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Tamron SP 90 mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

Manufacturer Tamron
Model SP 90 mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 90 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 27 o
Closest focusing distance 0.3 m
Maximum magnification 1:1
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type USD
Lens Construction 14 elements / 11 groups
Filter diameter 58 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Dimensions 122.9 x 76.4 mm
Weight 550 g
Additional information Two XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glasses
one LD (Low Dispersion) element
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  1. JaglanBeta
    JaglanBeta 13 February 2014, 13:19
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    IP 193.109.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: £399
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Tamron's woeful quality control (hence value for money = 0). Focus not quite as fast as Canon USM.

    Pros: Price if copy is good (especially now it's dropped for earlier unrealistic expectations). Sharp at f2.8, very sharp by f4 (at least where it does focus), build is decent for price. VC is extremely good. 3-position focus limiter useful. Hood (are you listening Canon?)

    Summary: I'd really like to recommend this, there's a lot to like, Lenstip's review is right about the sharpness, colour and superb VC. However my experience means I can't - for me you're taking a chance with a Tamron. I've had 3 of these in 1 month, all sent back as defective. Lens 1 : Two patches of internal haze on the lens element behind the aperture blades (visible to naked eye, blindingly obvious in a flashlight test). Lens 2 : Optically clear, but severe front focus on 2 bodies (unusable). Lens 3 : lesser front focus on 2 bodies, but amazingly again a general diffuse patch of internal haze covering about 60% of the same lens element just behind the aperture blades (only visible in a flashlight test). 2 of 3 copies with internal contamination and 2 of 3 not focussing properly is not bad luck, it's bad quality control. The haze would not have affected photos, but new lenses should be clean and clear - maybe a dust speck or 2. It doesn't bode well for durability or resale value. I now have a Canon 100mm f2.8 USM second hand, it's cleaner than Lenses 1+3 and focusses perfectly (but no IS :-(. Lesson learnt.

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