Di: Digitally Integrated Design, is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras. This lens employs an IF (Internal Focusing) system that maintains the overall length of the lens during focusing. Uses two LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements that effectively compensate for chromatic aberration. Provides high-contrast, outstanding image quality and a soft out-of-focus background effect. Incorporates an AF/MF one touch switchover mechanism built into the focus ring(for Canon & Nikon only). Super performance series provides high performance through outstanding design specifications. Features the new FEC (Filter Effect Control) function that enhances operational ease of Polarizing Filter use. The new Filter Effect Control is designed to rotate the filter to the desired position while the hood is attached. This is accomplished by turning the FEC ring that in turn rotates the portion of the filter mount where the filter is mounted.
One reason why the Tamron 180mm F/3.5 is popular is because of its Strong construction
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Excellent Quality Macro Lens for a Great
I use this lens to photograph flowers and plant details in the field and in the studio. It has many uses when a macro lens is needed to isolate detail. I like the longer focal length especially when using in the field and the subject is not easily accessible. Surprisingly, I prefer to use it in my studio more than my Canon 100 macro lens because of the more convenient working distance and the ease to rotate the lens and camera in the mounting collar. That allows one to switch quickly from ver...View full Review
I use this lens to photograph flowers and plant details in the field and in the studio. It has many uses when a macro lens is needed to isolate detail. I like the longer focal length especially when using in the field and the subject is not easily accessible. Surprisingly, I prefer to use it in my studio more than my Canon 100 macro lens because of the more convenient working distance and the ease to rotate the lens and camera in the mounting collar. That allows one to switch quickly from vertical to horizontal format without detaching the camera from the tripod. I found it to be sharp through out the available f/stop range from the center to the edges. The price can't be beat and the quality of construction is as expected for a high quality lens. I really like the filter ring rotating collar feature that I wish other of my lenses had. It allows one to easily rotate the filter without having to try to turn the filter with the lens hood inplace. That is a great feature when using a graduated neutral density or polarizing filter. The light weight is very much appreciated when I am carrying equpment in the field. I also like the quick sliding collar that switches from auto to manual focus rather than a small slide switch that I never can easily find. You can't go wrong buying this product. It is a winner as much as their 24-75 mm APO f/2.8 lens.
Most Liked Negative Review
Didn't work with Canon 10D
I bought this a couple of years ago and it wouldn't work with the Canon 10D. [...] I have many other lenses [...] and they work fine with my 10D.
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The 180mm focal length is perfect for small moving subjects because you're far enough away with this lens not to bother them. The image quality like most macro lenses is outstanding. The sharpness of the lens is impressive even wide open a f/3.5. The tripod collar makes using the lens easy but rotating the collar is difficult. You have to almost completely loosen the collar before you can rotate it. The collar on my Sigma 150 is smooth and easy to rotate compared to the Tamron. Now for the manual focus part of the evaluation. Auto focus is okay if you have good light and you're not focusing at macro distances. If you're shooting something close in macro mode the lens hunts and hunts requiring you to use manual focus. Compared to the Sigma I own in a different camera mount the Sigma 150 focuses fast in macro mode and even faster for non macro use.
Mostly used for flower and insects. Great so far.
I am a lifetime amateur phtog. However, with the little time I have had avail. since purchase, this lens is outstanding. It beats my old 100mm by a long shot. I am very pleased with the results I have achiveed with my new 180.
I use this lens mostly for insects, especially dragonflies and butterflies. It produce sharp images. It is easy to switch from autofucus to manual; this is important to me because autofocus is usually only approximates the exact plane of focus I want - no fault of the lens, it's macro photography where one often needs to fine-tune focus. That said, autofocus is slow. It would also be nice to have stabilization.
Useful for closeups of insects and flowers at the local botanical gardens
Use this for macro photography. Since the focal length is 180 also good for portrait
Aside from slow auto focus I think this lens is near superb. Tack sharp images at all apertures, beautiful smooth bokeh at larger aps. I've used this lens now for over 5 years with my canon 5d (and now my 5d mk3) and I smile every time I reach for it.
This is a great long macro lens for Sony users who can't, and won't spend over $2K for the extremely rare Minolta Maxxum 200mm f4 macro. This is a true bargain.
Gets great close-up images without having to be on top of the subject.