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 Post subject: Tamron macro
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:13 pm 
I have been reading some good things about the (Tamron AF90mm F/2.8 SP Di 1:1 Macro (BIM) lens F2.8 (Nikon))
Not to mention it's $644.00 cheaper than the Nikon 105 mm Macro !
Is there anyone on this site who has tried this lens and has an opinion on it? , I know the 105 mm F/2.8 Nikon would
be excellent but unless you are in the business $1299.00 here in AU for the macro is a bit rich !
I would like those who have a Tamron (AF90mm F/2.8 SP Di 1:1 Macro (BIM) lens F2.8 for (Nikon) thoughts on this
lens, salut drecked

 Post subject: Re: Tamron macro
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:21 am 
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I used to have one on Sony mount, where I think the only difference is the Nikon mount version has a built in motor for AF.

Optically there isn't anything to pick at on it, since most macro lenses are great and this is no expection.

Physically I was not a fan of the significantly extending front section as you focus close, as that increases your chance of hitting something when close to it. The front element is recessed deeply into the lens some way, so in effect it has its own hood and I never used the supplied one which would eat into precious working distance. Of course, the recessed front element in itself eats into the working distance somewhat.

AF is slow, but this translates into great MF handling as you have fine control over that.

Nikon's 105mm was I think the first 1:1 macro lens to include VR which may or may not provide value depending on how you use it.

Canon DSLRs: 7D2, 7D1, 5D2, 1D, 600D, 450D full spectrum, 300D IR mod
Lenses: EF 35/2, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 70-300L, 100-400L, 100L, MP-E 65, EF-S 10-18, 15-85
3rd party: Zeiss 2/50 makro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Sigma 50/1.4A, 150 macro, 120-300 f/2.8 OS
Compacts: Sony HX9V, Fuji X100.

 Post subject: Re: Tamron macro
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:48 pm 

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Another option to consider might be the Tokina 100mm 2.8 Macro. Ours is the Canon-fit version; it is a very good lens. I bought my Canon 2.8L Macro because I wanted a weather/dust-resistant 100mm with Image Stabilization, to use at work, not because the Tokina was lacking as a macro lens. For macro and short telephoto, shot on my own time, I still like the Tokina, and may well purchase the Nikon-fit version.

This is not an indication of prejudice against Tamron! My wife uses an 18-200mm Tamron regularly on her D7000, and we have a Canon-fit version as well, for the times she shoots one of the Canon cameras.

Canon 5Ds R/7D2/7D/5D/40D/1D2N/M3; Nikon F6/D3s/D700/FM3A/1Dx/Coolpix A. Lens selection undergoing changes; some favorites: Zeiss 2/135 APO Sonnar, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS and 135L, Nikkor 14-24/2.8G and 24-70/2.8G.

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