Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 SP Di macro (Nikon mount) - Review / Lab Test Report - Analysis
Lens Reviews -
Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)
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As to be expected from a fix-focal lens and especially from a macro lens the level of distortions is
The chart above has a real-world size of about 120x80cm.
The Tamron is a full format lens and enjoys a sweet spot advantage on the Nikon D200 (APS-C DSLR).
At f/2.8 the lens exhibits only marginal vignetting (0.38EV) which is hardly field relevant.
From f/4 & up the issue is absolutely negligible.
Typical for most macro lenses the Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP macro performed great in the MTF lab.
The lens is already excellent in the center at wide-open aperture with marginally worse corners.
The lens reaches its peak performance at f/5.6. Beyond f/8 diffraction is the limiting factor - a
physical barrier where no smart lens design can help. Generally you should avoid stopping down
Below is a simplified summary of the formal findings. The chart shows in line widths per picture height (LW/PH)
which can be taken as a measure for sharpness. If you want to know more about it you may check out the corresponding
Chromatic Aberrations (CAs)
Similar to most other fix-focal lenses chromatic aberrations (color shadows at harsh contrast transitions) are
quite low and usually nothing to worry about.
The Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 SP Di is a superb lens without any significant flaws and it's easily
as good as the corresponding (classic) Micro-Nikkor - the resolution figures are extremely
high, vignetting is marginal, CAs are low and distortions are non-existent. The build quality
may be slightly inferior in comparison to the Nikkor but then the price tag is also substantially
lower so the verdict can only be - HIGHLY recommended!