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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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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 9.7 cm ; 404 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 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 (29 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.

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.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb macro and candid lens 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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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro 24 Sep 2011
By Ade.B
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sharp, bokeh to die for 13 Oct 2012
Style Name:For Sony|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for FX and DX 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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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp 23 Feb 2009
By popo
Style Name:For Sony|Verified Purchase
This is a lens capable of very sharp images and I have no complaints on image quality.

There is a generous amount of travel in the focus ring allowing fine manual focus. Autofocus is rather slow as a consequence, but if you're doing macro then manual focus is often a more useful technique to use. There is a focus range limiter to help speed up autofocus operation for either close or distant use only.

The other negative of this lens is the rather deeply recessed front element, which to me is a waste of working distance. That is the distance between the front of the lens and whatever you're shooting. The lens length extends quite a lot when focusing closely.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full frame compatible macro lens for Sony cameras 10 July 2012
Style Name:For Sony|Verified Purchase
For a long time I wanted to get a macro lens but had to wait as I had other lenses I needed to purchase first (24-75mm zoom, 70-300MM zoom for example -and both from the Tamron SP range). After deciding now was the time I purchased this lens.

Like the other Tamron SP lenses it is quite chunky in construction and has a well made focus ring with plenty of grip. The lens has a 55mm diameter objective lens which although not huge does give respectable performance in poorer light conditions. A lens hood is supplied and is of the cylindrical type rather than a petal type but I find I don't use it as the front lens element is well recessed into the lens barrel to control flare anyway. The autofocus is not particularly quick and can hunt in lower light conditions but it does have a focus limiter switch which can reduce this problem. The lens does lengthen considerably but it does not rotate when focusing and the minimum focus distance is 3 inches.

The image quality is excellent for the money and the reproduction ratio (effectively magnification) of 1:1 means that you get a large and clear image. This is a definite advantage over a shorter macro lens (35/50mm) as the working space you can leave between you and the subject will mean that insects/animals will more likely stay still than if you were on top of them with a shorter lens. Amazingly, this lens is full frame compatible and works fine on my Alpha 850 with no vignetting problems to speak of. At 90mm the depth of field when working really close is very narrow even at higher F stops so a tripod is a good idea as you will tend to sway in and out of the focus range if you use it handheld. It isn't impossible to use handheld but it takes skill, patience and good light/flash.

To sum up, this lens is excellent if you need a macro lens with a longer focal length and you haven't got 500-600 to spend on the best ones. With patience and practice you will be astounded by your own images.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lens
Brilliant lens,having read all the reviews on macro lenses, I chose the Tamron. I am delighted with the performance for both close up work and portraits. Great choice.
Published 3 hours ago by Mr Steve Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I had a Tamron macro years ago but sold it when I switched camera brands. I have never been happy with the results from its replacement, even though that replacement was double... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamron AF 90mm macro lens
This lens is great for close up photography and portraits, it is lightweight and has fast focussing at a great affordable price
Published 5 months ago by Alexander Ramsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamron AF 90
Arrived well packed and within time estimate. Fits solidly onto my Canon 7D and no looseness. Am using it now during the winter months for indoor macro re personalized cards to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Inva
5.0 out of 5 stars Top lens in its bracket
performs as good as any lens in my bag and a fraction of the price of lenses from branded camera manufacturers. Read more
Published 7 months ago by superwull66
5.0 out of 5 stars initial finding are impressive to say the least !
Got this for my Nikon D90 and my kids D3000 and D3100. Initial finding are very favourable. Great build quality yet light-ish, nice controla and pretty good focussing all round. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Johan RF
5.0 out of 5 stars simply one of the best
superb at any price. stunning image quality. reasonably good build quality especially considering the price. perhaps a little slow on focus but that is a really minor niggle.
Published 9 months ago by charles bracewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Would recommend this product. Produces clear, sharp images. Smooth in manual focus - excellent lens for both macro and portraits.
Published 11 months ago by Steve Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful lens
Why pay a shedload more on a Nikon lens when you can get one as good as this for a good price
Published 12 months ago by Ken Fluck
4.0 out of 5 stars love it
Great lens with great clarity and bokeh. Easy to manage and good for use hand held. a little bit on the heavy side but well worth it for the price.
Published 12 months ago by heather b
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