Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Canon review – An alternative macro lens choice?

By David Newton - Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro lens performance | Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro versus competition | Conclusion

Launched in September 2012, the Tamron SP90mm f/2.8 Di Macro II VC USD lens aims to continue in the same vein as previous Tamron macro lenses by offering very high image quality in a well-priced package that rivals the offerings from the major camera manufacturers. A true macro lens, this model offers full 1:1 lifesize reproduction and includes Tamron’s Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism to help achieve images free of camera shake even at longer shutter speeds. Also present is their USD, or Ultrasonic Silent Drive, AF motor for fast, quiet AF operation.

Tamron have long held a strong reputation in the macro lens arena, offering lenses that compete well in terms of optical performance when compared to camera manufacturer’s own offerings. Even ‘brand fanatics’ have been won over by Tamron’s macro lenses, so a new lens that incorporates several advances in lens technology is something to pay attention to. With a specification list that reads very much like the Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, could this model from Canon mount version from Tamron really be a credible.

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro lens performance

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro versus competition

Conclusion