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September 27, 2016: Overjoyed with My New Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 90mm f/2.5 Macro (52B)

Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 90mm f/2.5 Macro (52B)
Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 90mm f/2.5 Macro (52B)

January 27, 2017

Wow, it's been exactly 4 months and 2 days since I got this lens, but I still hardly have any samples and product photos of this lens at all.

What? Four months and I haven't touched the lens?!

Do you ever get the feeling that you have in your hands something so awesome, something wonderful, something sacred that even God and Satan team up to tell you that it is forbidden to touch it -- that you end up being afraid of using it? That's how I felt.

On my crop sensor Nikon D5200, 90mm acts like 135mm (in full frame equivalent). For portraiture, people want to get an 85mm f/1.4, but this Tamron 90mm f/2.5 Macro is really a great compromise. It does not have a wide f/1.4 aperture, but the f/2.5 will suffice since I usually shoot f/4 anyway, and the macro capability makes it more flexible for other use.

Unlike its later reincanations that have 1:1 magnification ratio, this lens only goes down to 1:2. I usually find it to be enough for product closeups, like when you want to show the tiny details. But if you want 1:1, a 2x teleconverter will do the job. I tried it with my Kenko MC7 2x Tele Plus and it's still razor sharp!

This lens proudly carries Tamron's designation of 'SP' (Superior Performance), an assurance that you're getting the best possible optics. This lens is from 1979 but it will easily put to shame any modern AF lens that cost about 4x as much.

As of May 2017, this is now one of my MOST USED lenses and is a favorite all around prime. I mostly use it alone for product shots, or in tandem with my Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B), another awesome lens. Samples and review will follow. Please subscribe to stay updated. Thanks!

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