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Old 10-05-2013, 18:38   #1 (permalink)
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Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

I've been shopping lately to get a longer Macro lens. I currently use a Nikkor 60mm Micro. Love the photos it gives, but I'm ready to move to something that gives me a little more working distance.

The rub I'm having is deciding on whether to get the older version without VC or spend the extra on the VC model.

I regularly shoot handheld down to 1/30th and get good results using the 60mm.

I'm wondering if anyone here has experience with both models and has an opinion either way. Or is just opinionated.

The money difference is significant but not too much to take.

Honestly I would spend the savings with a bit more out of pocket and snag the Tokina 16-28 that I've been wanting anyway.

More honestly I will probably buy both lenses regardless which 90mm Tamron model I buy. So the money isn't that much of a concern. I'm just not certain I'll actually need the VC feature but don't want to miss out if it's a significantly better lens.

I know the 90 is considered a decent portrait lens. That isn't as much of a concern for me. I have a very nice 70-210 F4 D series lens that I break out when I intentionally set out to do portraits.. ( a very under-rated lens...)
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Old 10-05-2013, 18:55   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

The Tamron is a very nice lens and the Sigma 105mm also gets good press. I think that Markulous has used both stabilised and non at 100/105mm and I think that he now has a stabilised one.

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Old 10-05-2013, 19:11   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

hah seeing the sigma 105 again doesn't make this any easier.
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

Well I'm convinced to get the VC version of the Tamron 90 if I get the Tamron. Thanks.

Now I'm completely unsure which to get, and for good measure I also have added the Nikkor 105 back into my decision process.

I think I'm going to pass on a new Macro for now and order the Tokina 16-28 and think long and hard on the macro lens situation.

I want the ultrawide for Independence Day fireworks this July. Might as well get it now and get some practice with it beforehand.
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Old 11-05-2013, 15:23   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

I wish I still lived in Philadelphia, where there are camera shops that I could go in and actually handle and demo these lenses myself instead of having to google and ask other people's opinions. Buying them all and picking which one to keep isn't an option for me, unfortunately...
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

My friend has the non VC version which he uses on his Nikon D90 and has a problem holding the camera steady with hand held shots when doing macro, he would get better photo's if he had VC fitted. The extra cost would be worth every penny.
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

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My friend has the non VC version which he uses on his Nikon D90 and has a problem holding the camera steady with hand held shots when doing macro, he would get better photo's if he had VC fitted. The extra cost would be worth every penny.
I had the Sigma 105 and 150 (non-OS) for some years and thought long and hard about upgrading to a stabilised lens as I knew I'd only get 2 extra stops at macro distances - but in the end justified it on the basis of 4 stops for portraits.

I'm definitely pleased I got it but do have to say it's made me a touch lazier - tend to convince myself I don't need to tripod any macro now (which is just not true!). So, I'd say 'horses for courses': if you know you'll benefit from 2 extra stops then go for it!
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

Ordered the Tamron 90mm (with VC) Monday w/2 day shipping. Waiting on the UPS truck now to get it..
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

Sadly, getting the 16-28 may be delayed now. Shortly after clicking BUY on the Tamron, my wife called up from the side of the road with smoke pouring out of her engine. The car has shuffled off this mortal coil, so I need to buy her another car, as I don't share well with others. Love her, but she's one of those people who crud up a car, and I like mine to stay clean. In two days fast food bags and other garbage have found their way to the floor of my car with her driving it...

I was going to order the other lens next week. My debit card has a spending limit per week and it's my only means of doing mail order, or I would have just ordered both. Now with this situation I'll probably have to hold off..
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

The best laid plans........

I've had about 8 months of unexpected expenditure now that has curtailed a lot of my plans too, so you are not alone. Hang in there and you will get there
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

My copy of the 90mm tamron showed up an hour ago. Have not shot with it yet but I have it mounted. First impressions are WOW it is smooth fast and quiet. Even though it is plastic it feels solid.

Looking forward to taking it out tomorrow.
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC or not VC

Had a chance to take the Tamron 90mm out with my D800 this morning.. Took a bit to get used to the working distance.

I can barely even feel the lens as it focuses, and it is whisper quiet. I like the three ranges it has for the focus limiter. I didn't try with and without VC.

I am very pleased with my purchase. I am definitely going to prefer this over my 60mm. I wish I had it two weeks ago when I was going out daily for wildflowers.

These shots are the result. All hand-held..




I didn't see the mites when I was taking this second shot. It resolved those and some of their web, nicely.



Bee was not cooperating much. This is the best one I got of him. This was not as close as the lens would allow. Just as close as I could get it before he buzzed away..

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Very nice - welcome to the macro world
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