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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR USA

You Pay: $499.00

The 90mm f/2.8 macro lens boasts high resolving power and sharp image depiction with ideal background blur, making it the ideal lens for close-up and portrait photography. With emphasis on portability, this macro lens is compact and lightweight. A wide, smooth focusing ring makes delicate manual focusing in the macro mode easy and precise.

Di (Digitally Integrated Design) is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to also meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras. The "Di" design is achieved by applying a new optical multi-coating to its element surfaces.

As part of the SP series, this is a high-performance lens featuring high design specifications.

Provides life-size 1:1 macro images
Ideal as portrait lens
"Di" design optimized for digital and photo cameras
Performance
Focal Length 90mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 27°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.4" (28.96 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 10/9
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.8 x 3.8" (7.11 x 9.65 cm)
Weight 14.29 oz (405 g)
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR
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    TamronSP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR
     
    4.9

    (based on 51 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (31)
    • Consistent output (27)
    • Lightweight (27)
    • Easily interchangeable (26)
    • Durable (22)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (8)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (29)
    • Low light (12)
    • Wildlife photos (11)
    • Weddings (10)
    • Landscape/scenery (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (9), Enthusiast (8), Casual photographer (4)
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    5.0

    Wonderful lens!

    By Bev

    from Tennessee

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

      I bought this and used for a wedding and my pictures turned out great! They are crisp and clear. I would recommend this product.

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      5.0

      Great Macro lens & all outdoor lens

      By Trisha

      from wisconsin

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Tough To Attach

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

      Great lens I just love it. Fast and sharp. Love,love,love the macro shots I can get with it. Only con is when you do the macro it's easier to do it in M mode.

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      5.0

      A keeper

      By anuran

      from Fargo, ND

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

        For those with a lust for the macros, this lens is an essential. I got this for use on my A7 (with a LA-EA3 adapter) and surprisingly it has not come off the camera since I got it. A moderate telephoto, an excellent macro lens and a superb portrait lens seems to be the combination that I have been searching for. From all the images that I have obtained with this lens till date, I notice that it is extremely sharp at just about all apertures. The lens is quite well built and feels sturdy. Bottom line, this is a must have macro and portrait lens on any camera. Well priced and great delivery from B&H.

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        5.0

        Careful when using with an A77V.

        By PhotoPro

        from Montreal, Quebec

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

            A beautiful lens so far. Images are super sharp and focus seems to be instant.

            One thing with this particular lens though, as compared to other Tamron's, is when you use it with the Sony A77V. The AF/MF switch on the lens doesn't work the same way as other lenses with an AF/MF switch. ie: With this particular lens, you must switch the selection knob on the camera to MF when using the MF mode on the lens. Not doing so seems to not engage the MF mode and if using the camera's Focus Highlight mode, it does not work unless the camera's switch is set to MF. You don't have to do this with other Tamron lenses. I'm curious to know if anyone else has discovered this.

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            5.0

            You want it !!

            By Gaulois 55

            from Kaufman, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Sharp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Portrait

              Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

              At random : compact, lightweight, sharp and crisp, quiet, good autofocus( not always the fastest w/ patterns ) switch to manual is easy, Low light friendly. I use it on a Sony Alpha 77 and have not used it extensively yet but I took as many different pics. as I could. Macro is really impressive and you will see on your PC screen things you didn't know were in the shot!! It has earned a permanent spot in my bag.

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              5.0

              If you buy a macro lens, buy this one!

              By AndrewP

              from Xenia, OH

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                Excellent lens for the price. If you are going to buy a macro, this is the one you should buy. The 90mm enables you to get close without the need of a flash. The images are very sharp and I can't wait to use this more in the spring taking pictures of flowers and stuff.

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                5.0

                Excellent lens

                By Sree

                from Fargo<ND

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                Macro photography--excellent quality images.
                poor results with low lighting, but a very good lens for routine use.
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                5.0

                Great Macro!!

                By MedicineMan4040

                from Roan Mountain TN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                  My first real macro lens and it's a winner. I'm a beekeeper so it is natural to want to shoot bees. My first attempt was OK but my second produced a winner in my eyes. Using this lens on a Sony a77.

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                  4.0

                  Slow focus

                  By Bob

                  from Okinawa, Japan

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good IQ
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                  This lens is very slow to focus and tends to hunt a lot. When it does get on the pictures are great though.

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                  4.0

                  Great Macro lens!

                  By Glass Eye

                  from Indianapolis, Indiana

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • SHARP SHARP SHARP
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                    Very sharp Macro lens. Fast and very bright. Good all around medium telephoto. Pollycarbonate construction is a plus for light weight, but it *is* plastic. Build is OK, but not quite up to pro-quality. But the output is as good as any lens at any price.

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                    5.0

                    First macro/prime lens

                    By Bngreen

                    from Sunnyside, WA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                      I love this lens it gives great detail to my close up shots of flowers, and is very sharp and fast lens, most people complain about the slow auto focus but i find it to be quite fast.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By bassoffreefall

                      from Pittsburgh, PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                        I got this lens for my sony a700. Perfectly compatible and easy to attach. A great lens for its price range.

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                        5.0

                        My sharpest lens

                        By cman

                        from Bastrop,Tx

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                          Excellent lens. Sharp, great color. Not bad AF considering it's a Macro lens. I've used it for Macro's and portraits and anything else that I can use a 90mm for. Well worth the money. Plastic construction but I've never had a problem with durability, in the 3yrs I've owned it it has always been reliable, and I use it alot. I can't really find any con to mention.

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                          5.0

                          I would buy from B&H over and over agai

                          By Judyhholmes

                          from Trenton, SC

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                            I LOVE macro photography and this lens has helped me take some awesome photographs. I ordered this on a Sunday and by Wednesday I had it! I can't think of anything NOT great about this lens.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent macro lens-also portrat 93m2.0

                            By Photobug 1

                            from Boston

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Night Photography
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                              Very sharp

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                              5.0

                              Scary

                              By Zensphere

                              from San Mateo, CA.

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                                  I used this in Portraiture connected to a Sony a850 and had jaw dropping results instantly. The 90mm is the perfect depth of field effect compared to 105 or 150. And sharpness, off the charts! Women models older than 20 will hate this lens. And thank you B&H for saying that you will deliver on February 20th which I didn't think you realized was a holiday and sure enough, it came that day. Great experience all around.

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing clarity, Great value!

                                  By Tim Selman

                                  from Florida

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                                    I did some research when I purchased this lens, and looked at the images that people were getting. For me it was a bit of an investment and I wanted it to live up to what it was advertised to do. It was sent well packaged and quick... that day I tied it out! Very Happy with this product, it produces a fine crisp image in Macro or as a nice medium telephoto... it's fast and one of the best lens I own. Would recomend this to anyone that cares about the image quality they get. Also color saturation seems to be inhanced, a nice plus! Great for studio work as well, love it!

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                                    5.0

                                    Awesome image Quality! Very good choice

                                    By Tim Photastic

                                    from Tampa, Florida

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Crisp Optics
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                                      Very happy I looked around a bit before I made a choice. For me it was a costly investment, and I hate to make a mistake. BUT, VERY happy with this lens. I wanted it for the Macro it offers, but it is amazing in the general optic quality in all applications. Some say it focuses slow, however for studio work it seems very good, and for macro you will use manual anyway. It's a must for your lens collection.

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                                      5.0

                                      Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens

                                      By Phil

                                      from Panama

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Macro Photography

                                        Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                                        Nice sharp pictures, quick autofocus, and design for macro work. Now using it with a ring flash whioch conveniently screws into the front filter ring of the lens.

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                                        4.0

                                        Macro is great

                                        By Jere

                                        from Apple valley, MN

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Nice Bokeh

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Macro Photography
                                          • Wildlife Photos

                                          Comments about Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR:

                                          A very good sharp lens

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