Tam­ron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro £580, $750

New, im­proved and sim­ply sen­sa­tional

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This is a new, re­designed edi­tion of Tam­ron’s 90mm VC USD lens. It still in­cludes an LD (Low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ment but has two rather than one top-grade XLD (eX­tra Low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments. Fur­ther high­lights in­clude dual nano-struc­ture coat­ings, and a muck-re­pel­lent coat­ing on the front el­e­ment. Other trap­pings in­clude a fast ring-type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem that’s op­ti­mised for macro shoot­ing, and a three­p­o­si­tion aut­o­fo­cus lim­iter switch.

All the high-tech thrills are wrapped up in a weather-sealed build, but per­haps the big­gest news is the newly de­signed ‘hy­brid’ op­ti­cal sta­biliser, which coun­ter­acts ax­ial shift (up-down or side-to-side move­ment) as well as the usual an­gu­lar vi­bra­tion (wob­ble).


The hy­brid sta­biliser works bet­ter than most at close fo­cus­ing dis­tances, but is still of lit­tle ben­e­fit in full 1.0x macro mode. Sharp­ness and con­trast in close-up shoot­ing are the best of any lens on test, and much bet­ter than the lab re­sults from shoot­ing test charts im­ply.

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