Tamron 90mm Macro Lens Review

Hello and welcome to my post on the Tamron 90mm Macro Lens Review. In this article we will discuss the many pros and a few cons of the Tamron 90mm Macro Lens. We will specifically review the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens. This lens is available for Canon and Nikon cameras. Tamron is a Japanese company specializing in the manufacturing of high end optics for commercial and consumer use.

The design of macro lenses is to capture photographs on a life-size scale. These lenses are perfect for photographing insects, leaves, water droplets etc. Anything small that requires extraordinary detail and clarity. Macro lenses are also an excellent choice for portrait photography because of their ability to focus on very near objects.

Image Quality

This lens offers extremely sharp images. This is true macro lens with 1:1 macro magnification ratio. It is well designed for macro and portrait photography. Pictures of mosquitoes, bees, and coins are very detailed and lifelike. The Tamron SP series (Super Performance) is a line of lenses that are built for demanding tasks by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality.

One thing to consider is that the aperture of this lens changes according to the focal length. The smallest distance it can focus on is 0.29m (appx 0.96ft) The largest aperture available at the closest distance to the subject is f/5.6. It also lacks VR or vibration Reduction. Few of these cons are not a deal breaker. For the most part this lens is designed to be used with a tripod. Also the aperture issue is not really a big deal. A little more light will be required to compensate for the change in aperture.


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This is an auto focus lens with a built in motor. It’s built to fit both the crop sensor and full frame cameras. The 90mm focal length of this lens is equivalent to 140mm on a full frame camera. The construction of the lens is fairly good considering its price point. It is not as good as Nikon lenses, but then again they cost three times as much. The auto focus system tends to do a lot of hunting to find the right focus. Then again, not a big deal. Manual focus is utilized in most macro photography.


Despite its few drawbacks, this lens is an exceptional choice for macro photography and is a must have for every enthusiast and professionals alike. The images are tack sharp, superb bokehs for portrait photography, and its easy manual use. This lens will open doors another world. I give this lens 4.8 out of 5. Hope this article has given you some insight into the Tamron Macro Lens. If yo have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

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