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Old Jan 24, 2010, 3:11 AM   #11
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im another tamron owner it is my first macro lens im not too bothered on the auto focus as i manually focus when doing close ups i have heard the sigma feels of better build quality but as for the results they are both as good pin sharp and fantastic once you know how to use them LOL
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Old Jan 25, 2010, 9:32 AM   #12
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im another tamron owner it is my first macro lens im not too bothered on the auto focus as i manually focus when doing close ups i have heard the sigma feels of better build quality but as for the results they are both as good pin sharp and fantastic once you know how to use them LOL
I'm with you on this... Macro is usually shot with the AF turned OFF, so the 'feel' of the focus ring matter more - According to theses charts (i.e. blur index), the Tamron ranks 1st in sharpness, next is the Sigma, then followed by Nikon!

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...duct/51/cat/22
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/221/cat/30
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/351/cat/12

-> I also highly recommend a flash as VR is ineffective in macro, plus with a flash a tripod is no longer required as well as the short flash duration will stop all camera movement and will help in stopping down the lens for larger DOF

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Old Feb 2, 2010, 11:11 PM   #13
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I recently through the process of buying a macro. I have heard nothing but great thing about the Tamron 90, but when I tried it out, I found the AF was awfully slow. If you are only going to be using the lens for macro, it wold probably do very well, but I tend to use mine as more of a short tele (I ended up buying the Nikkor AF-S 60). The downside to my choice is that the working distance is very short when trying to get close to 1:1.

Oh well, I guess I could try out the 105 AF-S VR, or the Sigma 150, or the Nikon 200f/4, or...
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There are no bad macro lenses, and saying that one is better than the other is like splitting hairs, but if cost is a consideration, the Tokina 100/2.8 is excellent. And there's also the new Nikon 85/3.5 VR.
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