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Tamron AF 60mm f/2.0 SP DI II LD IF 1:1 Macro Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model G005NII)
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- World's first F2.0 Macro for APS-C DSLRs; ideal for portrait and macro shooting
- Longest working distance in its class (100mm); Two LD Glass elements
- 93mm equivalent on APS-C DSLRs
- Full-time manual control mechanism; Internal Focusing
- For Nikon digital SLRs
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F|
|Item Dimensions||2.87 x 2.87 x 3.15 inches|
|Item Weight||0.88 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Focal Length||60 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||60 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||60 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.28 pounds|
|Style Name||For Nikon DSLR Cameras|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F||Nikon (DX)||Nikon F||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||automatic_only, manual_only||Micromotor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.87 x 3.15 x 2.87 in||2.87 x 2.87 x 3.74 in||2.83 x 3.82 x 2.83 in||3.27 x 4.57 x 3.27 in||2.87 x 3.5 x 2.87 in||2.72 x 2.56 x 2.72 in|
|Item Weight||0.88 lb||1.26 lbs||0.89 lb||1.74 lbs||—||0.52 lb|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||macro||Macro||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Aperture||f/2||32 in||2.8||2.8||2.8||2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||60 millimeters||100||90 millimeters||105 millimeters||60 millimeters||40 millimeters|
|Minimum Aperture||—||2.8 in||f/0||32||32||22|
|Minimum Focal Length||60 millimeters||100||90 millimeters||105 millimeters||60 millimeters||40 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||60 millimeters||55 millimeters||55 millimeters||62 millimeters||62 millimeters||52 millimeters|
The Tamron SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD Macro Lens with Nikon Mount is the first medium telephoto macro lens designed for APS-C size DSLR cameras that features a fast maximum aperture of F/2.0, one stop faster than the F/2.8 maximum aperture found on conventional macro lenses in the same class. The SP AF 60mm F/2.0 covers an equivalent angle of view of 93mm when converted to the 35mm format. With its fast F/2.0 maximum aperture, this new macro lens delivers dramatically attractive blurred background effects. And the addition of Internal Focusing (IF) and Full Time Manual Focus Control Mechanism to its list of highlight features makes this lightweight and compact 1:1 macro lens incredibly easy to use. FEATURES: World's first F2 Macro for APS-C DSLRsLongest working distance in its class (100mm)93mm equivalent on APS-C DSLRsFull-time manual control mechanismTwo LD Glass elementsInternal FocusingIdeal for portrait and macro shootingBuilt-In-Motor for use on all Nikon DSLR cameras
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As I bought the 90mm to use on FM2 and F5 film bodies, I thought it extremely suited for portraiture at the 90mm focal length, and used it for that purpose as much as for macro work. But with the switch to digital and the cropped format, 135mm is a bit tight for most of the portrait/environmental portrait work I do. I then started using the wonderful Nikon 50mm f/1.4 for most of that work. I also own the Nikon 85mm f/1.8. Both lenses are sharp, bright, great lenses. But they do not focus very close. Hence, I found myself constantly switching between the two Nikkors and the 90mm Tammy for studio, fashion, food and portrait photography.
Enter the 60mm. Its basically back to the 90mm focal length on (cropped sensor) digital cameras. If I shot mostly with a full-frame (FX sensor) camera, I wouldn't be so interested in this lens however. The working distance of 100mm even beats the 90mm for macro shooting. If I were a full-time macro shooter I might suggest an even longer working distance to keep shy bugs and such happy, but as I said earlier, this lens is a nice hybrid for macro/portraiture use.
I have only limited use of this lens as of this writing (just a few days), but this is my thoughts so far:
PERFECT PORTRAIT LENGTH OF 93MM, with MACRO WORKING DISTANCE of 100mm.
A f/2 APERTURE! This was probably one of the main selling points for me. Although, I must express why I am a little disappointed in that regard. From tests I have done so far, f/2 does not seem to come into play until around 14 feet to infinity. At focusing distances closer than 14 feet, the lens switches to f/2.2. It switches from 2.2 to 2.8 between 12-ish feet and a foot (that's not bad really, so you still have 2.8 all the way up to a foot in front of the lens). All true macros will do this to my knowledge, the physical parameters of focusing so close loses light. I was expecting this. But I absolutely think/wish the lens would stay a true f/2 in the portrait-shooting distances (3-8 feet lets say). Of course, its still a good deal faster than 2.8. But using the lens in studio settings or in manual modes or with manual flash settings, the aperture / exposure shifts could be annoying. And you are not getting the low-light usefulness of f/2 for any portrait-distance use.
This lens is a true INTERNAL FOCUSING lens!! I find this a monumental breakthrough for a 1:1 macro lens! The front element does not move, the lens maintains its length at any focusing distance, even at minimum. Filters stay in the mounted position. It uses a 55mm filter thread, which is very common and useful. I have many SFX filters in this thread that I can use for this lens. The hood is a nice length and stays put, and is easy to take off and put on. Seems as though it would protect the front element well and controls flare pretty good from what I can see.
The BOKEH OF THIS LENS IS SUBLIME!!!, (just as I hoped it would be). It has inherited the beautiful out-of-focus highlights that distinguishes the 90mm. Although, I was a bit skeptical as I noted that the 60mm employs a 7-blade diaphragm rather than the 9-blade of the 90mm; but the roundness of the blades seems to make a nice effect regardless.
The Autofocus on this lens is usable. It is much better than on my old 90mm. Most of the time, it seems to focus rather quickly and accurately. It makes a slight noise, but is not harsh or too loud. It will at times not find focus and rack in and out, slowing performance. It really SHOULD have a limiter switch as the 90mm does to limit focus to two distance groups. This is particularly useful to keep the lens in the focus areas you are intending, be it portrait range use or close-up macro work. It does not have a limiter switch! The full-time manual-focusing override is very nice however. It feels good in the hand. The manual mechanism however seems to be a bit hard to find focus at times; I can focus much finer and smoother with other manual-focusing lens rings. But it works, and I may become more used to the feel of it in time. Being able to 1:1 macro focus with decent AF/IF and manual over-ride (without having to move the switch or push-pull a clutch mechanism) is nice. Keeping it around 3 inches in length (at any focus distance) is very nice. It is a little over 5" in length with the hood attached.
THE LENS IS VERY SHARP, EVEN AT f/2! It's even sharper stopped down a bit. But the bokeh and sharpness at f/2 is amazing! The out-of-focus planes are very smooth. The sharpness seems very flat from the center to the edges (as all macros should be).
THE COLOUR RENDITION IS WONDERFUL! Seems slightly warm and somehow smooth. Skin tones are very good.
Seems well-made and robust. Is hard, slightly rough-feeling plastic with metal mount. Black matte finish blends well with Nikon bodies. I have no worries about quality issues. Especially with the standard 6-year warranty from Tamron USA. My copy is #0007** and it states it is made in Japan. It is rather light but solid feeling, and balances well on camera.
Shots so far with this lens are as hoped for. I am greatly pleased with this lens, especially for use on a DX-sensor camera. ****Really wish it would maintain f/2 from at least 4-6 feet, rather than 12-14 feet though!*** But so far I really like and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it for portrait/macro use on DX cameras.
This lens is the best of both worlds for me.
60mm is a great distance
Fixed lenses offer incredible image quality, this lens is no exception.
Light weight (much lighter than the 100mm)
Comes with a hood.
AF can be slow/sometimes it searches, but it isn't too loud.
Conculsion: This lens hasn't left my XSi body sense I got it. It is truly wonderful. The AF was a bit of a problem at first but once I attached a Speedlite 430 the AF assist beam almost completely eliminated the problem.
I highly recommend this lens.
- Canon has confirmed that some Tamron lenses (including this one) do not work as they should with the Canon xxD line and the Canon 7D. I just upgraded to a 7D and the Auto Focus is practically useless. If the lens is starting in a "very out of focus" position when you press the shutter release, sometimes it won't do anything at all. Other times it will hunt through the entire focus range return to where it started and then confirm the focus. If it is close to focus sometimes it will still take seveal seconds to lock on.
I do no recommend this lens of you have a xxD body or a 7D.
I haven't touched this lens in a while. But I got it back out the other day to play with it. And it seems that if I select one a single AF point the autofocus is much better. If I select Zone AF, or All 19 points it gets worse. The performance from a very out of focus position is still not good. For my test I used the Tamron 60mm and a Canon 24-70 f2.8L. I used a blank wall with a small hole where a nail used to be. I sat about 6-8 feet away, I started both from the minimum focusing distance and tried to get the lenses to focus on the hole using All 19 AF points, and Spot AF (center point). With Spot AF both lenses found the hole and locked on, however the Tamron took 2-3 times longer than the Canon L did.
I then switched to All 19 AF points. The Tamron failed to achieve focus on the nail 3 times out of 3. However the Canon L successfully found focus on the hole every time.
Look at the photos I've posted and not only is the lens an excellent macro lens, but it's an excellent portrait lens as well. Nice sharp focus, excellent color and bokah. The lens is primarily plastic construction so it doesn't add a lot of weight to my already full camera bag, but the downside of that is......plastic construction. But again, both of my Sigma lenses that have primarily metal construction cost twice as much.
The biggest weakness in my mind with the lens is the slow focus, it does not have a high speed focus system. The focusing is quiet, but quite slow, in fact the slowest of any of my professional quality lenses.
The F2 lens speed is however tremendous, I believe this is 3 clicks faster than my F2.8 Sigma, so the lens works really well in low light, but not if the subject is moving. With the speed of the lens, and its weight make it a decent walk around lens. Certainly lacks the versatility, and build quality of my 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM, but it also cost half the price.
Overall, a really nice lens, and has sits on my a580 body quite a bit since purchasing it, and really isn't that the ultimate truth of how good the lens is?