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06-24-2012, 10:50 AM   #1
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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

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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.
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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.
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I agree with civiletti, you can most likely find old manual macro lenses very cheap. I would not trust AF for true macro anyways.

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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.

06-25-2012, 01:01 AM   #6
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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!


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