Tamron SP AF60mm F2 Di II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro For Nikon

The Tamron SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro (model G005) is the first medium telephoto macro lens designed for APS-C size DSLR cameras that features a fast maximum aperture of F/2.0one stop faster than the F/2.8 maximum aperture found on conventional Macro lenses in the same class.
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By Alan

from Brooklyn

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Amazingly versatile

 
5.0

PROS

  • Versatile
  • Nice Bokeh

CONS

  • Quirky autofocus

BEST USES

  • Portrait
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography

Comments:

This is a fantastic lens for anybody's kit. Don't think of this lens as just a macro. I use this lens for several purposes: macrophotography, portraits, indoor, night, and standard walkaround shooting. Being a 90mm (35mm equivalent), it has a very pleasant slight telephoto perspective that is perfect for portraits, crops, and shots down corridors, streets, etc. At f/2, it's also fast enough to get really nice background blur and to shoot at night. All this on top of its intended application of 1:1 macro. My only complaint is that AF can be a bit slow at times and it can hunt a bit on my D5100. You may want to enable focus lock override on your camera to allow you to take exposures while using the manual override on the lens, without needing to wait for the body to confirm focus. When shooting moving macro subjects like bees, I typically use the settings above, and then shoot continuous as I manually perturb focus, knowing that I'll get a handful of brilliant shots amongst others that are not perfectly focused. It takes some trial and error to get the technique right. In any case, I can't recommend this lens enough. I've only had it for a month, but I've already taken some brilliant photos with it. As I get more used to using it, I think working with it's minor AF quirks will become totally natural.

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Honeybee, high magnification
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By qnotemedia

from Arlington, VA

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Sharp - better than the Nikon 40mm

 
4.0

PROS

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Sharpness

CONS

  • Slow Focus

BEST USES

  • Macro Photography

Comments:

I bought the Nikon 40mm Macro and wasn't happy with how close you needed to be to an object in order to get 1:1 macro photography. This 60mm has a focal length closer to 90mm because of the internal focusing (i.e. the lens does not extend beyond the rim). I've found it alot easier to use and everything I've done with it has come out alot nicer than the 40mm. Serves nicely as a portrait lens as well. My only qualm is the quality feel of the build, but I don't question its longevity.

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By drjond56

from Montgomery, AL

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

Outstanding performance/value

 
4.0

PROS

  • Quick Focus
  • Sharp Focus
  • Lightweight
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Lightweight construction

BEST USES

  • Macro and portraits

Comments:

The overall construction is lightweight, yet solid. Auto and manual focus easy and accurate with the Nikon. Exceptional macro with f2--subject clarity and bokeh just as they should be. Excellent portrait lens--especially using available light with the f2 capability.



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