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Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD Macro for Nikon
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The Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD Macro for Nikon
The Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD Macro for Nikon is a stabilized macro lens for Nikon DSLRs. Key features include:
Vibration Control: The in-lens stabilizer aids in eliminating camera shake when shooting handheld, rated for up to four stops of correction.
Short Telephoto: Its 90mm focal length enables a decent working distance of 11.8" when shooting 1:1 macro. When not, the focal length is great for portraits. The fast f/2.8 aperture not only allows low-light shooting, but it also provides great subject/background isolation with a shallow depth of field.
USD Focus System: A big addition to this lens is the USD focus system. While the original Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di Macro offers great image quality, its autofocus wasn’t terribly good. The USD system improves this, giving you fast, smooth, and quiet operation. Its full-time manual focus design allows for simple adjustment if needed, and the internal focusing system keeps the barrel from extending or turning during use, especially useful when working at extreme 1:1 macro distances.Optics: Its 11-group/14-element optical formula includes two extra-low dispersion elements and one low dispersion element for reduced chromatic aberrations. The eBAND hybrid lens coating combines conventional multi-coating with a layer of nano-structured coating to minimize flares and ghosting.
In the "around 100mm Macro contest" you really can’t go wrong; all of them are good lenses. The newest Tamron with USD motor and vibration control is an excellent choice as a third-party alternative, costing significantly less than the Nikon 105mm VR Micro Nikkor . Truth be told, it probably has better vibration control and may be a tiny bit sharper, plus it’s definitely less expensive (and if you’re buying rather than renting, Tamron repair and service is far better than Nikon’s).
On the other hand, it’s got a bit closer working distance, being 90mm rather than 105mm. Other than that, though, I wouldn’t hesitate to use the Tamron as a very cost-effective alternative.
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