Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Lens

8.5 Rating

The latest iteration of a classic, affordably-priced, mid-range macro lens.Although Tamron has been producing 90mm macro lenses since the late 1970s, the latest SP AF90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 lens is the first with Tamron’s latest Di (Digitally Integrated Design) technology, which matches the performance characteristics of current DSLR cameras. The new lens features improved coatings that reduce reflected light bouncing off the mirror-like surface of the sensor, thereby ensuring the full colour and contrast ranges in subjects are recorded.

Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II Macro Lens

8.5 Rating

A fast, well-built macro lens for cameras with APS-C sized image sensors.Tamron’s SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II Macro lens is considerably lighter and a full f-stop faster than the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens we reviewed recently. This SP (Super Performance) lens covers a focal length equivalent to 93mm in 35mm format with Nikon and Sony cameras or 96mm on the Canon EOS 40D camera we used for our review, which makes it also suitable for portraiture.

Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] Lens

8.5 Rating

A fast, high-performance standard zoom lens for digital SLR cameras.Although Tamron’s SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] lens has been designed for cameras with 36 x 24mm sensors, it is also usable on cameras with smaller, APS-C sized sensors, where it covers a focal length range of 44.8-120mm on Canon DSLRs or 42-112.5mm on all the rest. The fast f/2.8 maximum aperture applies throughout the 2.7x zoom range with both sensor sizes.

Tamron SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC Lens

8.5 Rating

A fast, stabilised, standard zoom lens for Canon and Nikon cameras with APS-C sized sensors.Tamron’s SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC lens is designed exclusively for cameras with APS-C sized sensors and covers the popular standard zoom range of focal lengths. On Nikon cameras it is equivalent to 26-78mm in 35mm format, while on the Canon EOS 40D body we used for our tests, the equivalent range is 27-80mm. The fast f/2.8 maximum aperture applies across the focal length range.

Tamron SP AF 11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Lens

Tamron’s new SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) lens is the company’s first ultra-wide zoom lens designed exclusively for DSLR cameras with ‘APS-C size’ sensors. Available with Canon, Konica Minolta and Nikon mounts, it is surprisingly compact. This is largely due to a new design that uses a large-aperture glass-moulded aspherical element, hybrid aspherical elements and elements made from high index/high dispersion glass and low dispersion optical glass. You pay a premium for these high-tech materials but the overall performance of this lens fully justifies its price and it remains more affordable than similar lenses from the camera manufacturers.

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens

9 Rating

A ‘premium-class’ update to Tamron’s budget-priced 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di lens.Tamron’s SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens was released in time for the company’s 60th anniversary. The ‘SP’ label denotes ‘professional’ build quality, while other welcome additions include an Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) AF drive motor and Vibration Compensation (VC) stabilisation plus Full Time Manual focusing when the lens is in AF mode.

Tamron AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Lens

9 Rating

A stabilised zoom lens with an extended focal length range that will suit many photographers who want just one lens for their DSLR.Usable with both DSLR cameras and 35mm AF-SLR film cameras, Tamron’s new AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di lens is designed for use with DSLR cameras that lack sensor-shift image stabilisation (Canon and Nikon). It provides an angle of view equivalent to approximately 43-465mm on cameras with ‘APS-C’ sized imagers. Relatively compact and lightweight for its class, it will attract travellers and photographers who want a single, extended-range lens with a wide coverage.

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Lens

9 Rating

A competitively-priced, general-purpose lens with the longest current zoom range and effective image stabilisation.Designed specifically for DSLR cameras with ‘APS-C sized’ imagers, Tamron’s latest ultra-zoom lens, the AF18-270mm Di-II claims to offer the world’s largest zoom ratio of any current lens. The 15x zoom covers angles of view that range from the equivalent to a 28mm wide angle to a 419mm ultra telephoto in 35mm format. As such, it represents a genuine ‘all-purpose’ lens for DSLR users who wish to cover as wide a variety of subjects as possible without having to change lenses.

Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Lens

9 Rating

An affordable lens with good performance for photographers seeking a one-lens-for-all-purposes solution.With a zoom ratio of 13.9x, Tamron’s new AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lens provides a good single-lens option for DSLR photographers whose cameras have APS-C sized imagers. Weighing less than half a kilogram with the supplied lens hood attached it covers focal lengths equivalent to 27-375mm when fitted on a Nikon, Pentax or Sony DSLR camera or 28.8-400mm on a Canon DSLR.

Tamron AF 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II Lens

9 Rating

A compact and affordable extended-range zoom lens that will suit travelling photographers.In its new AF18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro lens, Tamron has provided an impressive 13.9x zoom magnification yet only added 0.2 mm in diameter and 0.6 mm in overall length to the dimensions of the AF18-200mm Di-II lens. Designed specifically for DSLR cameras with ‘APS-C’ sized image sensors, this lens covers the equivalent of 27-375mm on Nikon, Pentax and Sony camera bodies and 28.8-400mm on a Canon DSLR. We tested the lens on the new Nikon D60, which lacks a built-in focus drive motor and, therefore, relies on the AF motor in the lens for all autofocusing.