Tamron may not have been able to reach the same popularity as the other camera lens brands, but when it comes to their 90mm macro lens, it becomes a David vs. Goliath competition, with the smaller company putting up a good fight against its competitors.
Tamron outdid themselves with their latest Tamron 90mm f/2.8 lens, thanks to its affordability, superior Bokeh handling, and optical performance. This Tamron 90mm f/2.8 review is to help prospective buyers decide if this lens is worth getting or not.
Here are a few photos I took with the Tamron 90mm lens:
Features of the Tamron Macro Lens
Here are some of the most noticeable features I found when shooting with the Tamron 90mm macro lens.
- Di technology. Di technology refers to the technology Tamron developed for their lens in order for these to meet the power and performance of SLR cameras. Combine Di technology with Tamron’s highly lauded 90mm lens development and you have a winner in your hands with this device, according to the typical Tamron 90mm f/2.8 user.
- Macro lens. Duh! You can read in multiple Tamron 90mm f/2.8 reviews, and from my own experience as well, that the main selling point of this lens is its usefulness in macro photography, allowing photographers to take the clearest images of the teeniest subjects. If you love taking photos of creepy-crawlies, you can equip this lens to capture every detail of your subject, right down to every hair and antennae in its tiny body.
- Bokeh. Tamron has always excelled in Bokeh (lens handling of out-of-focus areas), and this lens isn’t an exception. The 90mm f/2.8 lens is able to focus on the subject sharply while setting it up beautifully against a softer background.
- Nine aperture blades. The Tamron 90mm f/2.8 has 9 aperture blades, and it provides a maximum of magnification of 1:1, making for clear and distinctive photos.
- Lightweight. Nature photographers may find themselves braving the elements and wrestling with Mother Nature herself just so they can take excellent photos. Tamron knows full well what photographers are willing to do in order to get that perfect shot, which is why they made the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 lens as lightweight and as compact as possible without sacrificing image quality.
- Manual focus. This lens comes equipped with autofocus, but for photography purists who disdain AF, the lens also comes with manual focus. What’s good about the focus ring of the lens is that it’s nicely sized and smooth, making it easy for photographers to tweak with it on the spot. Switching between manual and auto-focus is done by moving the focus ring back and forth in order to trigger the focus clutch mechanism. The lens also comes with Infinity focus to give users more options when taking their photos.
- Decent distance. While the lens may have been built for macro images, it also does a decent job in taking photos from a distance. As for closer distances, it’s worth noting that the length of the lens grows significantly the closer your subject is.
Is the Tamron 90mm Macro Lens Worth the Hype?
I love my Tamron 90mm f/2.8, it’s a pretty handy lens to have, especially for professional nature photographers who know the full value of having a functional macro lens that allows them to focus on practically every hair and leg of a centipede. While the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 lens can deliver, it does have its own downsides. Some issues that were raised by some users (and myself) include:
- Slow AF. The biggest issue some users had with the camera is that its AF is pretty slow, given its tendency to do focus hunting.
- Clicking sounds. Switching between AF and manual focus produces a distinct clicking noise, which may not be that helpful if you’re taking photographs of skittish subjects.
- Too much extension. The lens extends significantly when you focus on closer subjects, making it somewhat challenging to wield the camera without bumping into anything at close quarters.
- Fixed position of the hood and back cap. Like other Tamron lenses, the 90mm f/2.8 lens only has one position for the hood and the back cap to be attached to the lens, which can be difficult to arrange in some instances.
While these factors may be noticeable to professional photographers who are no strangers when it comes to handling macro lens with their cameras (at least, according to some user reviews of this macro lens), these problems aren’t enough to call the Tamron 90mm f/28 a flawed beauty.
As you can see in this review and other Tamron 90mm f/2.8 reviews, these so-called flaws won’t really affect the quality of the images that you’re taking, and with a few minor adjustments, you will be able to go around these issues so that these won’t bother you.
I hope this Tamron 90mm f/2.8 review shows users just how much of a heavy hitter the lens is when it comes to macro photography, with these features definitely overpowering the minor issues the lens comes with. Combine the powerful features of the lens with its affordable price tag and you definitely get a lens that even the most critical photographers won’t mind investing in.
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