Extend your creative opportunities with this well-specced Tamron Macro lens.
The 90mm f/2.8 Di USD VC updates Tamron’s ‘classic’ 90mm macro, and comes bursting with new features. It comes in Nikon, Canon and Sony mounts and fits APS-C and full-frame D-SLRs, although the Sony version doesn’t feature Vibration Compensation (VC) due to the built-in IS in Sony bodies.
New features include a moisture resistant build, and an optical construction of 14 elements in 11 groups, boasting XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Colour Dispersion) elements to compensate for chromatic aberration. A constant aperture range of f/2.8-32 is also featured (this lost two stops on the older 90mm when focused at 1:1).
An Ultrasonic Drive (USD) and Internal Focusing (IF) are welcome features, and we found the lens to be quiet in action. Its AF was quick at finding our subject. The focus ring was also a good size, providing us with plenty of purchase, and felt smooth in operation. The limiter also helps speed up operation depending on your subject’s distance.
The Tamron 90mm f/2.8’s VC system claims sharp shots at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than usual and in testing we certainly found it to be a useful feature for handheld shots in less than perfect lighting.
Weighing in at 550g, the Tamron 90mm isn’t a lightweight, but it’s still significantly lighter than some and it certainly felt better balanced when fitted to our Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera.
The Tamron 90mm is a great lens that offers lots of scope for creative work. We enjoyed the flexibility of its constant minimum and maximum apertures and the large manual focusing ring performed really smoothly. It also packed in plenty of advanced features, with its UltraSonic Drive allowing near-silent AF and Vibration Compensation function bagging sharper shots, while the build felt nicely balanced with our test camera.
- Street price: £349 (As of July 2016)
- Full frame: Yes
- Lens mounts: Nikon, Canon and Sony
- Max. Aperture: f/2.8
- Min. Aperture: f/32
- Minimum focusing distance: 300mm
- Filter thread size: 58mm
- Dimensions: 76.4x122.9mm
- Weight: 550g
- Visit: www.tamron.eu/uk
This review was first published in the August 2013 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.