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

(based on 25 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
  • Nice bokeh (13)
  • Consistent output (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Strong construction (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (6)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Great Lens

By TomT

from Upstate NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits

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

    I like this lens. I bought it to do some portrait work. My other portrait lens is the fabulous Nikon 135mm DC. I like the 90mm Tamron lens because it's a little shorter, so I can get closer to the subject and quite a bit lighter. The VC makes me more comfortable shooting hand-held. The autofocus is pretty good but the manual focus ring is large and precise--very nice. If this lens has a flaw I haven't found it yet. For me, the macro is a bonus. I have been playing with it and will use it in the future.

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    5.0

    great macro

    By hoyaBill

    from washington dc

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      I use it for food, product close ups. It is also a very nice portrait lens for head shots. Nice bokeh IMO.

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      5.0

      GREAT Macro lens

      By Garrett the floriculturist

      from West Lafayette, IN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      I use this lens for horticultural research. The photos are amazing and make my presentations standout among all the others. I would highly recommend this lens!

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      5.0

      Well worth the price

      By RJ Henshaw

      from Bailey, Co

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • 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 am very pleased with this lens and have enjoyed using it.

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        4.0

        Very sharp macro and all round lens, with a problem in some

        By willieB

        from Toronto Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Excellent contrast
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Fast focus
        • Strong Construction
        • Very Sharp

        Cons

        • Inconsistent Vc For Me

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Portrait

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

        Macro. Some general shooting.

        Fast focusing on my Canon 6D, excelent contrast and sharpness with a caveat below. 6 year warrantly is great, as I am using it now after one year.

        However, it became clear after some time that the VC is unreliable in the one I own. I had VC off when using a tripod, and images are tack sharp. Using VC was hit and miss on non tripod shots, and a miix of macro and non macro. The VC in many cases caused a loss of sharpness, and the same shot with VC off was super sharp.

        Its been returned for repair, so hopefully this will be sorted out. Otherwise love the lens.

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        4.0

        Awesome Macro lens

        By dvalley

        from San Ramon CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          Its a great macro lens and super sharp images.

          Vibration control works great for some hand help. IF you are new to this like me some shots will get you the hang of Auto- Focus. While experts from Macro world prefer manual focus and tried some shot with that and its great.

          Also smooth for Close Up Portarits and getting good results.

          Tried with Nikon D600 AND d810. Although I feel the lower MegaPixels of D600/610 series will giver better results than D810. Based on what I saw with my hand-held results.

          F16/22 so lot of light needed for your shots.

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          5.0

          Beautiful Lens

          By Paul

          from Lakewood, Colorado

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Lens Creep

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events

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

          Got this lens last week and took it out for a spin. It fills out my lens armory perfectly. A great portrait lens and it also gets me in close for those abstract natural landscape forms that I am so fond of. It is light yet seems to be well made. It's not cheap at $ and change but I know I will get a lot of mileage from it. There seems to be a strange frame creep situation going on however when I use focus stacking techniques on manual focus. Not sure what that is about yet.

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          5.0

          I love this lens.

          By Terry

          from California

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

          This is my first Tamaron lens and I love it. Between work and home I have access to 15 Nikon lenses and 2 Tokina wide angle zooms. This lens is easily one of my top lenses. I was going to go wth the Nikon 100 macro until I started reading the reviews. The Tamron 90 is sharp, quick, quiet, and the VC works great. No regrets.

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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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            5.0

            Should say 2.8-5.6

            By Davius

            from Boynton Beach, FL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            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

              Verified Buyer

              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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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great lens

                By Larry

                from Nebraska

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                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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                (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good, sharp lens...

                By Lone Ranger

                from California

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                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

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                      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:

                        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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                        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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