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TamronSP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Pentax AF
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

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    (19)

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    (13)

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    (2)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (21)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Consistent output (17)
  • Durable (14)
  • Nice bokeh (11)

Cons

  • Slow focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (15)
  • General purpose (6)
  • Portraits (6)
  • Macro and portraits (4)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Enthusiast (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great macro lens!

I bought this lens to allow me to take good macro photos. Previously I used the close focusing abilities of my Tamron 17-50mm and Tamron 70-200mm and Tamron 35-210mm lenses. The...Read complete review

I bought this lens to allow me to take good macro photos. Previously I used the close focusing abilities of my Tamron 17-50mm and Tamron 70-200mm and Tamron 35-210mm lenses. The Tamron 90mm lens is a big step forward! I have had the lens only a few weeks, but recently spent a weekend trying it out for close up shots of flowers and plants.
Things I like about it:
1. a nice bright lens which makes it easy to manually focus on very small things -- I have been pleased with the results
2. the range of focus is incredible -- you can position the camera relative to the object and focus, decide on whether you want a larger image, reposition and refocus
3. while I normally use manual focus for macro shots, I did try autofocus for a medium distance photo of a cherry blossom. There was wind and the blossom was moving, and difficult to focus manually, but the autofocus shot came out very nice and sharp
4. the lens produces macro shots that are much sharper than ones taken with the "macro" setting of one of my other lenses and then cropped
5. the lens is light and compact (my camera bag is getting full!) and works in a way similar to my other Tamron lenses.
Things that aren't so great about it:
1. I was hoping to use it as a portrait lens also. While I have not completed my testing of it for this purpose, I feel that it is not as sharp as my Pentax 50mm f/1.4 prime lens for the purpose. This is the reason I have given 4 stars instead of 5.

It takes some getting used to not having a zoom! Some trial and error is required to get the camera close enough to the object to obtain the size of image desired. It also takes some trial and error to choose the right aperture for adequate depth of field and shutter speed high enough if there is wind. I almost always use a tripod, and when taking macro shots you find yourself close to the ground. Sometimes you have to use live view to focus since the camera is too low to the ground to get your head there. I use a kneeling pad to help get close to the ground.

In summary, a great lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No Quality Control?

Not a bad lens, overall, BUT...
After about a year of use, I am somewhat disappointed in the 90mm. The level of detail shown is acceptable, but micro-contrast is...Read complete review

Not a bad lens, overall, BUT...
After about a year of use, I am somewhat disappointed in the 90mm. The level of detail shown is acceptable, but micro-contrast is surprisingly low and images require considerable sharpening to look decent. OK, it's not a Pentax 100mm. The biggest problem with the lens is that it will not focus at infinity. Never mind the focus limiter, the barrel simply will not turn far enought to focus at infinity (not the marking, I mean actual infinity - as in sharp at the focal plane focus). That is very strange since many lenses can actually focus slightly beyond infinity. Perhaps Tamron's relatively low prices are a result of too many shortcuts?

Jeff

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5.0

Crystal Clear

By Jay

from Orlando, FL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography

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

    I bought the 90mm Sigma for my Pentax K-r for when I go to Epcot's Flower and Garden. I love the clear photos, and how close things appear. I am no pro, but the speed on focusing on items is quick. I have not tried it on portraits yet, but I will!!

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    5.0

    Great Macro Lens for a Great Price

    By Photobraphy by Day Studio

    from Greater Cincinnati Area

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Difficult to Clean

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I was surprised at how well this lens works! Fits great on my K-R, not too heavy or cumbersome.

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    3.0

    No Quality Control?

    By Pentax 4 decades

    from northern IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography

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

    Not a bad lens, overall, BUT...
    After about a year of use, I am somewhat disappointed in the 90mm. The level of detail shown is acceptable, but micro-contrast is surprisingly low and images require considerable sharpening to look decent. OK, it's not a Pentax 100mm. The biggest problem with the lens is that it will not focus at infinity. Never mind the focus limiter, the barrel simply will not turn far enought to focus at infinity (not the marking, I mean actual infinity - as in sharp at the focal plane focus). That is very strange since many lenses can actually focus slightly beyond infinity. Perhaps Tamron's relatively low prices are a result of too many shortcuts?

    Jeff

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    • No

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    5.0

    Good lens, clear images

    By Peter

    from Jackson, WI

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      This lens I purchased to replace an older one of the same model/make and it is much cleaner in images. I am impressed with clarity and clean image.

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      4.0

      Great value

      By Mark57

      from Sydney, Australia

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

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

        This is my first dedicated macro lens, and makes me wonder why I took so long to buy one. Used with Pentax K10d / K7, the output is far better than I expected.

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        5.0

        Sharp and accurate focus

        By kami

        from Iowa

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          It is sharp and focus speed is good. Changing between auto and manual focus is not as bad as some say. Mine had a rattling sound when moved and I replaced it, but there are many reviews online that say about this rattling sound and say it is normal!?! . Front element is recessed a lot so I do not think hood is needed at all. It comes with pouch. It is not stabilized so Pentax and Sony cameras have the advantage with this lens.

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          4.0

          A great macro lens!

          By bvansnell

          from Vancouver, BC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright Lens
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Good autofocus
          • Good range of focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          I bought this lens to allow me to take good macro photos. Previously I used the close focusing abilities of my Tamron 17-50mm and Tamron 70-200mm and Tamron 35-210mm lenses. The Tamron 90mm lens is a big step forward! I have had the lens only a few weeks, but recently spent a weekend trying it out for close up shots of flowers and plants.
          Things I like about it:
          1. a nice bright lens which makes it easy to manually focus on very small things -- I have been pleased with the results
          2. the range of focus is incredible -- you can position the camera relative to the object and focus, decide on whether you want a larger image, reposition and refocus
          3. while I normally use manual focus for macro shots, I did try autofocus for a medium distance photo of a cherry blossom. There was wind and the blossom was moving, and difficult to focus manually, but the autofocus shot came out very nice and sharp
          4. the lens produces macro shots that are much sharper than ones taken with the "macro" setting of one of my other lenses and then cropped
          5. the lens is light and compact (my camera bag is getting full!) and works in a way similar to my other Tamron lenses.
          Things that aren't so great about it:
          1. I was hoping to use it as a portrait lens also. While I have not completed my testing of it for this purpose, I feel that it is not as sharp as my Pentax 50mm f/1.4 prime lens for the purpose. This is the reason I have given 4 stars instead of 5.

          It takes some getting used to not having a zoom! Some trial and error is required to get the camera close enough to the object to obtain the size of image desired. It also takes some trial and error to choose the right aperture for adequate depth of field and shutter speed high enough if there is wind. I almost always use a tripod, and when taking macro shots you find yourself close to the ground. Sometimes you have to use live view to focus since the camera is too low to the ground to get your head there. I use a kneeling pad to help get close to the ground.

          In summary, a great lens.

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          4.0

          Nice results

          By Eddie

          from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Slow Focus
          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I bought the lens for macro and portrait photography. It makes very nice photos. Buid quality is average, autofocus for close-ups is on the slow side, and lens is very noisy when focusing. It could have been cheaper, considering the not so wide aperture of F2.8.

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          4.0

          Amazing value for money macro lens!

          By mclarenman01

          from Melbourne, Australia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            I had been shopping around for a macro lens for some time and after reading many excellent reviews of the Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 Macro I decided to buy one over the Pentax smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro.

            It might not have the WR sealing of the Pentax but its image quality is as good if not better and its $170 cheaper.

            I highly recommend it!

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            5.0

            Good,sharp macro

            By Craig

            from Lebanon, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography

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

            I use this for macro work and I am pleased with the results. I was looking at the Pentax WR- 100mm as well but for the price bifference, this was a no brainer for me. I have a Pentax D FA 100mm macro and as far as side by side comparison of image quality, the Tamron looks a bit cleaner.

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            5.0

            Love this lens

            By Katja

            from Sydney, AUS

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography

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

              So far, I've used this lens for portraits and macro.It's fast, and sharp as.

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              • Yes

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              3.0

              good performer

              By ben

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Not sharp edge to edge
              • Not sharp wide open

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

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

              after testing with 3 copies of the lense, I think I will be happy with shooting a prime with extension tube.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Awesome piece of glass

              By Don D

              from Redmond, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography

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

                This lens is a must-have for macros at a great price. I am thoroughly enjoying the sharp 1:1 macros. Last weekend I used it as a 90mm portrait and the results were excellent too.

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                5.0

                Very Nice Lens for the Money

                By Hank

                from Laramie, WY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

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

                  Very lightweight

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                  4.0

                  Well Done!

                  By Lee

                  from Brighton, Co.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    This one for the wife, she being the macro nut. Great lens. Only minor concern being difficulty in moving from manual to auto with lens hood in place. Other than that lens is clear, easy to work with , great build quality.

                    She loves it! Just returned from Yellowstone where she had it on camera at least 70 percent of the time.

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                    4.0

                    Solid performer

                    By TW

                    from NE Ohio

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Quick Focus
                    • Sharp Focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

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

                      This Tamron macro is a classic and has performance to back it up. It is sharp wide open and sharpness does not drop until f/16. Relative to the Pentax 100 f/3.5 macro, this Tamron is a tank. Besides being a 1;1 macro, it can also be a portrait lens. The fast f/2.8 produces a nice diffused background.

                      I wish it has SDM or equivalent. Focus speed was not slow but not fast either. The lens extends a lot and hence smaller effective aperture at high magnifications, so an IF design would be nice.

                      I eventually returned the lens not because it is poor. Not at all. The improvement over the Pentax 100 f/3.5 was not significant enough to justify replacing it. I have a list of wants in the pipeline, this Tamron was at the top of the list.

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                      4.0

                      Tack-sharp

                      By Henryk

                      from Evanston, Ill.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp Focus

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Closeups and macro use
                      • General Use

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

                      I'm using the Tamron 90 for general closeup and macro work, and finding the experience very pleasant.

                      The automatic focus sometimes "hunts" a great deal and is somewhat noisy, but since I use manual focusing for more precise macro work, that doesn't matter.

                      As a general short telephoto (on an APS-C sensor it's the equivalent of a 135mm lens on a 35mm film camera) it's also excellent. There is a slight softness at f2.8 but this disappears by f4.

                      Its plastic construction keeps the lens lightweight. It does not feel cheap at all.

                      I have no regrets about purchasing this lens.

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                      4.0

                      Using it almost all the time

                      By Rick

                      from Dania, FL

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Sharp Focus

                      Cons

                      • Searches in autofocus mod

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro and portraits

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

                      I have hardly taken the lens off my camera since it arrived. Love the stunning macros with lovely bokeh. Great for portraits too. The only drawback is that it searches in autofocus mode -- however, I prefer to use manual focusing so it is not a problem. Focus limiter is a good feature. This is by far the best lens that I own.

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding Lens Great Value

                      By Doug

                      from Katy, TX

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro and portraits

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

                      I initially bought this lens for its macro capability, which is outstanding, but I soon found it to be great for low light photos and portraits as well. I use it for flowers, bugs and other small things. I took it to a museum to photograph China's Terra Cotta Warriors. No flash was allowed so I used this lens. I got some what I thought were good "portraits" of the warriors with it in a difficult lighting situation.

                      If you're in a the market for a macro lens this one is hard to beat.

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                      4.0

                      Nice light lens

                      By Martin

                      from El Granada, CA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Lens hood attachement

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Macro
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action

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

                      I bought this lens for portraits and macro photography. I used it to take available light pictures at a conference where it behaved wonderfully. I think that compared to the older Pentax FA 2.8/100mm this lens is much lighter and seems to have at least comparable quality.
                      The one thing that is not so nice is that the lens hood is not quite so easy to attach, especially in the reverse transport position. There Pentax lens hoods are much better. I use this lens a lot.

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