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    Tamron SP90mm F2.5 macro or nikkor 105?

    I have been pondering these.

    It is a few $ cheaper than the nikkor 105 f/2.5 that I am also pondering.

    Thoughts one way or the other? thanks

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    If you want the lens for macro, get the Tamron. If not, get the Nikkor. They both are really good optically in their primary applications. The 105 is legendary, and the Tamron is very highly regarded as a macro, though it seems the Kiron is regarded even better.
    Just my 2 cents.
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    ^^What he said. If you go the 105 route get the Nikkor PC version, if it's pre-Ai
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    I have the Tamron 90 mm macro lens in the AF version. This is one fantastic lens. I use it mainly for portraits now, but there was a time when I used it for macro work a lot. If the 105 Nikkor is better, I can't see how it would be very much so because the Tamron is that good. Anyway, that's my $.02.
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    Well, the sharpness and rendition of the 105 is legendary. I've heard that people have gotten good results with the 105 on extension tubes, even, to 1:2, anyway. The Tamron is obviously a better macro lens, and macro lenses as a rule still perform well at infinity. If the OP wants to do macro work, or macro and general work, I'd recommend the Tamron. If not, well, as I said, the 105's image quality is legendary.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
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    Are you asking about the 105/2.5 or the 105/2.8 Micro-Nikkor?
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    I owned the Tamron 90 f2.5 and it was a superb lens!
    1:2 and 1:1 with the extender, my macro shots were pin sharp and it was a decent portrait lens as well.

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    I also recommend the Tamron. It is nothing but a excellent lens.
    Nothing left for the Nikkor to top it.
    The Tamron has:

    excellent sharpness,
    very good bokeh,
    performs very good up to infinity,
    top mechanical built quality,
    performs well with the adaptall SP 2xTC and so you have a 180 Macro too
    and yes it is usable on almost every camera due to adaptall-2.

    I used it on Leica R, Contax, Minolta SR+AF, Canon EOS and my Sony A900
    35mm DSLR with best results.

    The Kiron 105 Macro is sharper wide open, but its f2.8 not f2.5, stopped
    down I see no difference.

    I own the 52B Model (and various other lenses of this focal length)

    BG lightdreamer

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    The Nikon 105/4 is no slouch, either--equal to the 105/2.5 and often cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    The Nikon 105/4 is no slouch, either--equal to the 105/2.5 and often cheaper.
    Except for lens speed.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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