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Tamron 60mm macro vs canon macro

Gunjan Vaishnav , Apr 02, 2009; 10:31 a.m.

Tamron is launching 60mm f/2 1:1 macro soon.
If anyone has any reviews or comparison, could you please share?
I am considering following options when I buy macro for my EOS XTi (APS-C)
1) Tamron 60mm f/2 macro
2) Canon EF-S 60mm/f2.8 macro
3) Sigma 50mm f2.8 EX Macro
Not sure about Sigma, but Tamron seems to be a nice option.


Gerry Morgan , Apr 02, 2009; 11:09 a.m.

I have the Sigma 50mm EX macro and it's a superb lens. In fact, it's the sharpest lens I have. The Canon 60mm is also reported to be excellent. And if the new Tamron 60 is as good as my Tamron 90, it will also be high-performing lens. You might also want to think about the Sigma 70mm EX macro.
If you care about internal focus (lens does not extend when focusing), that would eliminate the Sigmas. But for me, that's not at all important. Given that all these lenses (probably including the new Tamron 60) are wickedly sharp, I would be more interested in looking at the quality of out-of-focus areas (bokeh) and choose the lens that gave the most pleasing (to my eye) blur. It's a very subjective way to choose a lens, though, so you'd need to see sample photos from each.
Will you be using the lens for any purpose other than macro? Portraits? if so, having f/2 available on the Tamron might be useful (for blurring out backgrounds at portrait distances).
If you want full-time manual control (manually adjust focus even when autofocusing), the Canon or the Tamron would be the way to go.
On balance, if I were looking for a macro lens in this range, I would wait until the Tamron becomes available and then look at some sample photos.

Jack Nordine , Apr 02, 2009; 05:12 p.m.

I have, and very much like the Canon 60mm 2.8. But the Tamron will be an interesing lens once its out and reviewed. One of the charms of the 60mm Canon is that its so compact & light. I'm curious how much heavier the Tamron will be?

Dan M , Apr 02, 2009; 06:07 p.m.

I can only comment on the Canon 60mm, which is a really superb lens. Sharp as a tack, very nice smooth bokeh, nice build quality, quiet focusing, and full-time manual focusing. I have a Tamron 28-75, which is a very nice lens, but I think it is not a good idea to generalize across lenses from a manufacturer, and I have not tried the new Tamron 60.

JDM von Weinberg , Apr 02, 2009; 06:38 p.m.

I'm just curious why you have settled on the ca. 60mm macros? Are you going to be using a copy stand or some such where you want to be close to the subject?
I have the Tamron 90mm Macro and find it very fine, and the extra focal length does allow a somewhat more convenient subject-to-lens distance for my uses.

Julien T , Apr 02, 2009; 07:28 p.m.

I own the Canon 60/2.8. It is a very nice lens:
-Great bokeh
-Solid, compact built
-Fast focus for macro lens
-Reasonnable price

But the Tamron will have f2. It it a great advantage. It will be interresting to see the reviews.

For now the Tamron is only announced. We know with Tamron that they can announce lenses 1 year before they make it available so if you want a lens now, I would not consider it...

Bill Fouche , Apr 02, 2009; 09:28 p.m.

The Canon 60/2.8 is one of my favorite lenses. Highly recommended. It's great for most purposes, not just macro. Particularly portraits.

Avijit Sett , Apr 02, 2009; 10:53 p.m.

I have Canon 100mm/2.8 lens. It's great lens. Having said that I would like to see the reivews of Tamron before going for it.

Gunjan Vaishnav , Apr 02, 2009; 11:22 p.m.

Thank you guys.

@Gerry Morgan
I might not use it for portraits. As I have Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 and its superb lens for portraits. Bokeh is excellent.
I found one link about Tamron.
f/2 is exciting factor for sure.

B Goel , Dec 18, 2009; 08:32 p.m.

I have purchased Canon 7D recently. I am now looking for a prime or macro lens that can capture sharp and crisp images (mainly portrait and macro), but not so highly priced. I am thinking about:
Sigma DG EX 50mm/1.4,
Zeiss 50mm/1.4,
Zeiss 85mm/1.4,
Tamron 60mm/2 macro and
Zeiss 50mm/2 macro.
Any suggestion?

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