Review Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II

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Review Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II

Review Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II

Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II is an excellent macro lens for cropped cameras. This review presents an option for Nikon DX cameras. The lens has a built-in focus motor and is suitable for any Nikon SLR camera.

Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II G005

Lens view Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II G005

Tamron 60/2 Macro is a small but chubby lens made in Japan... As for the build quality, I have only one complaint - the tightness of the focusing ring. The focus ring is rubberized and rotates 270 degrees. The lens has an 'AF / MF' focus mode switch. Function continuous manual focus control implemented much worse than in the native macro lens - Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1. The latter disables auto focus as soon as you touch the focus ring, and Tamron does not disable AF in AF mode.

Auto Focus Speed ​​- average. I was comfortable working with the lens in both normal mode and macro mode. That's just the Tamron 60/2 Macro uses a very noisy built-in focus motor. When automatic focusing brings the distance to the MDF, it seems that the focusing motor stalls, and only then begins to focus from the MDF to infinity.

When focusing, both the front and rear lens elements remain stationary - thus the lens has full internal focus. The lens can be removed from a distance of 23 cm and receive macro images with an increase of 1: 1. Tamron 60/2 Macro has a focus distance scale and zoom scale for macro photography. For Nikon cameras, this Tamron 60/2 Macro is a lens G, AF S type

Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II G005

Coating of the front lens of the Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II G005. The diameter of the filters is 55mm.

Like most similar macro lenses, the Tamron 60/2 Macro changes the value of the number F when changing the focus distance. The stated maximum aperture of F / 2.0 can only be used when focusing at infinity. When focusing on MDF, the F number increases to F / 4.0. When focusing on infinity, the aperture closes to F / 22, and when focusing on MDF, the aperture closes to a maximum of F / 45.0.

At very closed apertures (for example - F / 45), the lens loses its sharpness due to diffraction, but at medium aperture values ​​it shows a very sharp picture across the entire field of the frame. Even at F / 2.0 lens very sharp. I rarely see lenses that create such a sharp image. Such a lens can easily cope with a large number of pixels on modern cameras and help create a truly maximally detailed picture.

Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II G005

Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II G005

Attention: when working with the lens, I encountered one unpleasant feature - the lens creates underexposed photos. This is most likely due to problems with the CPU lens chip, which does not interact correctly with the changing aperture value. To achieve the correct exposure the amendment should be +0.7, +1.0 EV. Rumor has it that only the first lots of the lens suffered from such an ailment, in the subsequent time the situation was corrected. Who faced the same problem, please unsubscribe in the comments.

Interesting fact: Tamron 60/2 Macro is designed exclusively for cameras with an APS-C sensor (for crop), but when I put the lens on a Nikon FX APS full-format camera D700, then an unusual moment was discovered. The lens creates strong vignetting on full-frame cameras only at focusing distances in the infinity region. The shorter the focusing distance, the less vignetting. You can shoot macro on an FX camera without any vignetting at all.... Also, the degree of vignetting is highly dependent on the aperture value. On a full-frame camera, the lens gets sharp 'outrageously'.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D700 in FX mode. On camera JPEG L (compression 'optimal quality'), without treatment. Functions: Control vignetting, ADL, noise reduction at slow shutter speeds, noise reduction at high ISO - were off. All shot in Picture Control mode SD (standard mode): contrast correction - 0, brightness - 0, saturation - 0, hue - 0, sharpness - position 5 out of 10. Used white balance: 'Auto', 'Daylight'. The size of the photos was reduced to 3 MP.

Sample photos on APS-C (Nikon DX) Nikon D80. On Nikon DX cameras with crop factor Kf=1.5, EGF lens is 90mm.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D80 and Tamron 60mm Macro using protective filter 'UV 55mm'. On-camera JPEG L Fine, stains from a dirty matrix are additionally removed. Functions noise reduction at slow shutter speeds and noise reduction at high shutter speeds ISO - were off. Everything was shot in N (Neutral) Picture Control. Was used white balance: 'Flash' and 'Auto'. The size of the photos was reduced to 3 MP.

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The Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II is a good macro lens for crop cameras. Can serve as a good portrait lens (Tamron positions it this way - macro portrait lens) It has excellent sharpness, internal focusing, is slightly afraid of flare and can work well even on full-format cameras.

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Comments: 42, on the topic: Review of Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II

  • Toad

    Thanks for the review. Now I would have to test his older brother for FF;)

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Thanks for the review.
    Question: I can’t understand everything in the macro ratio 1: 1, 1: 2?
    Make the review in a simple visual way.
    Thank you

    • Lynx

      I will try to explain "approximately" on the fingers, as I understand myself. The physical size of the sensor on the crop is 23 * 15 mm. If the ratio is 1: 1, shooting, for example, the eye of a dragonfly with a diameter of 5 mm and the dragonfly itself with a length of 40 mm, you will get an image of the eye on the sensor - also 5 mm, and half of the dragonfly itself. You can roughly imagine how much of the frame it will take.
      If the ratio is 1: 2, then the print on the sensor will be 2 times smaller, i.e. 2,5 mm, and the dragonfly itself will fit in the frame.
      In essence, this means that on a macro lens with a ratio of 1 * 1, you can remove about a quarter of the matchbox filling out the WHOLE frame without cutting out the pieces in Photoshop. And at 1: 3 (it seems) already the whole box.
      For example, at 35 / 1,8g, the length of a physically captured frame cannot be less than 12 cm.

      • Mai_ke

        Grandmother will shake;)))

        This is a little bit wrong - or rather, not quite right.

        The calculation is based on FF - 36 × 24 - where Trub-macro 1: 1.

        But everyone wants to sell, and to sell a lot and well, and nuances appear.
        For example, Olympus with its 4x3 undersensor also sells macro lenses - although they will not give 1: 1 on FF, but will actually give 1: 2, on an oli sensor it will be just like 1: 1.

        And I don’t really understand whether this tampon gives Trub 1: 1 - or is it gracefully recalculated for the crop factor?
        Because FRs are traditionally considered exactly according to FF, and 60 is 60, without amendments; but I do not know about the increase, alas.

    • Artuwok

      I will support the Lynx.
      I understand the scale in the photo absolutely the same. By the way, as an option for a macro lens I use Idustar 61 L \ D

    • Edward
      Vitaly, maybe here you will find the answer to your question.

  • just Vasya

    I’ll try to explain more briefly, the width of our matrix (crop) is roughly 23 mm, if the camera shoots an object 23 mm long it will be macro 1: 1 if 46 mm, then it will be 1: 2 and so on turns out 23 mm for the whole frame (monitor ) overall looks impressive !!!

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    More or less clear. But still I want to know the opinion of a specialist. :))

    • Lynx

      and you are funny!

  • Artem

    Yes, everything is told correctly to you and sensible references give.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Good. Thanks for that.
    Then here is a snapshot
    Lens I-61 L / Z + one macro ring. The distance is 14-18 centimeters. What is the ratio?

    • Edward

      Well, you and Vitalik….

      • Lynx

        Jwa lemon tea to Mr. Edward!

      • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

        Well, I wonder

        • Lynx

          I will certainly try to restrain myself in expressions, but it would not hurt you to try to think at least sometimes. You can - logically

  • Lyudmila

    And I will give tea with sweets, Lynx!

  • Lyudmila

    What about the bokeh of this lens?

    • gene

      Bokeh is very soft, I use it and I’m not always happy with it, on EOS 60D it doesn’t yellow as usual with tamrons, but goes towards red or purple, and bokeh is more Planar like. I used to use it on a slightly covered diaphragm until I realized how much more interesting the drawing on f2.0 immediately starts to feel the volume, but still I prefer the manual conic 50 1.4, so that I don’t mess with color later

  • Alexander

    Hello! I have a D7000 Nikon 35mm 1.8G and this Tamron 60mm 2.0. So I decided to upgrade and take the D7200. But I can't think of anything to do with the lenses. I am mainly engaged in subject and portrait photography, but sometimes I also need a wide angle for the interior. 35mm seems to be good, but I'm thinking about a wider angle, but there are problems with Tamron. It underexposes like you said ~ at 0.7 - 1.0. but it still did not go where, but the fact that it gets into focus rarely makes me sad. Macro does well in manual mode, but portrait photography with autofocus is problematic. I bought it from my hands, which is probably why the previous owner got rid of it.
    I am thinking to sell it and buy Nikon's 60mm or I can sell both lenses and buy a kit for example 18-105 for a wide angle and events + 50mm 1.8 for a portrait, but here I lose the macro ...
    Can you tell me what will be better?

    • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

      The lens is gorgeous, beautiful bokeh, very sharp, and by the way, on the Nikon 7100, the correction should be done on the contrary -0.3. Of the problems - autofocus, it's just a tragedy, out of 10 photos 2-3 will be sharp, the rest are out of focus, I can only explain this by a very small grip. f2.2 - grip 2-3 cm at 1 meter. Corrected the lens, it didn't work. I solve the problem simply, live mode and switch to focus mode in the manual. All pleasant pictures!

      • Thomas Irkutsk

        Yes, I have the same problem. Unstable autofocus. One click is front focus, the other is back focus. Sometimes it can get to the point ... It's on the D7000.
        I don’t know what to do, on both cameras there is such a hemorrhage.
        On the D40, such nonsense - if you focus from the infinity side, there will be back focus, if from near - the front.

    • Oleg

      And what is the serial number of the lens?

  • anonym

    Alexander, as an option 85 1,8 + some whale 18-55vr they have it is quite macro! What is more important, then focus and close better in the amount received!

  • Alexander

    Please tell me the lens hood size for this lens !?

  • Karen

    I looked at the pictures, and again I was convinced that on 50-60mm lenses the aperture of 2,8 and even more so 3,5 is not for portraits - it does not blur the background at all. At this focal length, 1,8 or 2,0 is better.

    • Oleg

      For this reason, no 17-50 / 2.8 can ever compare with his older brother 24-70 / 2.8. All the same, 50 / 2.8 on the crop is dull and boring, but 70 / 2.8 on a full frame is already something. Although it costs 17-50 is also not cheap, especially native

      • Karen

        And even better on a crop, an ordinary fix - 85mm 1,8 No zoom can be compared with it, not to mention that. which costs much less - a used one about 200 euros. Judge for yourself, here is a photo taken with an 85mm lens on a Canon 40D. The background is roller-blurred. At worst, 55mm is possible but at an aperture of 1,7-2,0

        • Thomas Irkutsk

          Flat face turns

    • Jury

      I agree with Oleg, a full frame, even at 35mm 2,8, will pleasantly blur the background in a half-length portrait. Full frame is our everything :)

      • Oleg

        This is ultrumum crop

        • Karen

          No need to hait crop)))) And on crop you can get pictures with a blurred background, even with a 50-55mm lens. Judge for yourself, 55 mm 1,7

          • Oleg

            Nobody crop. But in the ability to control the depth of field, the full-frame steers. Also a macro, for example, many shoot on crop because of the greater depth of field

  • Victor Stargazer

    and yet, gentlemen, what to choose for 40d, Tamron 60 macro or Canon 60 macro ???? is needed specifically for macro photography.

    • York

      What money is enough, and so, of course, dear.

      Hush, faster, more convenient.

      This tampon is really noisy, sometimes annoying, sometimes alarming ...

  • Victor Stargazer

    sharpness and detail of the image is important.

  • Victor Stargazer

    and he also has a dustproof moisture protection ???

  • Eugene

    Good afternoon. If you compare this lens with Tamron SP AF 90mm f / 2.8 Di Macro 1: 1. They are approximately in the same price category, for Nikon5200 what do you recommend? And if there is already an AF-S Nikkkor 35mm 1.8G, maybe it makes sense to take the Tamron SP AF 90mm? If you use it exactly as a macro portrait.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Under crop better 60/2

      • York

        And this is what / how to shoot.

        If the subject, and even with a tripod, and with the exposed light, then in general, nevermind, but 60 is better just because of the angle, but you can generally have the manual on the rings, and it will be nice.
        At manuals m. there is also a serious advantage in the form of a beautiful, characteristic bokeh, which the current AF-glasses have no default.

        But if in the field, and even livestock, and even with hands, then 85 is not bad, but 105 is best, it is also stable, it also helps.

    • dredgers

      For Nikon 5100 I use TAMRON SP90 of a slightly newer release than described by respected Arkady. I can't get enough of it, the focusing is fast and flawless, the stabilizer expands the ability to work with hands, an excellent portrait lens for shooting children, excellent detail and sharpness. You can shoot sports successfully if you choose a suitable position. About macro and subject shooting - I am an ideal. I think that it should work more clearly and more reliably than the SP60. For the price it is more expensive. Yes, there are some specifics, not minuses - female portraits come out harshly (lacking softness) and focal portraits are not always convenient. The ideal is not to be found, which is more important to whom, let those qualities be chosen. The SP60 has a lot of complaints about focusing, I have enough excellent manual lenses, so why should I have one more expensive by an order of magnitude.

  • Alexey

    I would like to clarify this point with the owners of this lens. My specimen focus ring in manual mode, reaching the limit (near or far), continues to rotate, but significantly tighter. On my other lenses, either a complete restriction in this case (nikon 35 1.8), or the ring continues to rotate without any tangible resistance (nikon 70-300). I bought it with my hands, so I can’t say if this was from the very beginning. Otherwise, the rotation of the ring is quite smooth and this feature does not affect the work. Is this behavior normal for tamron or is it some kind of jamb?

  • Valery

    Incorrect work with tamrons is probably common. Then he wore his commission, the verdict is the same. But the picture is good for me, sharpness for five was just a bit heavy, I thought of changing it to Nikonovsky but not fate.

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