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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F017) Review - Verdict

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Tamron Sp 90mm F2,8 Macro Side View

Value For Money

The Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD is priced at £579, and is offered in Nikon, Canon and Sony A fittings. The previous version may still be found at £349.

Nikon users have the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 G AF-S VR IF ED Micro-Nikkor at £659. Canon offers two lenses, the EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM (£619) and the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro (£373). Sony has the Sony 100mm f/2.8 D Macro at £529.

For the Nikon and Canon users, Sigma has the 105mm f/2.8 Macro ED DG OS (£329) and Tokina the 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Macro (£329).

In manual focus only, Samyang offers the 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro (£349) and Zeiss the 100mm f/2 T* Makro-Planar (£1379) and the 100mm f/2 T* Makro-Planar Milvus (£1299).

The new Tamron lens is basically a similar price to the main marque lenses. The quality is there and quality does cost money, but the level does seem about right. For more options have a look at to Top 5 Best Tamron lenses and the Top 10 Best Macro lenses


Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Verdict

Another new Tamron lens, this one building on the reputation of its predecessors and definitely coming up to the mark. The Tamron 90mm Macro has been a favourite for many over the years. This one takes performance to a new peak and is very comfortable to use. There does remain the possibility of picking up the previous model at a much lower price but that is always a dilemma when lenses are updated.

This is a lens that has been a pleasure to use, from the crisp view through the viewfinder to the satisfaction of the quality of images opened on the monitor screen. Tamron has continued the legacy reputation of their 90mm Macro in an accomplished way.

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Pros

Superb sharpness
Fast and silent AF
Effective VC system
Very well controlled CA
Excellent flare resistance
Virtually no distortion
Beautiful bokeh
5-year Guarantee

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Cons

Limited mount options
Occasional AF hunting


The new Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD is an outstanding updated macro lens ideal for all short telephoto applications.


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themak 8 1.0k Scotland
28 Apr 2016 12:03AM
You've described this as the F004 model - I think it's the F017.
joshwa Plus
11 927 1 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2016 8:30AM
This has been corrected, thanks

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