Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 172E

Macro lens • Announced in 1999 • Film era • Discontinued

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.
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

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD F0171:1A14 - 110.3mE62 2016 
Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro VC USD F0041:1A14 - 110.3mE58 2012 
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 272EN II1:1A10 - 90.29mE55 2008 
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 272E1:1A10 - 90.29mE55 2004 
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 172E1:1A10 - 90.29mE55 1999 
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 72E1:1A10 - 90.29mE55 1996 
Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 72B1:1Adaptall-2A10 - 90.29mE55 1996 

Compatibility

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

Features highlight

1:1
Focus Clutch
Focus limiter

Specification

Optical design
Maximum format: 35mm full frame
Diagonal angle of view: 27° (35mm full frame)
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: 10 elements - 9 groups
Mechanical design
Mount: Canon EF
Minolta/Sony A
Nikon F
Pentax K
Diaphragm mechanism
Diaphragm control system: Mechanical (Nikon F, Pentax K)
Electromagnetic (Canon EF, Minolta/Sony A)
Number of blades: 9
Focusing
Closest focusing distance: 0.29m
Closest working distance: 0.095m
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:1 at the closest focusing distance
Focusing method: <No information>
Focusing modes: Autofocus, manual focus
Manual focus control: Focusing ring
Autofocus motor: Micromotor (Canon EF)
In-camera motor (Nikon F, Pentax K, Minolta/Sony A)
Focus mode selector: Focus Clutch Mechanism
Manual focus override in autofocus mode: -
Focusing distance range limiter: FULL;0.29-0.4;0.4-
Image stabilizer
Vibration Compensation (VC): -
Physical characteristics
Weight: 420g (Nikon F)
Maximum diameter x Length: Ø74×97mm (Nikon F)
Weather sealing: -
Fluorine coating: -
Accessories
Filters: Screw-type 55mm
Lens hood: Bayonet-type 1C9FH (round)

Manufacturer description

The latest version of the Tamron SP AF90mm 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS and Nikon D models incorporates a new AF/MF switch-over mechanism that is cross-coupled with the focus ring clutch. This new feature facilitates photographers to change from auto focus to manual focus and vise versa instantaneously at any given point by sliding the focus ring back and forth. This improvement in Electro-mechanical construction is aimed at enhancing the maneuverability in subtle focusing operation especially in macro photography, when manual focus often comes more practical. In addition, the focus ring torque in manual focus mode is optimally tuned to make the best of this feature. When set to AF mode, the focus ring will not rotate as the clutch mechanism disengages if from the internal barrel structure. This allows the photographer to firmly grasp the lens around the full length of the lens barrel for steadier hand-holding without fear of interference with the AF operation.

At the same time, Tamron has enhanced the physical design of the SP AF90mm by applying new cosmetics. Ergonomic characteristics have improved by the employment of a new rubber pattern on its focus control ring; the distance scales and indices are now even easier to read; and the new gun-metal black finish completes its new sophisticated and high-quality look.

From the editor

For Canon EF-mount version of this lens, Dual Focus system (focus clutch + focus mode switch) was replaced by a single focus clutch. In other respects the lens is essentially the same as the model 72E.

Typical application

portraits, travel, macrophotography and product photography

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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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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.

Model produced in a small batch. It is collectible and can only be found on the secondary market.

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.

Classic focal length

85 and 90mm are the classic focal lengths of short telephoto lenses for 35mm full-frame SLR and rangefinder cameras (respectively). As a rule, this class of lenses consists of high-speed models, however, there were also slow ones in the era of analog photography.

Short telephoto lenses are optimized for portrait photography, so that the background blur and impressive isolation of the subject from the background is achieved at medium focusing distances.

Many short telephoto lenses are compact and lightweight enough to be well suited for casual and travel photography. Some models are equipped with optical image stabilization.

Micromotor

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.

Format

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),

where:

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

Mount

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.

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. 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". A lens is not considered to be "true" macro unless it can achieve at least life-size magnification.

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.

Weight

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.

Filters

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.