensor, this lens does not! It's fully compatible with FX and is now easier to use with the larger sensor on the D600, which is much easier to capture the necessary amounts of light at smaller aperature sizes and faster shutter speeds.

It has reignited my love for this lens; I'm off to use it again!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Srinivasan on 13 Oct 2012
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I use this on a Sony A230 and A55. I (and many others) consider this the best standard macro out there. It's super sharp wide open, stopped down it is superb. It has a small dof for cool macro work and the bokeh is very smooth and creamy, ALMOST like the Sony 135mm STF (google it). The AF isn't the best, but I MF when doing macros since it is som much more accurate. When I do portraits with it or general use I just use the limiter. Simple. IT turns the af speed from poor to decent. For this price and giving this much performance, nothing beats it.
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