Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP Di II LD [IF] macro (Canon) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Shots

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 7D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/8s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 7D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/25s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 7D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/25s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 7D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/100s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 7D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/80s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 7D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure 0.4s

Verdict

The Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP Di II macro is an attractive lens for various reasons. There is, of course, the very large max. aperture of f/2 which should be usually fast enough to replace a conventional 50mm f/1.8 lens for low light and shallow depth-of-field photography. While not being an "Uberlens" at f/2 it's certainly "good enough" here. The center and border quality is very high from f/2.8 to f/5.6. Diffraction effects decrease the performance somewhat earlier than expected - f/16 is already a borderline setting - leading to the conclusion that the effective aperture is actually a little smaller than specified. The amount of vignetting at f/2 can be somewhat disturbing in critical scenes but it's not really an issue at other apertures. Lateral CAs aren't really relevant as is the level of barrel distortions. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is pleasing from a field perspective.

The good build quality of the Tamron is supplemented by the constant physical length (internal focusing). Unlike most other Tamron lenses the focus ring does not rotate in AF mode - more of this please! The designers did also implement an FTM (full time manual focusing) mechanism which is a novelty for Tamron. Previous Tamron macro lenses feature a focus clutch mechanism which handles somewhat awkward in comparison. The AF of the lens operates fairly fast and accurate but it's still relying on a comparatively noisy micro-motor rather than on an ultrasonic drive. The lack of a focus limiter is a bit strange for a dedicated macro lens. The pricing of the Tamron AF 60mm f/2 SP is pretty attractive. Despite its nominally faster speed it matches the price of the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM macro. Another competitor is the Sigma AF 70mm f/2.8 DG HSM macro which adds a full format image circle over the two other lenses though.

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