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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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Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
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Dimensions 9.7 cm x 7.1 cm x 7.1 cm 7.8 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.8 cm 12.3 cm x 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm 7.8 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.8 cm
Item Weight 404 g 1.1 kg 549 g 1.1 kg
Model Year 2007 2012 2012 2012
Mounting Canonbayonet nikon Canon EF / EF-S canon
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  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 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 (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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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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By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 9 Dec. 2012
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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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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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What you waiting for? Get it before it's discontinued! The newer version isn't actually better, it's just made differently (cheaper!), and the VR (vibration reduction) it offers is simply down to a sleeker focusing motor, which is really irrelevent to a lens like this, where manual focus is essential. The 90mm (in full frame format) was once considered optimal for portraiture (head and shoulders filling frame are aesthetically represented in 3D without telescopic compression), but stepping outside the pigeonhole turns this into a landscape detail lens and a close-up macro. If you're used to zoom lenses to frame yourt shots you'll miss the whole point here: this lens makes you walk around your subject getting the best frame the old fashioned way, which is better. You'll take less bad "record" pics and more good "arty" ones. Used with the current slew of half-frame DSLRs, the effective view is 135mm -- in years past considered the perfect medium telephoto for candids and details. Best of both worlds in one fixed prime lens!
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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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