Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 272E

Macro lens • Digital era

SP Professional lens with high quality optics and robust build. Meets the highest standards and provides excellent performance and flawless image quality unachievable with traditional optical technologies.
DI The lens is designed for 35mm full-frame digital SLR cameras but can be also used on APS-C digital SLR cameras.
MACRO Macro lens. Designed specially for shooting close-ups of small subjects but can be also used in other genres of photography, not necessarily requiring focusing at close distances.

Model history ⋅ モデル履歴

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (VC) USD F0171:1A14 - 110.3m⌀62 2016 
Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (VC) USD F0041:1A14 - 110.3m⌀58 2012 
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 272EN II1:1A10 - 90.29m⌀55 2008 
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 272E1:1A10 - 90.29m⌀55 2004 
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 172E1:1A10 - 90.29m⌀55 1999 
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 72E1:1A10 - 90.29m⌀55 1996 
Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 72B1:1Adaptall-2A10 - 90.29m⌀55 1996 

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Features highlight ⋅ 機能のハイライト

9 blades
Macro 1:1
Focus Clutch
Focus limiter

Compatibility ⋅ 互換性

  • The autofocus will not be available with Nikon D40, D40X, D60, D3000-D3500, D5000-D5600 digital SLR cameras.

Specification ⋅ 仕様

Production details ⋅ 制作内容
Announced ⋅ 発表:April ⋅ 4月 2004
Production status ⋅ 生産状況:In production ⋅ 生産中
Production type ⋅ 生産タイプ:Mass production ⋅ 大量生産
Original name ⋅ 元の名前:TAMRON SP AF Di 90mm 1:2.8 MACRO 272E
Optical design ⋅ 光学設計
Focal length ⋅ 焦点距離:90mm
Speed ⋅ スピード:F/2.8
Maximum format ⋅ 最大フォーマット:35mm full frame ⋅ 35mmフルフレーム
Mount ⋅ マウント:Canon EF
Minolta/Sony A
Nikon F
Pentax K
Diagonal angle of view ⋅ 対角画角:27° (35mm full frame ⋅ 35mmフルフレーム)
21.6° (Canon EF APS-H)
17.8° (Minolta/Sony A APS-C)
17.8° (Nikon F APS-C)
17.8° (Pentax K APS-C)
Lens construction ⋅ レンズ構造:10 elements ⋅ 要素 - 9 groups ⋅ グループ
Diaphragm mechanism ⋅ ダイヤフラムメカニズム
Diaphragm control system ⋅ ダイヤフラム制御システム:Mechanical ⋅ 機械的 (Nikon F, Pentax K)
Electromagnetic ⋅ 電磁 (Canon EF, Minolta/Sony A)
Number of blades ⋅ 絞り羽根の数:9
Focusing ⋅ フォーカシング
Closest focusing distance ⋅ 最短撮影距離:0.29m
Closest working distance ⋅ 最短作動距離:0.095m
Maximum magnification ratio ⋅ 最大倍率:1:1 at the closest focusing distance ⋅ 最寄りの距離で
Focusing method ⋅ フォーカシング方法:<No information ⋅ 情報なし>
Focusing modes ⋅ フォーカシングモード:Autofocus, manual focus ⋅ オートフォーカス、マニュアルフォーカス
Manual focus control ⋅ マニュアルフォーカス制御:Focusing ring ⋅ フォーカシングリング
Autofocus motor ⋅ オートフォーカスモーター:Micromotor (Canon EF)
In-camera motor (Pentax K, Nikon F, Minolta/Sony A)
Focus mode selector ⋅ フォーカスモードセレクター:Focus Clutch Mechanism
Manual focus override in autofocus mode:-
Focusing distance range limiter ⋅ フォーカシングディスタンスレンジリミッター:FULL;0.29-0.4;0.4-
Vibration Compensation (VC)
Built-in VC:-
Physical characteristics ⋅ 体格的特徴
Weight ⋅ 重量:405g (Nikon F)
Maximum diameter x Length ⋅ 最大直径x長さ:⌀71.5×97mm (Nikon F)
Weather sealing ⋅ ウェザーシーリング:-
Fluorine coating:-
Accessories ⋅ 付属品
Filters ⋅ フィルタ:Screw-type ⋅ ネジ式 55mm
Lens hood ⋅ レンズフード:Bayonet-type ⋅ バヨネットタイプ 2C9FH (round ⋅ ラウンド)

Manufacturer description #1

This compact and lightweight lens boasts high resolving power and sharp image depiction with ideal background blur, making it ideal for close-up and portrait photography. A wide, smooth focusing ring makes delicate manual focusing in the macro mode easy and precise. An optical multi-coating is applied to its element surfaces to meet digital SLR performance characteristics. Includes a hoos and soft pouch. Filter size: 55mm.

Manufacturer description #2

Tamron's world renowned 90mm macro has evolved even further by incorporating Tamron's “Di” (Digitally Integrated) optical design, making it ideal for use with both digital and film cameras. While inheriting the same optical configuration of the previous model, the “Di” version features a new optical design applied to its coated surfaces. The lens is recommended as an easy to use portrait macro lens for use with a film camera, and as a convenient telephoto macro on APS-C size digital cameras since it provides a full-size equivalent angle of view of 140mm

From the editor ⋅ 編集者から

One of the best macro lenses within the focal range of 85-105mm. Renewed version of the model 172E with Digitally Integrated (Di) design. The optical system of this lens meets the performance characteristics of both digital and film cameras. The coatings of the lens were improved to reduce reflections from the imaging sensor to the minimum.

Canon EF mount version is the only version of this lens that currently remains in production.

Typical application ⋅ 典型的なアプリケーション

portraits ⋅ 肖像画, travel ⋅ トラベル, macrophotography and product photography ⋅ マクロ写真と製品写真

Notes and recommendations ⋅ 注意事項と推奨事項

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm

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Among autofocus lenses designed for 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras only. Speed of standard and telephoto lenses is taken into account.

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Quality control issues

The manufacturer of this lens does not provide adequate quality control. If you do decide to purchase this lens, do not order it online, but choose the best copy available in the store. In any case, there may also be problems with the build quality, and warranty repairs can take months.

Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.


In-camera motor

In-camera motor

In-camera motor

Focusing distance range limiter

The lens features focusing distance range limiter which allows to choose between the following focusing distance ranges:

FULLFull range of focusing distances.
0.29m - 0.4mRange of focusing distances suitable for shooting nearby subjects.
0.4m - ∞Range of focusing distances suitable for shooting distant subjects.

By setting the suitable focusing distance range, the actual autofocusing time can be shorter.

Focus Clutch Mechanism

Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually.

Original name

Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.


Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),


CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.


A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance from the lens mount to the film or sensor can also be different.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Flange focal distance

The flange focal distance (FFD), sometimes called the "flange back", is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.

Focal length

The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.


The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.

In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Electronic manual focus override is performed in the following way: half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the focusing ring.

Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.

Convex protruding front element

The convex front element protrudes from the lens barrel, making it impossible to use filters.

Number of blades

As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.

Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.


Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.


Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.