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Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: December 31, 2013, 10:47:09 AM »
Hello everyone.  I have just completed my most recent review of the Tamron 90mm VC Macro lens.  This is a great option for someone who doesn't have the money to spend on the Canon 100L Macro.  Take a look here if you are interested:

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/12/tamron-sp-90mm-f2-8-di-macro-11-vc-usd-review/

There are many, many pictures included along with my typical real world review of the handling, functionality, and performance of the lens.  Thanks for looking!
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Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2013, 10:48:29 AM »
Here a few of the photos that I have shared that I took with the lens over the course of the review time


Natural Popsicle by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


Time for Christmas by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


Icefire by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2013, 10:49:01 AM »
I'll share more photos here as I share them on Flickr.
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013, 10:55:27 AM »
Here a few of the photos that I have shared that I took with the lens over the course of the review time

Great series. I especially like the light in the first one...It's beautiful.

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 08:31:28 PM »
Thanks for the good work on the review. ;)

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2014, 09:23:10 AM »
Here a few of the photos that I have shared that I took with the lens over the course of the review time

Great series. I especially like the light in the first one...It's beautiful.

Thanks a lot, Click.  You are always great to take the time to comment on everyone else's work.
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2014, 09:25:18 AM »
Thanks for the good work on the review. ;)

You're welcome.  Thank you!
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2014, 11:04:52 AM »
Here's another landscape style shot from the Tamron:

6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2014, 09:36:15 AM »
Here's an example of a handheld macro with the Tamron.  I find that it is pretty similar in practice to shooting like this with my Canon 100L.  Tamron's VC systems are very, very good.


Dried Elegance by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2014, 08:16:16 AM »
Here's the lens used as a medium telephoto in a landscape application.  Very nice detail and color rendering.


Icebound by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2014, 08:42:21 AM »
Beautiful shot. I like the sky colors reflecting on the ice surface. Nicely done Sir.

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2014, 09:25:05 AM »
Beautiful shot. I like the sky colors reflecting on the ice surface. Nicely done Sir.

Thanks a lot, Click.  I too like the cool/warm color graduation on the ice from the rising sun.
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2014, 10:42:46 AM »
I read your review with great interest... (good review!)

I still have my "adaptall" 90mm Tamron macro lens.... back in the days of film it was the best lens that Tamron ever designed. It is still a fine lens (but completely manual) on my 60D, but I ended up getting the 100L for it's improved image quality and IS.

To say that a 40 year old lens is "a fine lens" speaks very well for it.... I would expect an improved version of the lens, like the one you tested, to be a very fine lens. Here's hoping that the Tamrons and Sigmas of the world put out more quality lenses at affordable prices...
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2014, 02:42:29 PM »
I read your review with great interest... (good review!)

I still have my "adaptall" 90mm Tamron macro lens.... back in the days of film it was the best lens that Tamron ever designed. It is still a fine lens (but completely manual) on my 60D, but I ended up getting the 100L for it's improved image quality and IS.

To say that a 40 year old lens is "a fine lens" speaks very well for it.... I would expect an improved version of the lens, like the one you tested, to be a very fine lens. Here's hoping that the Tamrons and Sigmas of the world put out more quality lenses at affordable prices...

Thanks for the good feedback, Don.  Your final statement really mirrors how I feel.  My current kit (the modern version - I have a vintage kit, too) is dominated by Canon glass (5 lenses).  I also own one Tamron and one Rokinon.  But here's the thing:  that Tamron replaced the 24-105L and the Rokinon replaced the 17-40L, and I have been very happy after time that I made that decision.  That's great news to me.  I think that it means that new lenses by Canon will be even better with more pressure.

How much better will the 35mm f/1.4LII be because of the S35?

I too own the 100L and it will be a long time before I part with it, but I still like the fact that this very competitive alternative exists at a lower price point.
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2014, 01:30:16 PM »
Do you think it's a worthwhile upgrade for those who have the 'old' non-VC version??
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Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
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