Tamron’s SP AF60mm F/2 Di II; A 1:1 “True” Macro For APS-C D-SLRs Page 2
During my testing period it did nothing but rain, which was fine with me, as raindrops on leaves and flowers add to the delight of doing macro work. The lens responded to every situation and delivered very crisp images, all made with a Canon EOS 30D test camera.
I did check out vignetting at all apertures, as I do with all lenses by using a blank wall and even lighting, and found no discernible problem. Likewise, the lens and camera worked in excellent fashion hand-in-hand in terms of exposure and matching chosen focusing points. In fact, I found few if any faults with the lens, although changing focus from 1:1 to infinity was not what I’d call a speedy response. Indeed, the lens seemed almost startled by the request and would pause momentarily until it got its bearings. Going from a more moderate focusing distance to infinity posed no such dilemma. Indeed, one of the benefits of a 60mm macro lens (a.k.a. 90mm in APS-C terms) is that it does double duty as an excellent portrait focal length, and even as a moderate tele for general work. One suggestion: on the next manifestation include VC (Tamron’s vibration reduction) as that could come in handy for critical handheld work.
Tamron certainly has a long tradition of making fast, quality macro lenses, and the f/2 manifestation here is the first at that speed, and a very fine addition to their line-up. Every photographer should have a few fast “prime” (fixed focal length) lenses in their kit because of the benefits of the aforementioned speed, optimized optical formula, and decided point of view they proffer, indeed impose. For me, those with APS-C sensor D-SLRs (Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts only as of this writing) would do well to consider the versatile Tamron 60mm f/2 as a worthy contender to start or build a prime lens collection.
For more information, contact Tamron USA, Inc. at: www.tamron.com.
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