Tamron have added a twist to their latest macro lens: A fast f2.0 maximum aperture, which is quite unusual compared to competitors’ f2.8 offering. What’s so great about the f2.0 aperture? It allows you to achieve an extremely shallow depth of field, which is perfect for selectively focusing on part of your subject.
Tamron SP AF 60mm F2.0 Di II LD (IF)
- 23cm minimum focus distance (image plane / sensor to subject)
- 10cm working distance (lens front element to subject)
- 1:1 magnification ratio (represent subjects in life-size relative to the sensor)
- 14 lens elements in 10 groups
- 7 aperture diaphragm blades
- 55mm filter thread
- 400g weight
- 73mm diameter x 80mm length
- For digital SLRs with APS-C size sensors only (not suitable for film SLRs or full-frame DSLRs)
- Tamron 60mm f2.0 page on Tamron.com
Selective Focus Bliss
For many photographers the aim of the macro game is to get the entire subject pin-sharp, but as Tamron’s samples from the 60mm f2 prove, selective focus can produce some beautiful images:
Tamron 60mm macro: 1/400s @ f2.0 Tamron 60mm macro: 1/200s @ f2.8
You can find more 60mm f2 sample images on Tamron’s Facebook fan page (quite niche!)
Tamron’s 60mm f2.0 macro lens is available in 3 flavours:
- Tamron SP AF 60mm F2.0 Di II LD (IF) for Canon - available
- Tamron SP AF 60mm F2.0 Di II LD (IF) for Nikon - pre-order to get yours first!
- Tamron SP AF 60mm F2.0 Di II LD (IF) for Sony - pre-order to get yours first!
The Nikon version includes a built-in autofocus motor which makes it suitable for use with the Nikon D40/x, D60 and D5000.