Tamron 60mm f/2 macro lens review (with samples)

It’s a shame to me that this lens isn’t better known – take a look at how it performs and you’ll see why. Thinking of getting a 50mm f/1.8 lens? This is definitely more money, but consider it instead!

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Rob Smith says:

First! Thanks for doing this – I’ve been after a solid review of this lens for a while and you always deliver. Much appreciated. Next up – the Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 🙂

Rakib Jibon says:

if possible plz upload a full review of Tamron 90mm f/2.8 VC.
thank you. 🙂

Aurel Freak says:

Hi Chris.
How did you manage f/2 aperture at such low focus distance ? Mine slowly creeps to f/4 the closer I focus, and I actually read that was normal behavior, so pretty curious.

Ricardo Cunha says:

Any plans to review the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro lens too?

greg baker says:

The Nikon 85mm macro has VR. Do you think the VR is something to consider when buying a lens like this? I dont have the steadiest of hands? The price looks nice. But will a regret not having VR?

My Lazeez Life says:

I have a canon 600D camera, does Tamron 60mm f/2 macro lens work good with it??

Muhammad Adib Zailan says:

your reviews are absolutely exceptional! thank you and keep on keeping on!

Brian Michael says:

Great review Chris, I was thinking of which macro I was going to buy and I think I will be getting this one instead of the canon.

On the wide end, I would love to see you review the Rokinon 3.5 8mm Fisheye. It is an All manual focus/aperture lens more for APS-C cameras. It is very inexpensive at about $240 but I hear great things about build quality and picture performance.

scg says:

Compare to the canon efs 60mm 2.8
Which one is better?
I found a canon one on the second-hand market
It is cheaper then Tamron one

Parag Parekh says:

Hi Chris,

Is this lens suitable for Gemstones, Jewellery Photography in a Light Tent with a APS-C Camera (like Canon 600D) on a Tripod? The images would be only for digital media use and not for prints, so visual clarity/appeal is fine. Please advice.

anu l says:

which one do you think is better for macro…. 60mm or 90mm??

I’ve read both have almost same minimum working distance, how could that be possible?. I’ve read that the minimum working distance is directly proportional to the focal length. But then wont the 90mm have more magnification than 60mm if both have similar working distances?

where am I getting wrong?? Also have you reviewed the Tamron 90mm vc macro??

92OnTV says:

How about tamron 90 2.8 macro ?

Rising Zun says:

THe 180mm is pretty cheap used

phil HK says:

I was just using this lens on my canon 6D (full frame body) today, doing macro work

mustardymayo says:

I love this lens.  I bought it used last year for my 7D, but found it works great on a 5Dc & 6D (FF).  Yes there is vignetting, but it varies depending on focus.   It is still one of my sharpest lenses in my bag.   

It does have a limited use and it isn’t the first lens I pull out when I am doing portraits or events.   Mostly I use it for landscapes….

Yash Shauche says:

can this fit on canon 1200d

Matthieu Cramers says:

Can’t you fix the chromatic aberration on post?

Xentius xen says:

Thanks for another great review…I have a question;
I have a 100 2.8 macro lens and It gives 2.8 max. aperture only if you are away from the subject.when I want to take a shoulder portrait,it gives f 3…Is it the same with this lens? or we can use f 2.0 at any distance?
the fork photo u have taken with f 2.0 shows we can use f 2 at any distance but i want to be sure before making a purchase.

arnold liu says:

Hi chris! Thanks for the review. I love the work u do. I wanna buy a macro lens for my apsc camera for shooting intra oral picture. Now I have trouble choosing tamron 60mm or 90mm. Any suggestions??

M Sena says:

Perfect review !!! Thank you, all I needed to know about this lens before buying was there. 

ARTURO says:

which is better ? Canon EF-S 60 Macro o Tamron 60 Macro???

blackjohnny0 says:

Mine have back focus.

Aron Gatt says:

Nice review ..but if the lens is build for APSC sensors then the aperture has to be multiplied aswel as the focusing …… Sony APSC has to be x1.5 so the lens is not really f2 😉

Nice review none the less


fotoinajuicebox says:

Macro and Portrait lens in one? I’m down!

Pro1er says:

Hi Chris, I enjoy your reviews but I must take exception to your comment that Tamron is not well known for their macro lenses. Actually Tamron has a pretty good reputation when it comes to macro lenses, such as the highly regarded 90mm f/2.8.

I agree the bokeh, (as opposed to boca ;-), on the 60mm f/2 is very good when shot wide open, but stopped-down the bokeh can get a bit busy because of the 7 blade aperture.

Overall though, it’s a very good lens for the money.

fenui says:

Hello Chris! There is a lens with plenty of promises I recently found: Venus 60mm f2.8 2:1 macro, which is a manual only lens, but  seems like it has non-plus-ultra IQ and 14 (!) aperture blades. Are you interested in reviewing it? Because the on-budget macro shooters would be, I’m certain. Maybe a comparison of other 60mm macros?

Ruslan Davudov says:

This or Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G ? Using Nikon D5500.

Kanashiro Walter says:

Hey my friend , its me again …. first thanks for your amazing channel , a real guide for lenses !!!
I am already have my wide , medium range lenses for video work … now I am looking for a portrait lens … around (300$)
If you have to choose between this Tamron 60 mm and the Samyang 85 mm F/1.4 which one you go for ?
I don’t need autofocus ( cause is video work ) and inside stabilization ( going to tripod ) …. I care more about sharpness and bokeh for video work …
And again thanks a lot for your review help a lot to me before buy lenses ….. ^.^ !

Food. Health. Fit. says:

I couldn’t tell if you recommended this lens over the Canon 60mm macro? They can be found for about the same price used.

Eric Liberge says:

Thank you so much for all your reviews – very informative. keep it up !

scg says:

Compare to the canon EF 100MM 2.8
which one you think is better?

Mr Dominic says:

Dude, you forgot to mention the closest actual working distance. That’s extremely important information for someone who intends to use this lens for 1:1 macro.

millie williams says:

+Christopher Frost Photography Hello! As usual, I love your reviews of unusual lenses. The only thing I have to disagree with is the price. I believe you said it was relatively inexpensive. It is 499.00 American. That is a small fortune for me so I have to choose my options very carefully. I would like to ask about black and white photography. My Canon T3i is overexposed a lot. It seems to be a hallmark of this brand because the PowerShot is the same. I try shooting only in manual mode because I’m a novice but learning quickly. I like darker richer colors that bring out wrinkles and shadows. Can I correct this in camera or will I have to use my editing all the time? Or purchase a different camera? Lol! Believe it or not, my gf 100 $ finepixs4800 takes better bnw. Thanks and sorry for such a long comment.

AgonizedCandle says:

Great timing, I’ve just been looking into this lens. I’d love to own this beast.

Axis Images says:

SOrry but you cannot compare it with 50mm 1.8(at price point) it is nearly 4 times expensive than 50 mm here in INDIA

Mountain Tech Review says:

Hi Christopher, just a beginner question for ya:  why don’t chromatic aberrations matter much?  Is it easy to remove them in simple photo editor software like Photoshop Elements?

Abraham Nijo says:

Can I use it with my BMCC EF mount.  If not, what is a better alternative in the price range?


Punk Dumbledore says:

Yay, just ordered this lens 🙂 can’t wait for it to arrive! Thanks for the great review 😀

BoxxyFan says:


Kit Hoong Tan says:

Hi Chris could you do a video comparing the Tamron SP 90mm macro with the new SP 90mm VC macro ?

Erick Barron says:

Chris thank you again for another amazing video. I was wondering if you ever might consider doing a Macro lens comparison video? Of true 1 to 1 macro lenses. Otherwise I was wondering if I could get a suggestion? Of any other macro lens you would suggest besides this Tamron 60? I was looking at the canon 100 mm, but it’s far too expensive. Something in this Tamron the range would be great any suggestions or input would be greatly appreciated thank you Chris.

Gazpacho King says:

My copy front-focusses as well and other reviews mention this issue also. Seems to be a structural problem with this lens. WasTamron able to correct it?

claesphotos.blogspot.com says:

can you review the tamron 180mm macro ?

Kai Hin Lkh says:

This lens is kind of pointless after the release of the Tarmon 90mm macro VC
The price is similar, this one doesn’t have VC and ultrasonic motor, the working distance is too small for macro,
and the dof difference is minimal compared with the 50mm 1.8, especially with the price difference.

Tigran Madoyan says:

Did you try it on Full frame?

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