Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
06-24-2012, 10:50 AM   #1
Senior Member




Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Pembrokeshire, Wales,UK
Posts: 152
tamron sp90 advice please

Good evening all, not been around for a while, due to home and work commitments but loving my K5! (actually had a pic published too!)

I want to get into wildlife macro and have seen a used Tamron sp90 Di going for 175 at a reputable dealer.
a) do you think that is a fair price
b) do you think that would be a good lens to get me going?

My budget is limited and indeed, I'm pushing it a bit at that price. The few reviews I've read seem extremly favourable of that lens. What your thoughts please.

Many thanks Woody

06-24-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Oregon
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,418
It's a good lens. The older manual focus macros in the 90-105mm range are also good and cheaper. I have the Kiron [also Vivitar and Lester Dine] 105mm/2.8. It's quite sharp. For lizards and such, a longer macro would help. The Tamron adaptall sp300/5.6 is good close up.
06-24-2012, 01:13 PM   #3
Ash
Community Manager
Loyal Site Supporter
Ash's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 22,695
Excellent lens. Best value for money AF macro available. You won't regret investing this kind of money into a good copy of the lens.
06-24-2012, 03:50 PM   #4
New Member




Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 5
I agree with civiletti, you can most likely find old manual macro lenses very cheap. I would not trust AF for true macro anyways.

06-24-2012, 07:44 PM   #5
Loyal Site Supporter
pacerr's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Henry, TN
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,910
ALL of the Tamron 90mm macros are excellent lenses and practical variation in brands is more than compensated for by the skill of the user. DoF at true macro ranges is such that auto-focus, while it may be true to its purpose, rarely picks the desired point of focus for the intended depth of field and composition. (If you haven't yet played with a DoF calculator at macro ranges you should do so.)

The advantage of the Tamron AF 90 over manual focus macro lenses lies in its dual use as a medium telephoto lens . . . to which purpose it's also excellent.

I have two Adaptall MF 90's. If I saw an AF 90 for $280-300 USD I'd be tempted to get it for general use -- but not to replace the MF 90's for close-ups.

And all of the Tamron 90's seem to work well with the dedicated 1.4x and 2x TCs for an additional degree of utility.

If you don't like it, I'd be very surprised if you couldn't re-sell it for what you had in it.

H2
06-25-2012, 01:01 AM   #6
Senior Member




Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Pembrokeshire, Wales,UK
Posts: 152
Original Poster
Guys, thanks for the info.

I have considered a manual version of the lens, but as I would also wish to use it for general use I'll go with the AF version.

Once again thanks!

Woody
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
k-mount, lens, pentax lens, please, price, slr lens, sp90, tamron
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale - Sold: DA35/2.4, Tamron SP90 macro, Sears 50/1.4 and a few others jimr-pdx Sold Items 1 02-25-2012 11:47 AM
The other LBA (Lens Buying Advice) Tamron/Sigma 70-200, Pentax 50-135, or 60-250? JinDesu Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 7 08-22-2011 10:42 AM
Need advice on buying Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Pepe Guitarra Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 05-18-2011 06:59 AM
Tamron-F Pz-AF MC4 1.4x Advice needed pastorbbc Pentax K-5 7 05-11-2011 12:51 PM
Tamron 1.4 tc advice kenhreed Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 09-03-2009 03:29 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:19 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top