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Tamron Macro 90mm f/2.5 Manual Focus Adaptall Lens 35mm Primes

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                      5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

  • Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length90mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.5
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 1
    Closest Focusing Distance15.3 in
    Picture Angle27 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size55 mm
    Groups / Elements8 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diameter2.6 in
    Length3 in
    Weight14.5 oz
    Product ID21805291

Product Description

The portraiture capabilities of the popular Tamron MF90mm F/2.5 (Model 52BB) are further enhanced in this 90mm model with its fast F2.8 aperture. For handling ease, the lens weighs a mere 426g, making it ideal for taking advantage of its maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:1. Its 2.8 aperture and 9-bladed diaphragm help in producing soft out-of-focus backgrounds, while the optical design of the lens ensures sharp images from corner-to-corner.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rod a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2010

Strengths:    sharp
color rendition

Weaknesses:    heavy
1:2 ratio for macro

Bottom Line:   
I have the 90mm f:2.5 , tele macro, 52b. It's an heavy but solid metal lens with the famous adaptall mount. I use it with mly K20D since a couple of weeks. Sure it is a nice portrait lens since the bokeh and the color rendition are fantastic. It may be sharp but not as much as the Pentax SMC 4/100mm macro or Kiron 2.8/105mm macro and is has 1:2 ratio only. So you can use it for macro with a 2x rear converter (getting then to 1:1 ratio) or other purposes.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Purchased At:   garage selling

Similar Products Used:   Pentax SMC macro 4/100mm
Rikenon (Kiron) 2.8/105mm

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nesster a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2007

Strengths:    Adaptall mount means you can use this lens on many different SLR systems.

The color rendition is excellent, on par with and consistent with Pentax glass for example. Very high resolution and good contrast, the lens goes out of focus very gracefully and has good bokeh. Focus with a Pentax K100D is secure, however I find with open aperture I tend to focus a bit further than I should.

The SP Tamrons of the 80's and 90's are very well made, I'd say physically on par with Pentax and a cut above Zuiko. I've had the SP 35-80 2.8-3.8 since '85 and never experienced any problems.

Mine is the 52BB version. I have the bayonet shade, but it isn't strictly necessary as the lens front is well recessed.

Weaknesses:    If getting to 1:1 is important, you'll need the Flat Field converter for this - I have one but haven't yet tried it out. The later f/2.8 version goes to 1:1 but also costs more used.

Certain Adaptall adaptors are getting scarce and expensive, e.g. the Pentax K-A

Bottom Line:   
Excellent manual focus macro lens - for portraits too!

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   goodwill

Type of photography:   Fine Art

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