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05-27-2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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Tamron 90 deal?

After a few weeks of seeking a macro lens for slide-dupe work, I stumbled into a Tamron 90 for comfortably under $400. Wow, can that be true, and will the $50 rebate apply? It's listed as model 272 so it seems right, and the site says 'brand new', so I shouldn't need to pinch myself. I even paid for faster shipping with the rebate check! After buying I rechecked my link: out of stock with links to $450+ deals elsewhere. Wow!

I'm looking forward to this highly-regarded lens. This will be my first one with a 9-plus rating by forum standards; I'm looking forward to seeing what it can do, both up close and at a distance. I had been in the used market in search of a m-focus model, but for $300ish brand new (plus the 6-yr US warranty)? I'll manage to make this work.

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You shouldn't be disappointed. I really like mine, and it takes amazingly sharp photos.



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Where is this deal? Care to share your honey hole?
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QuoteOriginally posted by rfortson Quote
You shouldn't be disappointed. I really like mine, and it takes amazingly sharp photos.
Russ, that rusted bike picture is AMAZING! I like everything about it... just seriously wow. Must be my kind of composition/ color/ subject/ textures/ or whatever...

Oh, and sounds like a good deal on the Tammy 90!

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I have the Adaptall version of this lens and love it. Easily one of my best lenses. This MF version frequently sells just under the $100 price point.
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I have the Di version of this lens and it is fantastic. Probably the sharpest lens I have, the AF works quite well for a macro (limit switch) and nice smooth bokeh. Even great for distance if you dont mind the macro style AF.

If the version being sold is not the Di (digital, added coatings?) version of the lens it would explain the lower price. Otherwise its a great deal, I paid ~$375 plus tax for mine (CDN)

I highly recommend you also pick up a Raynox 150 or 250 (macro adapter) brings you past 1:1 only $50, fantastic, Raynox 150 used here with the 90 Di (more shots in my Flickr)




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My deal fell through, buyer beware. It was at buy.com via clickonadeal, which seems to have a spotty rep. After ten days I called them on the "1-2 day service" and cancelled.

Instead I picked up a BGN at keh.com, an SMC-M 100 f/4 that is in excellent condition by my standards. Many folks swear by the keh 'bargain' label, and now I'm one of them. For what I intend to do (slide dupes for the most part) saving $200-300 was not a problem! And I do have knock-off Raynox lenses I can screw on the front for going beyond its 1:2 native max.

Maybe some day I can expand my primes into Limited and SP territory; today is not that day. Thanks all for showing what the SP90 can do!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jimr-pdx Quote
And I do have knock-off Raynox lenses I can screw on the front for going beyond its 1:2 native max.
The cheap and clean way to go further is with old A-type TC's (for aperture control). Just remove the glass and you have an inexpensive macro tube. No AF, but AF is not your friend with macros anyway.

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I'd been thinking that a tube would be the 'cleaner' way to go, perhaps some day I will do that. In the meantime I believe 1:2 will be sufficient - but Thanks for the hint!
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QuoteOriginally posted by L33tGreg Quote
I have the Adaptall version of this lens and love it. Easily one of my best lenses. This MF version frequently sells just under the $100 price point.
You have seen a 72B for under $100.00, where? I haven't even seen a 52B come down anywhere near to $100.00.

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