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    Quote Originally Posted by salnel View Post
    Would you advise a complete beginner to get the 90 or the 60? I am looking to get a macro lens and had decided (after advice on another thread) to get the Tammy 90. Then I was advised to look at your pics (which I had already seen and admired greatly) and to consider the 60mm. Just wondered whether one is easier to use than the other or is there no real difference?
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    Sally, I was going to buy the 90 as well, now after seeing this thread, I am undecided. I found the 60mm for $430 delivered (grey market)
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    Quote Originally Posted by silkdiver View Post

    Sally, I was going to buy the 90 as well, now after seeing this thread, I am undecided. I found the 60mm for $430 delivered (grey market)
    I hate decisions!
    I have just picked up this thread.

    Well I know you have already scored your Tammy 90 and expect to see lots of great pics (already seen some).

    This 60mm lens is very appealing for me as it is very compact, doesn't extend on focussing, is fast enough and has great bokeh to be used as a portrait lens on a cropped sensor camera.

    Don't know why it is the same price or more expensive than the 90mm.

    Would be interesting to see what it is like with a 1.4x TC as then you get a 126mm f/1.6 macro that will do greater than 1:1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterb666 View Post
    This 60mm lens is very appealing for me as it is very compact, doesn't extend on focussing, is fast enough and has great bokeh to be used as a portrait lens on a cropped sensor camera.

    Don't know why it is the same price or more expensive than the 90mm.

    Would be interesting to see what it is like with a 1.4x TC as then you get a 126mm f/1.6 macro that will do greater than 1:1.
    Doh - stuffed that up. The 60mm f/2 with a 1.4x TC would of course result in a 84mm f/2.8. It will still do greater than 1:1 with the TC so at least I got that right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterb666 View Post
    I have just picked up this thread.

    Well I know you have already scored your Tammy 90 and expect to see lots of great pics (already seen some).

    This 60mm lens is very appealing for me as it is very compact, doesn't extend on focussing, is fast enough and has great bokeh to be used as a portrait lens on a cropped sensor camera.

    Don't know why it is the same price or more expensive than the 90mm.

    Would be interesting to see what it is like with a 1.4x TC as then you get a 126mm f/1.6 macro that will do greater than 1:1.
    I went with the 90mm in the end as I preferred the minimum focusing distance, (not to mention the price I got it for) and yes I used it today for my 52/2011 & was quite pleased with the results, hopefully I will improve with practice & understanding

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    I noticed the 60mm f/2 costs more than the 90 f/2.8. There are pros and cons for both and certainly the 90 f/2.8 seems better value for money.

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    I just ordered the 60mm today ($499 from Adorama). Two factors sold me on this lens - internal focus and the f2. Once it arrives I can hopefully give more feedback, but I've been more than happy with my other Tamron lens.

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    Here is an exellent and detailed review of the Tamron 60mm at LensTip. Tamron 60mm lens review

    There are reviews of other macro lenses at LensTip as well and these have a lot of info (warts and all) so don't get scared off the lens you have in mind. There is no perfect lens, just a lens with a good set of compromises in design that will suit your needs.

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    Well my Tamron 60mm f/2 arrived today from Japan. I ordered in on Saturday and the AusPost man delivered it this morning around 10:30 am. I had a quick play with the lens and it is a beauty. I love the fact that front and rear elements are sealed and don't move. I love how the lens does not get larger as you get closer. Focussing, while not ultra-fast is adequate and only really a problem if there is insufficient contrast. Manual focus works well too.


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    I got mine via eBay for approximately $397 including EMS shipping. That's less than half the cost locally.

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    A handy review now I need to make up my mind the 60mm or the 90 mm

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    It is a hard choice. I have been using the 60mm Tamron a couple of months now and it is a nice lens. It does a fine job with portraits and is a pretty good lens for macro too.

    The internal focussing means you don't need to get as close to near things as you expect plus with the front and rear elements sealed, internal dust is not likely to be a problem. Very compact for a macro lens.

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