Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR

Model: AF272M-700

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Filter thread 55 mm
Weight 14.29 oz (405 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.8 x 3.8" (7.11 x 9.65 cm)


Minimum focus distance 11.4" (28.96 cm)
Magnification 1x
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:1
Focal length 90 mm
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Diaphragm blades 9
Groups/elements 9/10
Angle of view 27°
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)


Tripod collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image stabilization No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
16 December 2009

As Tamron’s macro has a focal length of 90mm rather than 100mm or 105mm, the lens has to be slightly closer than would otherwise be the case to record a true macro (1:1) image.

  • +

    Great value for money

  • -

    Wide-open non-macro MTF is poor

The digital picture.34755376
11 April 2010

The Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens is a popular short-telephoto macro lens - Popular because of its modest size, good image quality, decent AF (autofocus) and reasonable price. Its small size and light weight make the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens a non-burden to take with you.

15 March 2013

The Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E is the newest at this time of writing in a line of Tamron macro lenses dating back many years. It will carry on this proud tradition. Apart from the slightly less robust feel of the full / limit switch, I really can find nothing to criticise.

9 February 2011

ePHOTOzine's expert Gary Wolstenholme takes a long, lingering look at a macro lens that has an enviable reputation.

  • +

    Excellent resolution, Good build, Excellent value for money

  • -

    Reduction in contrast at f/32

Techradar uk.32817471
26 October 2011

The most affordable macro option available at around this focal length, the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 and its previous incarnations have long enjoyed popularity as a budget third-party alternative to the bigger brands.

Photozone de.34752480
21 September 2010

The Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 SP Di is an excellent lens without significant flaws and it is at least as good if not even slightly better than its more expensive native Pentax counterpart. The resolution figures are impressively high, vignetting is marginal and distortions are non-existent.

22 August 2010

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.

12 January 2010

A telephoto macro lens let you shoot frame-filling shots of small things without having to get too close. Here, we test a classic optic.

  • +

    Excellent resolution, Good build, Excellent value for money

  • -

    Reduction in contrast at f/32

29 August 2009

This lens will not disappoint you with its sharpness, which is a match for its competition especially wide open. The lens actually read out as f/3 wide open which is not quite ‘what it says on the tin’, loosing almost a third of a stop but does come in straight away with good resolution figures.

  • +

    Focussing speed (for a macro), Performance wide open, Lightweight

  • -

    Build quality not quite as robust as some., Peak in wrong place for Macro (but great for portraiture), Lack of a protective case/pouch

Photozone de.34752480
27 December 2007

The Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 SP Di is a superb lens without any significant flaws and it's easily as good as the corresponding (classic) Micro-Nikkor - the resolution figures are extremely high, vignetting is marginal, CAs are low and distortions are non-existent.

User Reviews
Imaging resource.34355410
22 March 2017

I will admit this lens produces some good quality, sharp picture. Both macro and portrait. And yes, it less than half the price of the Nikon 105. However, the poor autofocus is a real disappointment.

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    Good image quality Lightweight Price

  • -

    Colour profile noisy poor auto focus

B h photo.32817553
5 March 2015

I shoot mostly macro and this lens reproduces 1:1 at its closest focus distance, has excellent IQ, decent AF performance, pleasant bokeh, acceptable but not stellar build quality, and is bargain priced.

2 May 2012

Overall this is a very good lens. It takes some time to get used to the AF/MF switch. This lens is light weight and very sharp. At F2.8 there's some slight vignetting on my 5D Mark II--barely noticeable. Compared to my Canon EF 85mm F1.8, the auto focus of the Tamron is slow and noisy.

Shopping com.33655990
21 November 2008

I picked up a Tamron 90mm Macro F 2.8 a week back and I was truly dissappointed to see the aperture change to F5.6 at close range. There is no manual way of controlling the aperture to keep it steady at F 2.8 as it is made to seem in th specs.

  • +

    1.Good sharpness. 2.Good flash reproduction. 3.Good pricing

  • -

    1.No F2.8 aperture control trhough the focus range. 2. No VR or IS in the lens.

Photography review.34752477
8 September 2007

I really wanted a macro lens because when you do not have the time to go out to scenic places just your backyard can open up a whole new world that is waiting to be explored and represented in beautiful pictures.

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    Bokeh, Sharpness, Color saturation, contrast, Optics overall, A six year warranty

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    I don't want to quote build quality as a weakness (but have to mention here for clarification since some people might have written it as a weakness) because you cannot expect all metal construction for the price. It is good quality polycarbonate and will surely last quite long if not forever.

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    In The Box
    • Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum SLR
    • Front & Rear Lens Caps
    • Hood
    • Soft Pouch
    • 6-Year Warranty
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