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Tamron90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
  • Nice bokeh (9)
  • Consistent output (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Strong construction (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Very Sharp Lens

    This lens has certainly met my expectations for close-up and macro photography. Well made, good snug fit on my Nikon 7100, tack sharp, fast focus, and very quite. Evidently, the VC...Read complete review

    This lens has certainly met my expectations for close-up and macro photography. Well made, good snug fit on my Nikon 7100, tack sharp, fast focus, and very quite. Evidently, the VC technology is quite effective. Very sharp images have been produced with many hand held image captures. I also tend to shoot 2 or 3 images in the continuous exposure mode to help minimize any camera shake effects as well helping not to miss the area of focus with a narrow depth of field situation. The attached images of a small dragonfly and the small banana spider (1 inch body length) wrapping a lunch were hand held exposures. With the Tamron 6 year warranty included, I felt comfortable making this purchase.

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    Nice lens, but not worth the price

    I got this lens hoping it would be an affordable alternative to Nikons 105mm micro, which is quite a bit more $$. Sorry to say, the copy I got did not perform up...Read complete review

    I got this lens hoping it would be an affordable alternative to Nikons 105mm micro, which is quite a bit more $$. Sorry to say, the copy I got did not perform up to expectations. On my D7000, its sharpness at 1:1 was, at best, good but not great. I used it for a variety of macro shots, from flowers to wood grain patterns, glass beads, etc. None of the images I got were what I would call "tack sharp." Color was excellent, but DOF was lacking. Know that the sweet spot for this lens (like most macro lenses) is about f11-f16, and beyond that you loose all sharpness within a close up image. Maybe I got a bad copy, but it went back anyway. Think I'll stick with Nikon glass.

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    5.0

    Very pleased with this Tamerton l

    By Connie

    from Memphis,TN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

      Very pleased with this Tamron lens Price better than Nikon with comparable quality For my purposes as family portrait lens a good bargin Weight is comparable and quality is excellent

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      4.0

      UPS ruined experiance

      By Oldfogey

      from Sandy, UT

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            Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

            The 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon by Tamron is a beautiful lens. It is fast, quiet and nicely constructed. I mounted it on my camera and found it to be as advertised.HOWEVER! The box that it arrived in looked as is UPS had used it for a rugby ball. It was crushed to the point that even the box holding the lens was crushed.I returned the lens, at my expense, out of fear that the internal parts of the lens may have been damaged or missaligned. It seemed to work okay but I would have always had doubts...B&H delivered quickly and there was no hastle obtaining a RMA but I was pretty upset over the way the lens arrived and was left with a bad taste.

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            5.0

            Should say 2.8-5.6

            By Davius

            from Boynton Beach, FL

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

              I bought this lens because it was the top rated lens on dxomark less than $. I was surprised to learn that the aperture limit changes according to focus distance, probably becase it's an internal focusing lens? The following are aperture limits for each focusing distance:• 2.8 : inf• 3.0 : 20'• 3.2 : 3'• 3.5 : 2'• 3.8 : 1.5'• 4.5 : 1.2'• 5.0 : 1.05'• 5.6 : 0.98'This isn't an issue for me because macro lens are best at the 9-11 apertures anyway and for protrait work a 3.0 is good enough for bokeh, but this lens really shouldn't be advertised as an F2.8, anymore than a zoom lens (F4-5.6) should be advertised as a F4. Slimy omission by the marketing department at Tamron.

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              5.0

              Excelente compra.

              By Tini

              from Buenos Aires, Argentina

              About Me Casual Photographer

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                Tengo una camara NIkon D3100 y compre esta lente para sacar fotografias dentales. Realmente es excelente, totalmente recomendable.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By Larry

                from Nebraska

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Smooth Focus

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Documentation
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                I bought this lens to help analyze product problems. Used on a D300, almost always on a tripod and frequently in locations requiring additional lighting (two Nikon Speedlights, reflectors.) Image authentication is almost always turned on. The results exceeded my expectations. I try to get enough light to shoot @ f/16 and will shoot a series of shots to allow me to get greater dynamic range using software. Shots are also combined for greater depth of field in the final image. Manual focus is used when on the tripod but the auto focus is good when used handheld for larger objects. It appears to be as sharp as the Nikon pro lens I have. I bought this lens @ B&H and have had it long enough to say with certainty it's a great lens.

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                5.0

                Good, sharp lens...

                By Lone Ranger

                from California

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Good VR
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                  This Tamron 90mm f/2.8 is a very sharp lens. Perhaps the sharpest I own. But, macro's are known to be among the sharpest lenses one can buy.I like the auto focus and the vibration reduction.The grab-and-go style of the manual focus ring is nice too. The build quality seems to be as good as most of Nikon's newer offerings. The optics are every bit as good, or better than Nikon glass.The only thing that slightly dissapoints me is that it doesn't open to f/2.8 when you are focusing in macro mode. The lowest you can go is f/5.6. You only get f/2.8 at infinity. I think that should be mentioned in the advertising. It's not a "deal breaker" for me, but I do think the lens should be labeled/named as"90mm f/2.8 - 5.6 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD" and it should be explained.

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                  4.0

                  Just what the doctor ordered.

                  By T-bird

                  from Madisonburg,PA

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                      I use the Tamron 90mm formacro shots and some portrait shots. It works great, I am very satisfied with my purchase.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Macro Lens!

                      By Dennis

                      from Virginia

                      Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                      I did extensive research to find a macro lens in order to attain the highest quality slide copies using my Nikon D800E. I have 40 years of Kodachromes and Ektachomes from my film days. I have paid to have several hundred scanned professionally, but was not completely happy as the high resolution scans are jpegs. At 1:1 I can see JPEG artifacts. I decided to try scanning myself with my Epson 750 scanner, but the time it takes to scan each slide is unacceptable. I needed the quality of scanning with higher speed. After extensive research, I purchased this lens, ran a number of tests to ascertain optimum aperture for the lens and to refine my copy protocol. Briefly, ISO 100, Live View, aperture priority, mirror lock up, and a 2 second shutter delay on a Kaiser copy stand over an Acculight Light Table. Also, copying the slide emulsion side up is slightly sharper than through the film base. I then imported the raw files (at 14-bit) into Lightroom 5. I am very pleased with the camera/sensor/lens lcombination. The copies have no artifact, a long dynamic range, good color and are as sharp as can be. As you can see, I'm pretty much of a perfectionist when it comes to my work. I highly recommend this lens for similar work.

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                      5.0

                      Tamron 90mm, f/2.8

                      By Miracle Worker

                      from NYC

                      Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                      One of my favorite lenses. The auto focus is so quick and silent and so sharp. An incredible lens. It even beats the quality of Nikons macro lens.

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                      3.0

                      Nice lens, but not worth the price

                      By Roger the Shrubber

                      from Cent. Calif.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                      I got this lens hoping it would be an affordable alternative to Nikons 105mm micro, which is quite a bit more $$. Sorry to say, the copy I got did not perform up to expectations. On my D7000, its sharpness at 1:1 was, at best, good but not great. I used it for a variety of macro shots, from flowers to wood grain patterns, glass beads, etc. None of the images I got were what I would call "tack sharp." Color was excellent, but DOF was lacking. Know that the sweet spot for this lens (like most macro lenses) is about f11-f16, and beyond that you loose all sharpness within a close up image. Maybe I got a bad copy, but it went back anyway. Think I'll stick with Nikon glass.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent macro with portrait utility

                      By Jim Trainor

                      from Wisconsin

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                        I sue this lens on my D800 in place of both my old Nikon 105 micro and 85 1.8.

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                        5.0

                        new model 90mm tamron macro lens

                        By hal the fisherman

                        from New York City

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Portrait

                        Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                        Bought this lens because it offered the features I wanted in a macro. From 90mm with vibration compensation to being a prime lens which allows me to be close enough to my subject, yet far enough away not to spook the live subject. Has
                        excellent build quality and doesn't feel chintzy
                        like others I considered. I highly recommend this lens for anyone interested in macro and yet can be used for general use such as portrait also.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        A Very Sharp Lens

                        By Stan W

                        from Wilmington, NC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                          This lens has certainly met my expectations for close-up and macro photography. Well made, good snug fit on my Nikon 7100, tack sharp, fast focus, and very quite. Evidently, the VC technology is quite effective. Very sharp images have been produced with many hand held image captures. I also tend to shoot 2 or 3 images in the continuous exposure mode to help minimize any camera shake effects as well helping not to miss the area of focus with a narrow depth of field situation. The attached images of a small dragonfly and the small banana spider (1 inch body length) wrapping a lunch were hand held exposures. With the Tamron 6 year warranty included, I felt comfortable making this purchase.

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                          5.0

                          Stellar

                          By David-eye

                          from Texas Hill Country

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Inconsistent Copies

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portrait
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                          This is a beautifull made lens with stellar optics and it has the quietest autofocus of any of the 50-60 lenses that I have used. It is quite quick as well. I only occasionally use this focal length, but it doubles quite nicely as a portrait lens with very good bokeh. This is why It has replaced my Nikon 105 VR and my Nikon 85mm 1.8G lenses and I haven't regretted it (yet). My only criticism is that this is the second copy of this lens that I have had, so if you really want this lens, don't settle for an inferior copy.

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                          5.0

                          Wonderful

                          By LouMou@home

                          from San Antonio, Tx

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                            The lens is accurate. The photos are exceptional. Auto focus is quick and vibration reduction help for handheld. Need to get use to it but I can tell,it is a good lens. Use with D600 Nikon and because that camera work well in low light the result at dusk and dawn are very surprising on the good way. Buy it now and get $ rebate.

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                            5.0

                            A hidden gem

                            By Mario

                            from Chicago, IL

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Sharp
                            • Stabilization

                            Cons

                            • Build Plasticy

                            Best Uses

                            • Macros
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                            This is a great all around lens for portraits or macro work. It gives you true 1:1 magnification as well with a stabilization. Images come out sharp and crisp.

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                            5.0

                            Everything they said it is!

                            By Bernie

                            from Oakdale PA

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                                  Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                                  I have been using my Tamron lens, since it's arrival. All I can say is that it's GREAT! Really impressed with the results of it's capabilities.
                                  Have been using it mostly for flowers, insects, etc.

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                                  5.0

                                  great

                                  By user

                                  from pittsburgh

                                  Pros

                                  • Excellent AF
                                  • Good build quality
                                  • Great VC
                                  • Moderate Weigth

                                  Cons

                                  • Nothing

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                                    This is awesome lens. I tried Nikon 105 vr2 macro and i prefer this. VC is excellent. AF is fast. Good build quality. Nothing less than Nikon 105 vr2 macro and may be even better image quality.

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