Tech Talk – Tamron 90mm Macro Lens Review

90mm Tamron
90mm Tamron

A little while ago I bought a Tamron 90mm Macro lens, an early Christmas Present (yes Moth got a new lens too! But that’s another post), and as much as I was excited to get it and use it, I really have not had much of a chance to do anything with it! So I carved out some time recently to spend with my new little friend, although he really isn’t that little!

At 405g (14oz) and 9.7mm (3.8″) it’s not that little. It has 9 diaphragm blades and f/2.8 (macro 1:1), so it is quite a jump from my 50mm prime (I still love my nifty 50!)………. I really wanted something that would create a lovely bokeh effect (9 blade diaphragm is supposedly very good for this), and something I can shoot my flowers and things with, not so much bugs (not really a bug person), but I also like random textures, rusted nails sticking out of wood, that sort of thing. Β You can get Β all the specs here from Tamron. It is supposed to be the lightest 90mm lens on the market (at the time of purchase, [Canon 600g, the Sigma 450g]). add that to the weight of my D7100 and it’s fairly hefty!

I know when shooting macro, you are better off to use a tripod, but honestly I often find it a pain, as I am down low, or on a really strange angle, which I cannot get the tripod at. Tripod is OK for still life type shots, but for the everyday shots I am OK with out the tripod…………….unless I want to attempt a stacked shot. I find it is also really nice for portraits (well of the dog anyway πŸ™‚ )I find it is a little soft, not as crisp as my Nikon 50mm, I have found that with some lenses (Sigma and Tamron) where as with the Nikons, they are all super sharp. I don’t mind, perhaps I need to play with the manual focus a little more?

til next time, happy snapping…………..

-Julz