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09-01-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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In the images , you can see that one of the lenses has a gold ring and black text on it and the other has no ring and gold text. Same lens (Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1). What is the difference between the two lenses? Are they the exact same optically? Why does one have a gold ring and the other not? I'm looking to buy one used today, but it has the gold ring and I don't know if that is a problem.


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09-01-2014, 03:18 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by noahdsnell Quote


In the images above, you can see that one of the lenses has a gold ring and black text on it and the other has no ring and gold text...
Actually no, I don't see.

What I see is three lenses, each with a gold ring, and where, for all I know, the leftmost lens is positioned so that some text is showing on the gold ring.

I did, however, see your other post, where you show two photos that do in fact demonstrate the difference.
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They all look the same to me.
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The one with the gold band is the VC model that has built in image stablization.

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The one with the gold band is the VC model that has built in image stablization.
They both have the same name and box...Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro. I don't believe this is the case, as I don't believe Tamron makes the same lens with stabilization for Pentax.
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Lens Line: Macro; Tamron USA, Inc.

Always useful to check the manufacturer's catalog.

Models F004 and 272
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Lens Line: Macro; Tamron USA, Inc.

Always useful to check the manufacturer's catalog.

Models F004 and 272
No, the one I posted with the gold ring is not model #F004. It has an aperture ring and totally different design. It is also not made in the Pentax mount.
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The one I have on my K-30 has the gold ring and is marked 272E on the underside. Love this lens!

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QuoteOriginally posted by noahdsnell Quote
They both have the same name and box...Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro. I don't believe this is the case, as I don't believe Tamron makes the same lens with stabilization for Pentax.
Yep you are right I looked at the ones at Tamron online and didn't look at my copy. It too has the gold band so I have no clue why the difference
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I contacted Tamron directly...they said that "the difference is only cosmetic" and that there "is no functional difference between these lenses".
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