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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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This item: Tamron AF 60mm f/2.0 SP DI II LD IF 1:1 Macro Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model G005NII)
Customer Rating 4 out of 5 stars (75) 4 out of 5 stars (111) 5 out of 5 stars (2401) 4 out of 5 stars (92)
Price $524.00 $596.95 $166.95 $526.95
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Compatible Mountings Nikon F Nikon F (FX) Nikon F (DX) Nikon F (DX)
Dimensions 2.87 inches x 3.15 inches x 2.87 inches 2.87 inches x 3.5 inches x 2.87 inches 2.76 inches x 2.09 inches x 2.76 inches 2.87 inches x 3.9 inches x 2.87 inches
Item Weight 0.88 pounds Information not provided 0.44 pounds 0.78 pounds
Lens Prime lens Prime lens standard-prime Prime lens
Maximum Aperture Information not provided 2.8 1.8 3.5
Max Focal Length 60 mm 60 mm 35 mm 85 mm
Min Aperture Information not provided 32 22 32
Min Focal Length 60 mm 60 mm 35 mm 85 mm
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Style: For Nikon DSLR Cameras

  • 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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132 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Macro/Portrait Hybrid September 16, 2009
Style Name:For Nikon DSLR Cameras|Verified Purchase
I had this lens on order for months, hoping to be one of the first to get it as soon as it was available for a Nikon mount. When I first heard the announcement of this new lens from Tamron, I was more excited than I have been for a while over new glass! As a pro photojournalist, I have quite a bevy of lenses. I was interested in this from past experience with Tamron lenses, notably the 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro. I have used this lens on a just-about weekly basis for over 10 years. I do not have the latest version of the 90mm, but the one I have is still working incredibly well, and I have never had a single problem with it, even as much as I have used it. The main things I loved about that lens is the absolutely wonderful bokeh, impeccable sharpness, and nice color rendition. The AF could of course be better, but maybe it is in the newer versions, I can't say. I became aware of the 90mm lens over 15 years ago when I bought the 90mm f/2.5 version of the lens for Minolta, which I used on several Maxxum 9000 bodies for many years. I absolutely loved it, so when I made the switch to Nikon, I bought the newer one, although I have always wondered if they could make it faster, as the old one was 2.5, although not a true 1:1 macro (It was a 1:2, with a extension tube to make it 1:1).
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.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lens for Portraits (Beware of AF on xxD and 7D) August 23, 2010
Style Name:For Canon DSLR Cameras|Verified Purchase
Before I bought this lens I used a friends Canon 100mm Macro. While that was a great lens I felt 100mm was too much reach to use everyday. I also used another friends 50mm f1.8 and wasn't happy with it either, though the distance was better for using as a walking around lens.

This lens is the best of both worlds for me.

Pros:
60mm is a great distance
Fixed lenses offer incredible image quality, this lens is no exception.
Solid contruction.
Light weight (much lighter than the 100mm)
Comes with a hood.

Cons:
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.

UPDATE: 3/9/11:
- 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.

UPDATE: 4/18/11
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.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive lens. Some minor issues to be aware of. January 16, 2011
By NormC
Style Name:For Nikon DSLR Cameras|Verified Purchase
Others have already written plenty about the various imaging qualities of this lens and I see nothing to argue with. Used correctly it delivers very high quality images in all regards. It's a better lens than I am a photographer. I'm very happy with it.

Otherwise, here's a couple of thoughts about properties of this lens that a potential purchaser might like to be aware of...

* It has a 55mm filter thread, which means filters should be relatively inexpensive.

* The included bayonet-mount lens hood appears well made, fits nice and securely and is deep enough to be effective. On the other hand, it is likely to interfere with available or artificial light sources when working with very close range subjects, so you'll probably need to remove it when focus distance is less than around a foot or so. On yet another hand, the working distance at closest focus is very generous for a macro lens of this length, which is very appreciated in practice. This makes it a perfect lens for small product photography with controlled lighting.

* Auto-focusing speed isn't the greatest, but I don't think it's particularly slow, either. Just a little sluggish if you're in a hurry. In practice, it doesn't matter. This is not a sports lens. For most likely purposes it's more than fast enough. For very close macro, auto-focus on any macro lens is pretty much useless and it's faster and easier to manually focus by moving the camera, anyhow. Unsurprisingly, hunting can happen with a low contrast or poorly lit subject when focusing from very close to far, or vice versa. It's something people like to test, but again, in practice, rarely if ever necessary in a realistic picture taking situation.

* The maximum aperture is the headline selling point on this lens.
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