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Tamron90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF
 
4.5

(based on 165 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (103)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (107)
  • Consistent output (106)
  • Lightweight (99)
  • Easily interchangeable (90)
  • Nice bokeh (63)

Cons

  • Slow focus (42)
  • Difficult to clean (9)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (102)
  • Portraits (30)
  • Low light (24)
  • Weddings (22)
  • Landscape/scenery (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (65), Enthusiast (34), Semi-pro photographer (25), Casual photographer (14), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (88), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens

I'd first like to thank the other reviewers here for their precise and comprehensive analyses of this lens. Your comments were very instrumental in my deciding to purchase this lens, and I'm VERY glad...Read complete review

I'd first like to thank the other reviewers here for their precise and comprehensive analyses of this lens. Your comments were very instrumental in my deciding to purchase this lens, and I'm VERY glad I did! My experience with this superb optic has been identical to most of yours; likewise my opinion of this product, as well. So much so that in place of a lengthy and verbose review of my own (and I fully intended to write one, too!), I'll simply say "Ditto!" , with just a few added comments:

1. This lens is not only sharper than the Nikon 105 2.8 micro, but it's MUCH sharper!

2. Overall IQ, in my opinion, is superior to the 105 2.8 Nikkor in every way that matters to me...color, contrast, raw resolution and fine detail, brightness and color saturation, a complete absence of any and all linear distortions, freedom from purple fringing and lower secondary chromatic aberations. And need I even mention its substantially better rendering of out of focus elements within the frame, or bokeh as it's often called.

3. Build quality (which cost Tamron that highly coveted "5th star") is just barely adequate, reminiscent more of Nikons 55-200 kit lens rather than their micro-nikkors, but I'm more than willing to live with it's flimsy construction in exchange for its absolutly stellar image quality. I'm just going to have to be very, very careful how I handle, transport, and store it. Consider her, if you will, as one might the movement of a fine Patek Phillipe timepiece...fragile, but of utterly stunning, worrd class performance.
This one shortcoming notwithstanding, I would opt for this lens every time!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Soft at distance

My 90mm Tamron took crisp, detailed macros, but images were soft outside that range. Also, I had trouble with the contacts, every once in awhile the lens needed to be remounted to...Read complete review

My 90mm Tamron took crisp, detailed macros, but images were soft outside that range. Also, I had trouble with the contacts, every once in awhile the lens needed to be remounted to get it to talk to my Nikon D90. I have a similar problem with my Tammy 17-50mm and didn't want another such lens in my bag. [...]

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5.0

I took a gamble and it paid off. Love it

By stevotomo

from UK.

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

    Fantastic macro pictures. Flowers, insects and wherever your imagination takes you.
    Smooth motor, easy to use.
    I also use a Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM for the Canon 600D. The results from the 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens on the NIKON D5100 completely match the quality of the Canon, I would also say easier to use. Love the lens.

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    4.0

    Great lens

    By sgreathouse

    from Louisville, KY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

      I used this at a wedding during the brides hair and make-up and for the detail shots. The quality is fantastic and I love the compression with this macro.
      I need to do some research to see why at times it would not open all the way up to 2.8. I thought that a lens would say 2.8-4 or 4-5.6 if there were variances. I didn't need 2.8 when it happened, so it didn't affect the work, quality or look I was going for.
      I loved the M and AF focus option by pushing out or pulling in the lens. That is Very handy with a macro.

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      5.0

      Sharp & Forgiving Macro Lens

      By AuvergneArt1

      from Boise, Idaho

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Easy to understand
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Fixed Aperature F28
      • Great price
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Powerful Specs
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

        Originally I bought this lens for my wife as she adores and is a wonderul Macro photographer. Creating art is how she explains it. This lens which we received in superb condition with state of the art packaging, excellent delivery time, on schedule and delivers photographs of flowers and their detail beautifully.

        Full & Limit button (Limit will focus between 11.4" and 17.7" and Infinity. Full range autofocus in Full setting.

        Overall, an outstanding Macro lens!

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        • No

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        4.0

        Ignore negative reviews!

        By NikonGuy56

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

          I acquired this lens through a friend that got it and never used it for $250. Which is a steal in my opinion but I couldn't argue with him. I have been using this lens for 2 years now with no issues what so ever on my D-7000 and D-300. I am an avid adventurist traveling all over the lower 48 and this lens holds up very nicely. Im big into insects and usually shoot at or above F8 with very elegant DOF. F2.8 is okay but get ready for a photo that is sharp on one single plain. I recommend flash is free handing which I do most of, insects are not to fond of tripods.

          This lens is an all around great lens!

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          5.0

          Awesome lens

          By Jack

          from Scenery Hill, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                Although I haven't taken a lot of photos, what I have taken are very clear & crisp. I love the macro photos taken with it on my D600

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                • No

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                5.0

                Very Good Lens.

                By buddy343

                from boston

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                  So far very happy with this lens,have done some macro
                  and portrait with very good results.

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                  5.0

                  Good price for sharpness.

                  By Razee

                  from Oslo, Norway

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Clean
                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                  Slightly slow autofocus but in return it is very good optically for the price.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  I would buy this product again.

                  By Louise

                  from Freehold, NJ

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                    I have always loved macro photography. The short time I have owned this, I used it for close ups of flowers. I look forward to when the weather breaks to use it outdoors. I like the ease of switching from manual to auto focus. It does not go onto my Nikon camera as easily as the Nikon lenses but it does go one fairly smoothly and I have not had a problem with that.

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                    5.0

                    Works Well

                    By Greg

                    from Maryland

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                      I got it about a month ago. I have been taking photos of older B&W photos using a tripod and a Nikon D800. It is critical to keep it still and I have to use the mirror up to keep camera shake down. I have been able to make sharp copies of old family photos. It seems to do a better job than a flatbed scanner. I mostly use manual focus.

                      Works well for portraits too.

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                      5.0

                      Very nice macro lens

                      By nc

                      from St. Clair, MI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                        This lens is great for macro photography and can also be used as a normal 90mm lens. Good quality for the price and great picture quality. It fills the gap between the shorter and longer size macro lens on the market and is an ideal lens for the photographer that doesn't want to haul the much bigger and heavier 180mm macro around. Fits in a backpack without adding a lot of weight. Would definitely recommend this lens to anyone wanting an all-around macro that is good in a wide range of conditions. Can also be used with a tele-extender for even closer macro shots.

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                        4.0

                        First non Nikon

                        By Surfingcharon

                        from San Diego

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Affordable Macro
                        • Consistent Output
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                          Debabted this over the Nikon 105mm and couldn't justify the additional money for the few times I'll shoot macro. So far the lens is very capable and sharp.

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                          5.0

                          Good Lens

                          By Lizzie

                          from Charlotte, NC

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                          I have just received my lens, but have been thrilled with the quality so far. My first macro lens, so lots to learn, but very happy so far. Auto-focus is a little slow, but I knew that going in.

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                          4.0

                          Really nice lens

                          By Jutes

                          from Hartford vermont

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                            I am enjoying taking pics of everything I can with this macro. It gives a sharp image. I am very satisfied with this lens

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                            5.0

                            Sharp, light weight, happy about this

                            By Mary Jane

                            from Bethlehem,PA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                              Nice macro and portrait lens, Nice smooth bokeh at large aperture (at small f numbers ). Fast AF for portrait shots, slow AF for Macro. Relatively light weight compared to other similar products. Till now, no issue with the build quality. Happy about the product.

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                              5.0

                              Wish I'd bought one years ago.

                              By Mountain Man Mike

                              from Winchester, Ks.

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                                Bought this as a gift for my wife, but we all love it. It's got great sharpness and speed and extremly easy to handle. My wife and I use it on a D300 and my daughter uses it on her D3100 primarly as a macro and at 1:1 it's great. But it also works well as a potrait lens and for weddings. Definatley can't beat the quality for the price.

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                                • Yes

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                                4.0

                                Wonderful Lens

                                By Canon 40D

                                from Orting Washington

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                                I purchased this lens about a month ago and I read the pros and cons on product before buying.the lens is slow to focus in auto and I use manual focus most of the time when using this product. The images produced by this lens are wonderful ans very stunning. This lens is a good buy for the price and great images. Buy it

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                                5.0

                                This is a fantastic lens!

                                By web.enterprises

                                from Saratoga, CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Very Sharp

                                Cons

                                • NONE

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                                I have been looking for a macro lens for some time and have undertaken a lot of comparison shopping with other lenses. I have used this lens on some very close-up photography and get great clarity and depth of field. I only wish that I purchased it before.

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                                5.0

                                One of our new go-to lenses for portrait

                                By Rob K

                                from Spokane WA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                                    We've only used the lens on a few shoots but have been very happy with it. We were looking at the Nikon 85mm prime for portraits and saw this had good reviews, and looked like it stacked up well.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great lens for the price

                                    By steve

                                    from Franklin, TN

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Rugged

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow Focus

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                                    This lens is a fantastic value when compared with the Nikon lenses in this category. Great price and feels a lot more solid than what I was expecting.

                                    If I could rate it 4.5, I would; it's not without its flaws.

                                    Pros:
                                    It's my first f/2.8 lens. I own a D80 with the cheap kit lens (18-55 1:3.5-5.6) and a 55-200 1:4-5.6. This lens feels much more solid and produces much better results than either of my other two lenses. Obviously I use them for different applications.

                                    Produces absolutely stunning portraits. Great color and contrast, beautiful bokeh.

                                    Cons:
                                    For macro shots, I'm still struggling with the DOF, because it's virtually non-existant. I'm not sure if that's physics, skill level or lens...

                                    As others have mentioned, the method of switching between AF and Manual is not very intuitive, but it doesn't make any less sense than a AF/M switch on the lens, I guess. You slide the focus ring forward (away from the camera body) to switch to AF, and back toward the camera body to switch back to manual. Not really a con, but certainly not a pro.

                                    Also, Don't be mislead by the fact that the lens is branded with f/2.8. According to the display on my camera and the EXIF information, It's only f/2.8 when focusing at close to infinity. When you're focusing at the minimum distance the best you can get is f/5.6.

                                    All that being said, I would definitely recommend it. Highly.

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                                    5.0

                                    Awesome Macro Capability

                                    By BKHS

                                    from Madison, WI

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • High quality images
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Limited in Low Light
                                    • Slow autofocus

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Tripod supercool shots
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro Lens for Nikon AF:

                                    I really dig this lens.
                                    I did lots of research before buying, and remain happy with my choice. I'm a little-bit of a tech-photographer and I enjoy the range that this lens offers. It features a dial on the side; "full/limit," which allows you to go from 1:1 macro (.29m) to portrait shots by altering the focal distance. It IS a specialty lens, and there's a lot of fiddling with it at first to get used to the functionality.
                                    The focal plane at 2.8 is as sharp as a knife, with great bokeh. I'm what you would call a "pixel-peeper," so if clarity and sharpness with little aberration is what you desire, this lens is the one.
                                    My only concern is the auto-focus acts a little erratic in certain situations with low light. I'm usually trying to do something really taxing with it when I notice this, so just revert back to manual. This would bug me if it were a lens that I were using to photograph sports for example, where every millisecond counts.
                                    I didn't try it next to the Nikon 105mm, but for the price, and 6 year guarantee, I'd go with Tamron any day. Very pleased. Please give me free stuff for my humble opinion. ;)

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