tamron 90mm macro

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by blackeyesue, Aug 25, 2006.

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    blackeyesue Guest

    Legendary lens, but which one is best, the latest, 90mm f2.8 SP, or
    older 90mm f2.5? I intend to use it for both macro and portrait,
    though primarily macro.
    blackeyesue, Aug 25, 2006
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    Depends on whether you want auto focus. The older one is an Adaptall
    lens, meaning you can mount it to pretty much any brand of camera body
    with the proper adaptor. The downside being no auto focus.
    Paul Mitchum, Aug 25, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Hi Matt,

    Optically, the later f/2.8 versions are best although the build
    quality of the original f/2.5 was outstanding.

    If you plan to use it on your Nikon DSLR consider the latest AF Di
    version, which has improved multi-coating on the rear element to help
    reduce reflections off the digital sensor. It is worth having the
    better coating, but the build quality of the AF versions is far
    inferior to the weighty SP manual focus Adaptall versions.

    There is no better current macro/portrait lens than the Tamron 90mm,
    but the 1970s/80s 90mm and 105mm f/2.5~2.8 macro lenses from Vivitar,
    Sigma, Tokina and especially Kiron are all just as good, and the Kiron
    105mm may even shade the Tamron. Alas, the Tamron is the only one
    still made.

    Best regards,

    Tony Polson, Aug 25, 2006
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