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11-15-2009, 05:04 PM   #1
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Tamron 90mm Macro

Is the above lens suitable as a mid-tele lens? I'm trying to decide between the DA 70 ltd. and the Tammy. I don't currently shoot a lot of portrait or macro, but I wouldn't mind having the capability.

OTOH, I have the DA 40 and love it.

I would have to get a used DA70, and it would still be more expensive than a new Tammy ($379 w/Bing and rebate from Abe's of Maine).

11-15-2009, 05:45 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by DennisH Quote
Is the above lens suitable as a mid-tele lens?
Sure, it roughly corresponds to the common 135mm length for the 35mm format.

It is on the long side for portraits, though.

I'll get a Sigma 70/2.8 EX which, IMO, better doubles as a (extremely sharp) macro and portrait lens.
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Yes, it is suitable for non-macro use and many members on this forum use it as a longish portrait lens. Be aware that the Tammy is substantially larger and heavier than the DA 70.

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It's still pretty light, though. It's just that the DA70 is ridiculously tiny.

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I love the Tamron for portraits.

Although I have no experience with the other 2 lenses, I will say the Tamron is sharp from wide open through all apertures. I don't think you will get the "snap" in focus with the others, though

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