Tamron 90 vs Nikon 105 Macro lens

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  1. rakeshmravi

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    Hey guys,

    Any one used both? I got a Tamron and am getting pretty sharp. The only thing I hate is the extending barrel when focusing. In terms of quality do you know of any comparisons?
     
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    There are several models of both Tamron 90mm and Nikon 105mm macro lenses, and none of them are less than excellent. Which particular lenses are you interested in comparing?
     
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    The extending barrell means, it is not reducing focal-length to get close, which is a good news for the majority of applications. Why use a 90mm-Macro which becomes a 60mm up close?
     
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    Was a decision based on my wallet size. I got the 90mm for about 3rd the price of the 60mm Nikkor.
     
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    For precise focusing it might be helpful to get a micro positioning plate ie Manfrotto #3419. You can set the magnification ratio, focus and then fine focus with the plate. I have a Nikon 2.8 105 macro that I'm very pleased with.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/
     
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    I used the Tamron a lot years ago... not the best build, but it performed well enough. (film days).

    I went with the Micro Nikkor AIS and tubes to keep in my kit.
     
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    It's a very good lense and currently the only third-party lens in my bag. After some haggling back an forth I even got it for free. It nicely supplements my Nikkor 2.8/55mm when I need a bit more reach and likes pixels as much as silver grains.
     
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    I have the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8VRII. I played around with other lenses at a store but not enough of experience to comment on performance.

    105VR is a very sharp and contrasty lens even at wide open. In fact, improvement by stopping down is very small. My only complaint is that it's chunky and heavy. I love it for macro and portrait purposes. While VR is pretty much useless for Macro, it IS useful for not-so-macro close-up and portrait uses.