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Lens Reviews

Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E Lens Review

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

Keywords: tamron, lenses, non_nikon, macro, sp, 90mm

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Mechanical performance

The mechanical performance of the Tamron 90mm Macro is very good.
On my F80 and D100, the autofocus is fairly quiet, and (for a macro lens) reasonably brisk.


180mm and 90mm lenses

Tamron SP AF 180mm F/3.5 XR Di LD [IF] Macro 1:1 Lens
Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E


It is certainly much faster than the Tamron 180mm macro, and is further assisted by the focus limiting switch. Engaging the switch will restrict the focus action between the closest distance of 0.29 metres to 0.4m approximately, or from 0.4m to infinity.

Except in very poor light, the lens finds focus quickly and accurately, and “hunting” is a rare occurrence.

On my new D2H, focus is quite brisk, and within the limits of the Full/ limit switch is virtually instantaneous.

This lens / camera combination finds focus immediately with virtually no hunting.


The lens at infinity

Sliding the focusing collar back towards the camera body engages manual focus. A definite click stop ensures this does not happen accidentally. The manual focus is very smooth, though lacking a little in “feel”. The throw is very long, making accurate focusing easy.  

The lens at 1_1 macto


The lens comes equipped with an aperture ring (no G-lens nonsense at Tamron ) which immediately means I can use it on my FM2n as well as my more modern Nikons. The aperture ring has an automatic lock at the f/22 position, which is released by a tiny button built into the ring itself. It has full stop detents. Half stop settings are possible, but there are no half stop detents.


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Originally written on June 13, 2011

Last updated on March 23, 2017

Paul Fisher Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

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Neil Waldman (leo2500) on February 2, 2016

Does anyone have any experience using the non Di version on a Nikon D7000 or D750. Are the results positive or would you have to move up to the Di version?

bill kelly (paver12321) on March 25, 2015

Very nice-So much to learn!

Rob Avery (Robeaver) on November 27, 2013

Yes sharp, had mine for a year, then put it on my new d800.wow.