This 90mm adds on to Tamron’s building reputation as a quality lens manufacturer. This macro lens is very versatile and has a perfect focal length for portrait photography as well as macro photography. The autofocus is quiet, fast and accurate. In low light, the autofocus hunts occasionally, but not to a degree that’s annoying. I love the vibration compensation (VC), which means that you can hand hold it in many situations that with otherwise require that you put it on a tripod.
The vibration compensation will of course not stop flowers and bees from moving, but it will eliminate camera shake. When photographing bugs, I also enjoy that the lens is very quiet when achieving focus, due to the ultrasonic drive autofocus motor.
The Tamron SP 90 f/2.8 delivers when it comes to sharpness. It is razor sharp at f/4, however, I find that it is great through the aperture range. It gives a beautiful bokeh when you have some out of focus highlight in the background. This is one lens, that is not leaving my back until worn out. However, with 5 years of warranty from Tamron, it is going to take some time.
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 MACRO 1:1 Di VC USD (F017) Specifications
- Focal length: 90 mm
- Max Aperture: f/2.8
- Min Aperture: 32
- Angle of View: 27.2°
- Filter Size: 62 mm
- Internal focusing
- Minimum focus distance: 30 cm
- Weight: 610g
- Height: 117.1 mm
- Lens hood and lens cap included
- Construction: 9 blades, 14 elements, and 11 groups
Sample Images taken with the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD
Below you can see some of my images taken with this lens.