The Tamron 60mm f/2 Di II LD (IF) is a third-party macro lens available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.
Designed for APS-C sized sensors rather than full-frame D-SLRs, the Tamron 60mm f/2 Di II LD (IF) Macro is a 90mm lens in film terms with any Nikon or Sony camera employing the 1.5x crop factor, and a 96mm on Canon.
It’s a fast lens o with its maximum f/2 aperture and, like its Canon and Nikon rivals, features an internal focusing (IF) system, so the front element remains fixed in position and doesn’t extend or rotate while focusing.
The design is fairly simple, uncluttered and modern, and sports a large manual focus ring similar in size to Nikon’s.
Unfortunately our test model didn’t offer a smooth, fluid motion and had some slack, which made it harder and more time-consuming to find the sweet spot of focus when tweaking it manually. Flicking the focus switch to AF we discovered that without Tamron’s Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) motor the lens whirs a fair bit and after prolonged use we found the AF performance couldn’t match the accuracy or speed that some of its rivals can offer. It features a minimum focus distance of 23cm, weighs 400g and has a 55mm thread for filters and adapters.
- Street price: £299 (As of July 2016)
- Dimensions: 73x80mm
- Weight: 390g
- Visit: www.tamron.eu/uk
This review was first published in the February 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.