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Tamron SP AF 180 mm f/3.5 Di LD (IF) Macro

Tamron SP AF 180 mm f/3.5 Di LD (IF) Macro


Manufacturer Tamron
Model SP AF 180 mm f/3.5 Di LD (IF) Macro
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 180 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5
Angle of view 14 o
Closest focusing distance 0.47 m
Maximum magnification 1:1
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type
Lens Construction 11 elements / 14 groups
Filter diameter 72 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Dimensions 84.8 x 165.7 mm
Weight 920 g
Additional information

Average rating (3 owners reviews).

Build quality 4.33
Optical quality 5.00
Value for money 5.00
Overall 4.78
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Value for money
User: Johnny van Graan
IP 41.56.x.x
Date: 2012-10-11 22:30:52
Owner since:
User profile: Semipro

Cons: Very little to criticize.

Pros: It is one of the most forgiving lenses I have (and that includes the full range of CZ and Hartblei Zeiss). Extremely durable and sharp throughout its entire range. A definite must-have for anyone in the scientific/biological field - and an absolute stunning combination with a Metz 15 ringflash. I frequently photograph agricultural pests and never had a single complaint. Bokeh is absolutely superb - and although I'm not a "people professional" some of the results taken with this lens is simply awesome.

Summary: One of the best value for money lenses on the market. Performance is excellent on both full frame as well as APS-C. I frequently operate in very dusty conditions in the Free State Province in South Africa as well as the wet conditions encountered on the East Coast. This lens is proven to be durable and reliable under harsh conditions.

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User: hgviola
IP 79.217.x.x
Date: 2012-06-28 01:06:07
Owner since: 5 years
Price: 700 €
User profile: Amateur

Cons: Really slow AF, quite heavy, no focus limiter.

Pros: Excellent sharpness even wide open. Delicious bokeh. Natural colours. Good build quality.

Summary: 180mm is a quite extreme focal distance for macro photography. Be aware that you have a very shallow depth of field. If you can handle that it's an excellent lens for a good price. Never used it as a tele lens - the AF is too slow.

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User: Ash nazg
IP 192.251.x.x
Date: 2010-12-02 23:32:53
Owner since: 1 year
User profile: Amateur

Cons: Lethargic AF. Some LoCA. Not weather resistant. No full time manual focus.

Pros: Full frame. Very sharp even wide open at any distance. Very low axial CA. It's one of the cheapest tele-macro lenses.

Summary: It'a a great macro lens for bugs if you don't mind manual focus.

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