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Tamron Auto Focus 60mm f/2.0 SP DI II LD IF 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Model G005E)

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Dimensions 2.87 inches x 3.15 inches x 2.87 inches 2.87 inches x 2.76 inches x 2.87 inches 2.91 inches x 2.01 inches x 2.91 inches 2.83 inches x 3.82 inches x 2.83 inches
Item Weight 0.88 pounds 0.74 pounds 0.64 pounds 0.89 pounds
Lens Prime lens Prime lens Prime lens Macro
Maximum Aperture 2 f 2.8 1.4 f 2.8
Max Focal Length 60 mm 60 mm 50 mm 90 mm
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Style: For Canon DSLR Cameras

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For Use With Canon EOS D-SLR Cameras 1:1 Macro Fast f/2.0 Lens Designed for APC-Sized Imagers

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This exciting new lens is the first in its class to combine topnotch macro shooting performance down to 1:1 ( life-size on-sensor image ) with unequalled depth of field control and extended low-light shooting ability thanks to is ultra-wide F2 aperture. With a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 93mm, it’s a superb choice for portraits and its two LD glass elements and internal focusing (IF) endow it with exceptional imaging performance.

Tamron SP AF60mm F/2 Di II
Zoom in close at the 1:1 macro view

The Tamron SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro (model G005) is the industry’s first medium telephoto macro lens designed for APS-C size digital SLR 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 AF60mm 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, the new macro 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. For Canon, Nikon and Sony APS-C size DSLRs

SP AF60mm F/2 Di II Features

Di II
Tamron SP AF60mm F/2 Di II
Portrait macro shot
Lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers and inherit all of the benefits of our Di products. These lenses are not designed for conventional cameras and digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.

Super Performance (SP) for Discriminating Shooters
Tamron SP (Super Performance) series is a line of ultra-high-performance lenses designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. In creating SP lenses Tamron’s optical designers put their foremost priority on achieving superior performance parameters—they are all designed to a higher standard with little regard for cost constraints. As a result, Tamron lenses bearing the SP designation feature impressive and innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence among those knowledgeable photographers that demand the very best.

Internal Focus (IF)
Internal focusing (IF) provides numerous practical benefits to photographers including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarizing and graduated filters, and more predictable handling because the lens length does not change during focusing. Even more important, Tamron's Internal Focusing (IF) system provides a much closer minimum focusing distance (MFD) throughout its entire focusing range. In addition, IF improves optical performance by minimizing illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.

Low Dispersion (LD)
Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely lowdispersion index, has less of a tendency to separate (defract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colors. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the center of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)

Tamron SP AF60mm F/2 Di II
Low Dispersion (LD) Glass for Greater Lens Sharpness


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Style:For Canon DSLR Cameras
Product Dimensions 3.1 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches
Item Weight 14.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B002AAYYIW
Item model number G005-C
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Best Sellers Rank #1,531 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com March 24, 2009

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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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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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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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