Tamron 90mm Macro (Nikon mount)

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Pboud, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Pboud

    Pboud Guest

    Hi All

    I picked this up (they were completely out of Nikor micro lenses) on
    the weekend. So far, I'm thoroughly enjoying it :).

    Anyone have pros/cons for this lens that I should know about? Foibles
    and the like?

    Many thanks
    :D
    P.
     
    Pboud, Jun 3, 2008
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  2. Pboud

    Guest Guest

    it's an excellent lens, one of the sharpest macro lenses made.

    <http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/46-nikon--nikkor-aps-c/283-tamron-af-90
    mm-f28-di-sp-macro-nikon-mount-lab-test-report--review>
     
    Guest, Jun 3, 2008
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  3. Pboud

    Pboud Guest

    Pboud, Jun 3, 2008
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  4. Pboud

    Bruce Guest


    It has a reputation for being just as good as a portrait lens as it is
    as a macro lens. It's a very good all-rounder.

    Way back in the 70s and early 80s, there were some extremely good
    macro lenses available in the 90mm to 105mm focal length range. They
    carried Kiron, Tokina, Vivitar and Tamron brand names. The Tamron is
    the only one that still survives, although it has had several minor
    updates.
     
    Bruce, Jun 3, 2008
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  5. Pboud

    Pboud Guest

    Good to know.. thks :)
     
    Pboud, Jun 3, 2008
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  6. While it's a fine lens, $550 is a top-dollar price for a 90mm Tamron.
    That said, here's potentially a little more good news for you:
    http://www.adorama.com/pdfs/rebates/tamron_073108.pdf
     
    Michael Benveniste, Jun 3, 2008
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  7. Pboud

    Pboud Guest

    Welcome to Canada... where the retailers *all* remember when the dollar
    was worth 0.75 USD, and have pricing arranged accordingly :(

    Thks for the link
    :)
    P.
     
    Pboud, Jun 3, 2008
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  8. Pboud

    Pete D Guest

    I was think along similar lines about the price, I paid AUD$400 for mine in
    a Pentax mount, super lens.
     
    Pete D, Jun 3, 2008
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  9. Pboud

    Pboud Guest

    So was I, frankly.. but it was the only one available and I've been
    craving Macro for a while now.. The rebate is going to feel *really*
    good :D

    P.
     
    Pboud, Jun 3, 2008
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  10. Pboud

    Bruce Guest


    The lens is worth every penny of $550, and then some.
     
    Bruce, Jun 3, 2008
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  11. Pboud

    Pboud Guest

    I was willing to pay it, would pay it again, and am quite happy with the
    performance.. It's going to take me a loooong while before I can use it
    to it's fullest. It's by far my favourite lens.

    That said, the rebate won't hurt any.
    ;)
    P.
     
    Pboud, Jun 3, 2008
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  12. Pboud

    Alan Browne Guest

    Good rep, at least in the film version (though no reason to suspect the
    digital version is bad).

    It is not the sharpest*, despite what people say but it is very sharp
    nonetheless and is also a very good film portrait lens (perhaps a bit
    flat rendering on a cropped sensor).

    Ya done good.

    Cheers,
    Alan

    *The Minolta 100 f/2.8 and the Nikkor 105 Micro are a bit sharper.
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 3, 2008
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  13. Then there was this. Whatever it is. I don't remember ever using it; it
    was for my Pentax Spotmatic; I got it used. There's not much glass in
    there, as the third image shows.

    http://blinkynet.net/blinkyshots/isconar100aa.jpg
    http://blinkynet.net/blinkyshots/isconar100bb.jpg
    http://blinkynet.net/blinkyshots/isconar100cc.jpg
     
    Blinky the Shark, Jun 3, 2008
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  14. Pboud

    Bruce Guest

    Bruce, Jun 4, 2008
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  15. It's got its share of minor dings.
    See "I don't remember ever using it", above.

    Googling provided lots of mentions of f4 Isconar 100's, but only a couple
    for this 4.5. Perhaps it will turn out to be able to fund my retirement.
    Yeah, right. :)
     
    Blinky the Shark, Jun 4, 2008
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  16. Pboud

    Bruce Guest


    Apologies. Must learn to read, and only then reply. ;-)


    A frugal retirement?

    Did you find this link?
    http://m42.artlimited.net/lens_detail.php?lid=313
     
    Bruce, Jun 4, 2008
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  17. No problem.
    Without doubt. :)
    <clickety>

    Aye. I also saw one listed on an auction site, but I don't think there
    were any bids. This bodes ill for my retirement.
     
    Blinky the Shark, Jun 4, 2008
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  18. Pboud

    Bruce Guest


    Perhaps potential bidders were deterred from bidding in the knowledge
    that they could never afford the final price?

    Or perhaps not. ;-)
     
    Bruce, Jun 4, 2008
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  19. That's it! :)
    That's even more it!
     
    Blinky the Shark, Jun 5, 2008
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