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Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di Macro (272E) or Nikkor AF-S 60mm f2.8 Micro?


Alokchitri 4 46 India
7 Oct 2011 8:15AM
Hello friends

Please help me to choose between these two lenses. Both lenses cost more or less the same. Both these lenses sports an in-body motor. And both are quite highly rated here at ePhotozine and other sites. I intend to use the lens with Nikon D90.

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kaybee 10 3.9k 24 Scotland
7 Oct 2011 9:17AM
It depends on how close you want to get to your subject.
If your intended 'victim' is a bug of some kind then you may be better with the longer reach of the 90mm.
If size and weight of the lens is an issue then the smaller 50mm may be better for you.
K4RL e2
6 6 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2011 1:00PM
Tamron every time
MikeH 9 217 4 England
7 Oct 2011 2:18PM
Tamron , bitingly sharp.
Alokchitri 4 46 India
7 Oct 2011 3:16PM
Thank you so much for your responses. I would not like to limit my choices of subjects that I would intend to use the lens for. Frankly speaking, in my country optical lenses are a very costly commodity and so if I buy a Macro lens, I would like to see it serving different purposes from shooting nature to portraits and still life. Predominantly though I am a nature photographer an d would like to buy it principally to shoot nature like bugs and flowers and some people photography.
kaybee 10 3.9k 24 Scotland
7 Oct 2011 7:16PM
Go with the longer Tamron one then
Cagey75 3 42 Ireland
15 Oct 2011 9:01PM
You can go with suggestions from those who clearly haven't a clue, or the logical ones ...

The Nikon 60mm f/2.8D is one of Nikon's sharpest ever lenses. Now, if the Tamron was sharper, that is suggesting it is sharper than most nikon lenses ever made!

Look up some reliable review sites regarding both. The Nikon will be sharper, easily, and doesn't extend near as far out at 1:1. Do proper research rather than relying on opinions of people on forums I'd say. both will be very sharp, the tamron's only advantage will be the focal length. It does , however, extend much further out when close focusing, and is noisier [I have used both] which can scare away bugs and flies etc ..
kaybee 10 3.9k 24 Scotland
15 Oct 2011 11:41PM
So is asking questions here not research?
It sounds like you are writing off everyone here as not being worth listening to (other than yourself of course)
When it comes to critical close focusing I would always switch off the auto anyway - therefor no sound.
I have also never heard of anyone complaining that the Tamron 'extends too far'
cambirder 10 7.2k England
15 Oct 2011 11:51PM

Quote:You can go with suggestions from those who clearly haven't a clue,


Pots and Kettles comes to mind here.
Leif 9 722
22 Oct 2011 9:19AM
I'm a bit late to the party but I will add my comments.


Quote:You can go with suggestions from those who clearly haven't a clue, or the logical ones ...

The Nikon 60mm f/2.8D is one of Nikon's sharpest ever lenses. Now, if the Tamron was sharper, that is suggesting it is sharper than most nikon lenses ever made!

Look up some reliable review sites regarding both. The Nikon will be sharper, easily, and doesn't extend near as far out at 1:1. Do proper research rather than relying on opinions of people on forums I'd say. both will be very sharp, the tamron's only advantage will be the focal length. It does , however, extend much further out when close focusing, and is noisier [I have used both] which can scare away bugs and flies etc ..



There's no need to be rude. And you might like to note that the OP was asking about the Nikon 60mm AFS F2.8 micro Nikkor, not the older AFD lens.

Many people have suggested that the decision should be based on use and I agree. The Tamron is better for insects, the Nikon is better for indoor shots and general use where working space might be limited. Both lenses are very sharp, and you will not be disappointed with either in that respect. The Tamron has a different rendition, less contrasty. not worse, just different, and some might prefer it.

I have owned both lenses as well as the older Nikon 60mm F2.8 AF lens. All three lenses are first rate, and on a D200 I was unable to see any significant differences in resolution when stopped down. What I did not like about the Tamron were the non standard filter thread size, the feel of the plastic (probably very well made and hard wearing, but it feels a tad cheap), and the pastel rendition as I prefer the Nikon look.
Alokchitri 4 46 India
24 Oct 2011 4:55AM
Thanks for your replies fellas....but the price for AF-S version of the Nikkor 60mm is pretty high, and I could not find much justification for that as there is not much of a difference of IQ between the two. The AF-D version is also priced higher. SO I think it's the Tamron after all....I need the longer working distance....
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
24 Oct 2011 7:45AM
There are some good deals on Ebay, and Amazon on the Sigma 150mm f2.8 Macro now that the OS version is out.
cambirder 10 7.2k England
24 Oct 2011 8:15PM

Quote:There are some good deals on Ebay, and Amazon on the Sigma 150mm f2.8 Macro now that the OS version is out.


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tepot 10 4.4k United Kingdom
24 Oct 2011 8:36PM
I use the Tamron, although it is a little longer than the Nikon, it is still really light and tack sharp, personnally i prefere the extra length not only for extra distance between me and the subject but it also allows me to throw the background out of focus easier.

Terry.
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
24 Oct 2011 8:46PM
I'm tempted Paul, but I have my heart set on a 70-200mm.Grin

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