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Excellent macro lens: Review of Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro

Updated on July 17, 2014
Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro

At one time or another, a lot of photographers getting to like those beautiful macro shots which give a new prospective to the world around us. Macro photography is special in the way that it shows us the greatest details in things unnoticeable to a naked eye. Macro photography is fascinating and very satisfying therefore it is much loved by many photographers.

A year ago I reached that very point in my photography when I wanted to take a closer look at the world through a macro lens. I’m a Canon user and my first thought was to buy a Canon macro lens. Unfortunately I couldn't stretch my budget to afford the macro lens from Canon, so I had to find a decent alternative. My choice fell on Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro lens and I don’t regret my choice in the slightest.

Technical details:

Focal Length Range: 90mm

Focal Length on a cropped sensor: about 145mm

Minimum focus distance: 29cm

Aperture Range: f2.8 – f32

Lens system: macro lens

Lens construction: 9 group(s) / 10 element(s)

Focus Adjustment: automatic and manual

Filter size: 55mm

Length: 9.7cm

Weight: 403g

5 stars for Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro
Food images with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Food images with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro

It’s a total pleasure to take photos with this lens, images are very sharp as is expected from a prime lens and colours are beautifully rich. Even though macro lenses are associated mostly with flowers and insects, abilities of this lens shouldn't be underestimated. With Tamron 90mm f/2.8 you get plenty of room for creativity. I personally apart from taking macro photos, use this lens to shoot still life, portraits, street and food photography.

Portraits with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Portraits with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Female portraits with natural light using Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro
Female portraits with natural light using Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro
Street photography with Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro
Street photography with Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro

Truly beautiful portraits can be created with this lens thanks of its wide aperture that throws background out of focus and putting your object in the “spotlight”. Shooting strangers in the streets with Tamron 90mm f/2.8 is a big enjoyment too, for it gives you convenience of staying away from the subject and remain unnoticed.

Macro abstract with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Macro abstract with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 is well built and has a feeling of a sturdy lens. Manual focus ring is of a decent size and works smoothly allowing for a precise focus on your objects. To reduce focus hunting when using auto focus, Tamron included a focus limit switch, which can be used on “limit” or left on “full” at your choice. Front lens element is placed deeply inside the lens, which is a big advantage and helps to avoid scratches or marks on the lens. An extra care needs to be taken though when shooting extreme close ups to avoid lens bumping due to the extension of the lens towards the object.

Animals at zoo with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Animals at zoo with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
With Tamron 90mm 2.8 you can create some beautiful bokeh images
With Tamron 90mm 2.8 you can create some beautiful bokeh images

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 can be used both on cropped and full frame sensors and is the lightest from the macro lenses (in the similar range) made by other manufactures. This could be an advantage for photographers looking for ways to reduce weight of their equipment. This lens can be used on a tripod as well as being hand held. However shooting very small objects requires using a tripod to avoid blur, because human hands just can’t hold a camera so still.

In the box together with the lens you will find a lens hood and a soft pouch which is a pleasant bonus from Tamron.

After owning this lens for over a year I can honestly say that I am a satisfied customer and would recommend this lens to everyone, who is looking for a macro lens with light weight and great performance.

Product shots with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Product shots with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Plants with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Plants with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Shoot through glass at zoo with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Shoot through glass at zoo with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Water drops with reflection with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Water drops with reflection with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Insects with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Insects with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Food photography with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro
Food photography with Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro

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      Dina Blaszczak 4 years ago from Poland

      @ Darrylmdavis Thanks for looking in and leaving your comment :)

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Neat macro shots! I personally prefer Sigma's 50mm lens because it's lighter and easier to use quickly in most situations (particularly those when I may not have a tripod handy). You make a good, little-appreciated point about using macro lenses for portraits, though. :-)

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