Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro review

The Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro is the last in a long and illustrious line

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro
(Image: © Tamron)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Recently discontinued, Tamron’s Model F017 was the last of its highly popular 90mm macro lenses. It makes a great second-hand buy for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, both APS-C and full-frame. It also works with Canon EOS R system cameras via an EF-EOS R mount adapter, but might need a firmware update, whereas Tamron recommends contacting their service department regarding Nikon Z compatibility. For DSLRs though, it delivers excellent all-round performance and image quality.


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    Super-sharp for macro shots

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    Hybrid optical image stabilizer

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    Good build quality


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    Compatibility issues with Canon EOS R and Nikon Z cameras via mount adapters

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The Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro follows in the footsteps of a series of popular Tamron 90mm macro lenses. No less than three iterations were on the market when the latest Model F017 was launched, the oldest of them costing lacking VC (Vibration Compensation) or internal focusing. That lens was ostensibly replaced back in 2012, with the introduction of a stabilized, internally focusing optic that also added ring-type ultrasonic autofocus. The latest F017 adds some notable refinements.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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