Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 SP Di macro (Nikon mount) - Review / Lab Test Report
Lens Reviews -
Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)
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Lens kindly provided for testing purposes by Julio M. Alperi Gonzalez!
The Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP macro is a recent update to the highly popular AF 90mm f/2.8 SP macro.
The lens is a designated Di (Digitally Integrated) lens which refers to an optimized lens
design for image sensors specially regarding chromatic aberrations (CAs). Tamron also improved the
coating of the lens elements to take care of the more pronounced reflections from the image sensor.
The lens belongs to Tamron's SP (Super Performance) line up indicating a
professional grade lens similar to Sigma's EX lenses.
On the D200 (used for testing) the field-of-view is equivalent to about 135mm
on full format cameras. The primary application of the lens is, obviously, macro photography
but it's not limited to that - infinity focus is possible.
Note: the product images above show the Canon variant of the lens
The build quality is very good with an exceptionally smooth but little damped
focus ring. Typical for most macro lenses the length of the lens increases substantially
when focusing towards closer distances.
The front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is not problem.
Besides the lens and a soft-bag the lens package also includes a lens hood but this is really
a strictly optional accessory item because the front element resides deep within the
lens (about 2cm below the front) making it a little hard to clean the front element of the lens.
Switching between manual- and auto-focus is possible via a focus clutch mechanism by moving the
focus ring back and forth. This can be done in any focus position. Quite nice actually
(Canon & Nikon only. On Sony and Pentax DSLRs it is a two-step process).
Typical for most conventional lenses in Nikon mount the Tamron has no internal
AF motor and relies on a slotted drive screw operated by the camera. As a result
the AF generates a moderate degree of noise. The AF speed is Ok but unless you use the
lens for macro photography it is a good idea to take advantage of the focus limiter
in order to avoid excessive AF hunting throughout the focus range.
|Optical construction||12 elements in 9 groups|
|Number of aperture blades||9|
|min. focus distance||0.29m (max. magnification ratio 1:1)|
|Filter size||55mm (non-rotating)|
|Hood||Barrel shaped (supplied)|
|Other features||One-touch focus clutch. Focus limiter.|