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  1. #7831
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    Yes, Ssil found me an absolute steal on the new version ($410 AUD landed). I probably owe him a beer actually.

    I do find it hunts like a bastard on autofocus though, it's slow and being a macro lens it's got a long way to hunt even if you flick the switch to limit the travel.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
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  2. #7832
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    man that is such an unbelievabley good deal. so, the new AF version sounds like its just as slow as the old one. no wonder owners of the in-built lens motor tamron 17-50/2.8 still say its slow.
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  3. #7833
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    Thankfully I bought the tammie fully expecting to be manually focussing macro by preferance. So I'm not disappointed.

    Finding how usefull 90mm is for portraits and that the tammie is wonderful at them was an unexpected bonus. Manually focussing portraits is an absolute PITA but fortunately being able to take them is a bonus.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
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  4. #7834
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    hold on, its AF but screw driven i beleive its the new version but its not the NEW version... i mean i dont use the AF on it anyway so its not really a big deal but i thought i should clarify

    this one
    Last edited by ssil2000; 11-16-2008 at 03:37 AM.
    Nikon D7000 - Nikkor AF-S 70-200vrII f2.8 | Nikkor AF-S 105vr f2.8 Micro | Nikkor AF-S 16-85 | Nikkor AF-D 35mm f2 |Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro | SB-700 | SB-600


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  5. #7835
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    Fair comment regarding the AF in a macro lens, but was thinking maybe it could be use for portraiture, where AF would be useful?

    So what are your general thoughts, AF or non AF? Is there much of a price difference?

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  6. #7836
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    having said all this i am not able to find an IF version of the lens on the tamron website, i could be wrong though
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  7. #7837
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    I'm confused. After just googling it I eventually discovered the tammie uses the bodies focus motor exactly as Ssil just said.

    The full lens designation is SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 for Nikon AFD.

    This is the current version of the lens isn't it?
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
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  8. #7838
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    Lots of unsharp mask to make this look focussed. 70-300VR
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  9. #7839
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    I'm confused. After just googling it I eventually discovered the tammie uses the bodies focus motor exactly as Ssil just said.

    The full lens designation is SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 for Nikon AFD.

    This is the current version of the lens isn't it?

    Good question, and it appears that the only way to know is to mount it on a D40/D60 and see what happens. The news link that Rooz posted refers to model# 272E and Tamron's website refers to model 272E. The news article clearly states internal motor for Nikon, while the website doesn't discuss auto focusing other than flip a switch for auto/manual modes on Nikon and Canon models which differs from the Sony and Pentax models. Model 272E means little, as it is for the lens - not the mount. Perhaps the motor is part of the mount rather than the lens since both Nikon and Canon have internal motor lens where Sony and Pentax are body based systems. Since they use the same model #, the question then becomes is it the 'old' Nikon mount or the 'new' Nikon mount. On a hunch as I don't know for certain, perhaps the 'old' Nikon mount was similar to the more universal Sony/Pentax design rather than the extra requirement when placing the motor in the lens. May want to download the manual from the Tamron site to compare the actual switch mechanism.
    Last edited by tizeye; 11-16-2008 at 07:03 AM.
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  10. #7840
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    1969 Camaro Z28.
    I cropped this one qute a bit to get part of the car next to it out.

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