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I was thoroughly familiar with Tamron’s VC from zoom lenses I’d tested previously. The question comes down to: how important is image stabilization in a macro lens? Until now I would have said I could do without it.
The Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD Macro , ( compare prices ) ( review ) is a sharp lens that’s a good performer both as a macro lens and as a general purpose/portrait lens. Distortion is pretty much non-existent and chromatic aberration is well controlled.
Extremely sharp even when used at its maximum aperture, the Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD Macro 1:1 is one of the best macro lenses on the market, comfortably outperforming its legendary predecessor with the same focal length.
Handling and features Tamron's 90mm Macro lenses have earned an enviable reputation for optical quality and value for money over the years. With this new 90mm Macro optic, Tamron have brought their 90mm up to date with the latest technology by incorporating Vibration Compensation, silent internal...
I have always wanted a macro lens and went back and fourth between this and the Canon 100mmL IS. I decided on this one and I couldn't be happier! This lens is increibly sharp, both for macro work and portraiture. It's lightweight and doesn't take up much room in my bag.
Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Sharp
Originally when I bought this lens I had every intention to just use this as a dedicated macro lens and didn't really give a whole lot of thought to using it as a portrait lens. I mean I knew I could use it as that, but I have the tamron 70-200 and thought that would be my go to lens for portraits.