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TamronSP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras
 
4.6

(based on 49 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Consistent output (25)
  • Nice bokeh (24)
  • Easily interchangeable (22)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (22)

Cons

  • Slow focus (9)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (42)
  • Low light (24)
  • Wildlife photos (11)
  • Portraits (8)
  • Night photography (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (37), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Lens!

Light, Small, Bright and the lens does not extend.

Was hesitating between this one and Tamron 90, f/2.8. Finally ended up with Tamron 60 f/2. It's Light...Read complete review

Light, Small, Bright and the lens does not extend.

Was hesitating between this one and Tamron 90, f/2.8. Finally ended up with Tamron 60 f/2. It's Light and small, so easy to hold in one hand even on a little heavy body like D7000.

As it can go up (or down?) to f/2 (actually around f/2.2) and 60mm, it can be a perfect portrait lens too!! can't be wrong to get 2-in-1 lens like this.

Oh, I did not forget as this lens is a Macro lens 1:1, the external flash is not necessary, just normal pop up flash (with a little diffuser) is too enough for close up flower shots or even hunt for the insects!

Auto focus is normal for macro lens. When there's enough light, it's pretty okay, but it will hunt a bit when a little dark.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Convinced me to stay with Nikon/Nikkor

I had purchased this lens for typical Macro applications (Flowers, bugs, etc.) and also, because of the fast f/2.0 spec, for aquarium shooting of animals close to the glass. Upon...Read complete review

I had purchased this lens for typical Macro applications (Flowers, bugs, etc.) and also, because of the fast f/2.0 spec, for aquarium shooting of animals close to the glass. Upon 1st inspection, I was very pleased with the build quality, as this is the first non-Nikon lens I have purchased. I took about 150 shots of flowers and insects in my backyard, as a first test of the lens, and to my utter disappointment, NONE of the photos, all hand-held, were sharp. So, I got out the tripod and took about 100 shots, and NONE of those photos were tack sharp, either. I shoot with a Nikon D5000, and have never had a problem with sharp pictures. All of these "test" photos were unacceptable when viewed above 50%! I returned the lens, and ordered the Nikon 85mm Micro w. VR. I ran this lens through a similar test, and the results are MARVELOUS...HAND-HELD!!! I may never purchase a non-Nikkor lens ever again. I do wonder if the Tamron was defective, but was apprehensive to begin, with the success I've had with Nikkors.

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5.0

Great Macro!

By Dan

from Dripping Springs, TX

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

    I have been using Tamron lenses for years. They have done the job very well for me. I added this lense to do more maro nature photography. It delivers crisp images.

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    5.0

    Fantastic Macro Lens

    By MA

    from Kansas City, KS

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

      I have had this lens for on a Nikon D7100 for the last two weeks and have totally enjoyed using it. Fantastic all around lens.

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      5.0

      Great Macro Lens

      By Prowriter

      from Sandusky, OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

        I like desktop and macro photography. This lens is perfect for my applications. Good buy and the rebate process is painless.

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        5.0

        I'm keeping mine

        By Aristide1

        from NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Internal focusing
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

          I'm going to try to add some info and clarity to the prior reviews. They are correct when they state the lens is sharp and has nice bokeh, but there are some other statements that need some additional information.

          For those of you limited to kit lenses this one is about the size of a Nikon 18-55 but has 150 grams more heft to it. It's not heavy, but it's clearly not a toy either.

          There are several things one must understand about macro lens, close up focusing, and DOF Depth of Field. There are 3 factors in play to calculate depth of field.
          1. Focal length
          2. Fstop or aperture
          3. Subject distance.

          What this means is when you take a portrait of a person from x feet away you can easily reduce the DOF by moving in closer. Now why is this important for macro work? Simple, looking at what the lens is capable of you have f2.4 at 10 inches, and a DOF of just .05 inches. Many people are annoyed that the lens is not a true 2.0 lens up close, this complaint bears no weight. If the lens was f2 at this distance the DOF would be .04 inches instead of .05 inches. The difference is negligible in the real world.

          Next, the focus ring has play in it making exact focus very difficult. Yes there is play, about half a millimeter. This too is negligible, because in the real world if you try to focus hand held you'll probably move back and forth more than the total DOF available. In other words you are far better off focusing by moving forwards or backwards a fraction of an inch rather than messing with the focus ring. That's the reason they invented focus rails for macro photography, because DOF is much too narrow.

          DOF is so narrow that if you shoot at f2.4 you may only get half of a big bug in focus, or the center of a flower in focus and the tips of the petals out of focus. The question macro photographers should be asking is how well does the lens perform at more than f8. It seems to hold up pretty well.

          Because macro photography requires very precise focusing the focus ring turns a tad over 270 degrees. The original Tamron 17-50 focus ring turns a mere 90 degrees. I'd much rather have the precision here than that minor speed gain.

          And speaking of precision when I started shooting I was getting blurry photos. As required for macro photography (i.e. one subject) I reduced the number of focus points to one and after that no more blurry photos.

          And yes the focus motor is not dead silent, but frankly it's as close to silent as one is going to get with a conventional motor. Another negligible issue.

          The rebate process was painless. It's not perfect, but it's a great value.

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          5.0

          Awesome Lens!

          By Oat Rat

          from Erie, PA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                Light, Small, Bright and the lens does not extend.

                Was hesitating between this one and Tamron 90, f/2.8. Finally ended up with Tamron 60 f/2. It's Light and small, so easy to hold in one hand even on a little heavy body like D7000.

                As it can go up (or down?) to f/2 (actually around f/2.2) and 60mm, it can be a perfect portrait lens too!! can't be wrong to get 2-in-1 lens like this.

                Oh, I did not forget as this lens is a Macro lens 1:1, the external flash is not necessary, just normal pop up flash (with a little diffuser) is too enough for close up flower shots or even hunt for the insects!

                Auto focus is normal for macro lens. When there's enough light, it's pretty okay, but it will hunt a bit when a little dark.

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                4.0

                SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD

                By DelRio

                from Western Oregon

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                  I have been using this lens for macro and general photo projects for about a year on a D90. Because of it's speed and IQ it excels in both regards. I have found the continuously available manual focus can function to speed the auto focus process. Just manually set approximate focus. A very significant feature for sure.

                  The dual aspect of the lens has reduced my kit by one piece of glass. And the Tamron 60mm provides a nice perspective as my walk around lens.

                  I recommend it as a worth while consideration for a macro lens and as a fast prime in the 90mm equivalent range.

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                  5.0

                  Super Macro Lens

                  By Filler1950

                  from Ft Wayne,In

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                    I had the lens several weeks, but the DOF is great especially with the f/2 capability. I mainly shoot nature, but I've couple times for portraits but they are well defind.I like the continous manual focus. So far found no dislikes.

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                    5.0

                    Good for two lenses

                    By agramer

                    from Memphis, TN

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                      Light to carry around as the main lens, easily replaces two lenses, short tele, and macro. But faster that other macros/ Reasonably fast AF. While the exact tests results are available on the web, the visible results are well above average. Would recommend.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome lens!

                      By P22nut5

                      from Sacramento,CA

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portrait

                        Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                        Totally love this lens. I find it's performance the same with my Tamron 90mm f2.8 but I like this better because it's shorter and works on my D5100. Will definitely reccommend.

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                        5.0

                        Wonderful Glass

                        By Tbbigfish

                        from Rochester NY.

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                          Well perchasted the lens for macro. Tamron claimed good for portrate .Well I do Macro, wild life, landscape . This Lens performs very well. Did a couple portrates of my girl and just tack sharp. Great low light performance.This lens goes beyound what I had expected. So far I have not found anything I find not great. I love manual over ride on the focus for macro. I find it is fast on the focus with my Nikon d3100. This is a great match for my d3100. I can't wait to see how it will do come spring time in the woods aand at my trout steams!

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                          4.0

                          Very sharp but no focus limiter

                          By Chris the Walker

                          from West Hartford, CT

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                          Nice lens-- slightly heavy-feeling with good build quality. Doesn't balance as nicely as a lighter lens on my D5000.

                          Only serious downside is lack of focus limiter-- if it has to hunt it can take a while. Focus is not very loud.

                          Note that it's marketed as f/2.0 but aperture only goes to f/2.2 once you get within 10 feet, and then only to f/2.5 and f/2.8 once you get really close.

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                          4.0

                          Great lens for the price!

                          By Pearl girl

                          from Clearwater florida

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                            I bought this lens to get better shots of the jewelry I sell on the world wide web. I had looked at the pricier Nikon lens of the same strength, but the price put me off. I bought it on sale during a promotion Tamron put on this Holiday season so the lens cost me $225 less than the Nikon. I was worried about the quality but I should not have been. After several days of working with it I felt I got my money's worth. I had originally been shooting too close to the object and had trouble getting any depth of field which is hard enough in any case with a macro lens, but I found backing off from the object and changing the aperature gave me better shots with great depth of field. That also helped with any dust or sand on the object as the lens is so powerful it picked up such debris with clarity. I would love to try the 105MM macro lens if my pocketbook would allow!!!
                            If you would like a good macro lens for a reasonable price, this lens will do the job.

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                            5.0

                            A great way to get close!

                            By CBC

                            from Brighton, MI

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                              I have used this lens with both wild life and stationary objects, I love it! It gives you a great photo and is user friendly!

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                              5.0

                              Super Sharp. Great macro / good portrait

                              By NuclearRoy

                              from Pittsburgh, PA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                              Very nice glass. Focus is somewhat slow, but that is only because it is a macro (you try turning the focus ring 360')
                              Super sharp macro images on my D5100.

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                              2.0

                              Not a great product

                              By plevavi

                              from Chicago, IL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable

                              Cons

                              • Blurry Focus
                              • Poor in Low Light
                              • Poor looking design

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                                I bought this lens for my Nikon D-90 to take photos of flowers. I found two problems.
                                1) the exposure for Nikon's is off. I had read this in reviews prior to buying, and found this to be true.
                                2) the depth of field is too shallow for this purpose in all situations except for bright light.

                                I returned the lens and I'm looking for another solution.

                                Not that it matters, but the design of the lens is not great. It looks "cheap" though it isn't price wise.

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                                1.0

                                Convinced me to stay with Nikon/Nikkor

                                By jcollins2000

                                from Atlanta, GA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                • Blurry Focus
                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • none

                                Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                                I had purchased this lens for typical Macro applications (Flowers, bugs, etc.) and also, because of the fast f/2.0 spec, for aquarium shooting of animals close to the glass. Upon 1st inspection, I was very pleased with the build quality, as this is the first non-Nikon lens I have purchased. I took about 150 shots of flowers and insects in my backyard, as a first test of the lens, and to my utter disappointment, NONE of the photos, all hand-held, were sharp. So, I got out the tripod and took about 100 shots, and NONE of those photos were tack sharp, either. I shoot with a Nikon D5000, and have never had a problem with sharp pictures. All of these "test" photos were unacceptable when viewed above 50%! I returned the lens, and ordered the Nikon 85mm Micro w. VR. I ran this lens through a similar test, and the results are MARVELOUS...HAND-HELD!!! I may never purchase a non-Nikkor lens ever again. I do wonder if the Tamron was defective, but was apprehensive to begin, with the success I've had with Nikkors.

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                                4.0

                                Nice lens

                                By ronhayesphotography

                                from Colorado

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                                  First off, a product would have to be flawless for me to give it 5 stars, that would mean that it hits it's intended mark straight-on given it's price. I am not sure I have any gear that warrants a flawless rating, and I have some pretty decent stuff.

                                  That said, this lens is quickly becoming one of my favorites, it is nearly perfect in what it does. The only drawback I've discovered is slow-ish focus, which is mostly due to the lack of a focus limiter. It doesn't have an ultrasonic motor, but the motor it has is quiet and fast, it just has to travel over 360 degrees (yes, one full turn) to go from near to far. That takes time. A focus limiting switch for non-macro would be nice, but I just pre-focus while reading for my shot (turn the ring close if I plan to shoot close, or set to infinity for anything else) this speeds up the process a bit.

                                  This lens is SHARP and has VERY LOW C/A. Amazingly low compared to the Nikon and Sigma glass I have. At f5.6-11 and higher it pushes past the resolving limits of my D7000 16MP sensor. I can shoot tiny tree branches against an overcast white, blue, or any other sky and need to search for C/A.

                                  Great for portraits, nice smooth bokeh.

                                  Highly recommended.

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                                  4.0

                                  Fast but Slow

                                  By Paul

                                  from Orlando, FL

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                                  Pros

                                  • Sharp lens

                                  Cons

                                  • Slow Focus

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                                  The lens is very sharp and the f2 is fast. The AF is slow to auto focus and does not always FS at first swipe, I find I use manual focus most of the time and I am very satisfied. Also the price was right.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Detail!

                                  By Picsaregreat

                                  from Virginia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                                    I just purchased this lens for my partner's birthday and the photos she has already taken are amazing! It works great with the NIKON D70 and picks up incredible details (particularly for portraits. LOVE IT!

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                                    4.0

                                    Great lens

                                    By Nikon Cruser

                                    from Palm Springs

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow focus in low light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Portrait

                                    Comments about Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lens For Nikon AF Digital SLR Cameras:

                                    Very sharp and fast (f2) macro lens. For the money, a fantastic buy. Focus will hunt a bit in lower light. If you are going to use this lens for low light wedding or sports photography, you're going to miss some shots.I use this lens for macro and portrait work, where it performs outstanding.

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