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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon F

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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon F
Key Features
  • Nikon F Mount/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • One LD and Two XLD Glass Elements
  • eBAND, BBAR, and Fluorine Coatings
Optimized for close-up shooting, the SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Lens from Tamron is a short telephoto prime designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs. Offering a life-size maximum magnification ratio of 1:1, this lens benefits working with small and nearby subjects and employs a Floating System for maintained image quality throughout the 11.8" to infinity focusing range. One Low Dispersion and two Extra Low Dispersion glass elements are incorporated into the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing for clean, consistent sharpness and clarity throughout the magnification range. BBAR and eBAND coatings have also been applied to minimize flare and ghosting for increased contrast when working in strong lighting conditions, and a rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality to benefit shallow depth of field imagery. As an update to the classic 90mm macro, this enhanced version is well-suited to the high-resolution crop of DSLRs and blends timeless appeal and functionality with current imaging performance.
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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro USD Overview

Optimized for close-up shooting, the SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Lens from Tamron is a short telephoto prime designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs. Offering a life-size maximum magnification ratio of 1:1, this lens benefits working with small and nearby subjects and employs a Floating System for maintained image quality throughout the 11.8" to infinity focusing range. One Low Dispersion and two Extra Low Dispersion glass elements are incorporated into the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing for clean, consistent sharpness and clarity throughout the magnification range. BBAR and eBAND coatings have also been applied to minimize flare and ghosting for increased contrast when working in strong lighting conditions, and a rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality to benefit shallow depth of field imagery. As an update to the classic 90mm macro, this enhanced version is well-suited to the high-resolution crop of DSLRs and blends timeless appeal and functionality with current imaging performance.

Supporting the imaging attributes is Vibration Compensation image stabilization, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting. Also aiding in creating sharp imagery, a precise, macro-optimized ring-type USD autofocus motor provides fast and well-controlled focusing performance. A dedicated USD actuator is used to refine focusing precision at close distances and also compensates for small amounts of camera shake common to working at higher magnifications. Additionally, the focus motor affords full-time manual focus control for a greater range of adjustment capabilities. A moisture-resistant physical construction enables its use in trying environments and the front element has also received a fluorine coating to guard against smudges and moisture from affecting image quality. Additionally, this lens is compatible with the optional TAP-in Console for fine-tuning focusing performance and updating the lens' firmware.

A short-telephoto focal length optimized for macro shooting, this 90mm lens is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs, and is also compatible with DX models where it will provide a 135mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture offers a clean viewfinder image and is also beneficial for working in low-light conditions and for isolating focus.
One LD (Low Dispersion) and two XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements are incorporated in the 14 elements, 11 groups optical design, and contribute to a marked reduction in chromatic aberrations and color fringing throughout the aperture and focusing ranges.
Designed as a true macro lens, this optic affords a life-size 1:1 maximum magnification ratio along with an 11.8" minimum focusing distance to suit working with close-up subjects, and a Floating System is employed for consistent image quality and sharpness throughout the focusing range.
eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings have been applied to lens elements to reduce surface reflections and prevent lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color accuracy.
VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization is incorporated into the lens' design to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting in low-light conditions. An accelerometer has also been added to the VC system to compensate for shift-type camera shakes along the X/Y plane, and a gyro sensor is used to accurately detect and enable motion compensation throughout the focusing range.
Ring-type USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor and an optimized USD actuator are employed for fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance that benefits both stills and video recording. This motor also enables full-time manual focus control without having to shift into a dedicated MF mode.
An internal focusing mechanism is also used to maintain the overall lens length during use, along with a comfortable working distance of approximately 5.5".
A Focus Limiter Switch is used to constrain the lens' focusing range for faster performance. A choice of 1.6'-infinity, 11.8"-1.6', and 11.8"-infinity ranges are available.
Moisture-resistant construction incorporates seals around the lens mount and other areas to benefit working in inclement conditions. Additionally, a fluorine coating has been applied to the front lens element to repel water, fingerprints, and smudges for easier cleaning of the lens surface.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm produces a pleasing out-of-focus quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques.
Compatible with the optional TAP-in Console for updating the lens' firmware as well as adjusting focus settings via the TAP-in Utility software.

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro USD Specs

Focal Length90mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View27° 2'
Minimum Focus Distance11.81" / 30 cm
Maximum Magnification1x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:1
Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.11 x 4.84" / 79 x 122.9 mm
Weight1.32 lb / 600 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.175 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.9 x 5.85 x 5.55"

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro USD Reviews

Good closeups without having to get too close

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-18

I got this lens for my Nikon D5100 (the smaller, DX sensor; I expect to get an FX body by-and-bye) for shooting bugs, flowers, and other small items. It's easy to fill the frame without getting so close that the light is blocked or the bug is scared off. I like how I can use autofocus, but adjust manually if necessary. Also, it works with my Speedlight SB700. I've gotten good results handheld, but for situations where a tripod can be used, results ought to be even better.

Tack Sharp

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-12

Tack sharp and nice bokeh at a reasonable price. Worked flawlessly with the FTZ adapter on our Nikon Z7 II. Could see the grains of salt on the tortilla chips in this food shot.

Best Macro

By Lyle
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-19

Not only does this lens rate better than the Nikon equivalent, but is less expensive. How can you beat that? If you purchase this lens, you'll love both the macro and prime portion of this beauty.

Love the Lens

By Russell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-13

The SP 90mm f/2.8 does have a learning curve, especially for those who have not used a Macro lens before. But after using it a bit, I have found that the clarity of the lens is phenomenal. I can't wait until spring to really use it.

New Version of Tamron 90 mm Macro

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-15

I had an older version of the Tamron 90 mm Macro which I used often for many years. I wanted to upgrade the autofocus. The new version continues to be exceptionally sharp, autofocus works very well. The VC is a nice option (haven't used yet because was trying out at high shutter speeds.

Stopped working after 5 months

By michaela
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-04

I bought this lens in March of 2021 instead of splurging on the Canon 100mm macro. I used this Tamron a few times and it was amazing. Then yesterday, in August 2020, I'm at a shoot and the lens just stops focusing. Every time I half-press the button to focus, it spins and then makes a metallic screeching noise. Luckily, I had a back up lens. My point is, after only 5 months of owning the lens and only using it 6-7 times, it completely stopped working. It will not auto-focus, or even focus manually, at all. No, I never dropped it, bumped it, or stored it improperly. My advice: Buy the warranty! Or better yet, just spend the extra money for another lens altogether.

Great Lens

By Gerald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-05

Exceptionally smooth manual focus; takes stunningly detailed photos. Worth every penny of the price.

Auto focus didn't last long

By Barbee
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-19

I love this lens, but atfer only a few months of using it, especially with macro (I do portraits with this, too), the auto focus just can NOT make up it's mind. It was more accurate when I first bought it, but now, only 3 months later, I have to use manual for everything. I wish I had paid more for a more expensive lens but I still like it and it gets the job done.

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