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Softer details, greater expression

1:1 macro lens with f/2.0 maximum aperture for DSLRs with smaller sensors 

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This exciting lens is the first in its class to combine top-notch macro shooting performance down to 1:1 (life-size on-sensor image) with unequalled depth of field control and extended low-light shooting ability thanks to its ultra-wide f/2 aperture. With a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 93mm, it's a superb choice for portraits. Its two LD glass elements and internal focusing (IF) endow it with exceptional imaging performance.

A lightweight, compact macro lens with fast maximum aperture

To prevent the lens from becoming bulky due to the fast f/2.0 maximum aperture, the internal constructions of conventional macro lenses were thoroughly reviewed. Improvements in the accuracy and reliability of precision components has allowed a compact body with a maximum diameter of only 73mm (2.9") and weighing a mere 400g (14.1oz).

Fast maximum aperture of f/2.0 that strikes a fine balance between attractive out-of-focus effects and sharpness

The SP AF60mm is a medium telephoto macro lens designed for APS-C size digital SLR cameras that realises the fast maximum aperture of f/2.0 for the first time in the world*. Tamron has successfully controlled complex movements of respective lens groups to restrain the increase in aberration changes due to the fast maximum aperture, thus achieving uniform sharpness from the centre of the image to the periphery.

As depth-of-field at f/2.0 is shallower than that of conventional f/2.8 optics, this lens expands the range of macro photographic expression. Tamron’s extensive macro lens design know-how lets the SP AF60mm finely balance sharp image performance with beautiful out-of-focus background effects.

* As of 1 February 2009, according to Tamron's research of 50–60mm life-size macro lenses

  • Tamron’s conversion value is 1.55x.
  • Di II lenses are designed exclusively for use with digital SLR cameras equipped with APS-C size image sensors and employ an optical system optimised for the characteristics of those digital cameras. Di II lenses are not designed for use with 35mm film cameras or digital SLR cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.
  • The special note “APS-C size equivalent” is hereinafter omitted.

Optical design

Optical diagram
LD (Low Dispersion) element

LD
Low Dispersion

Sharpens edges by reducing 'colour fringing'

Chromatic aberration occurs when a lens element refracts different wavelengths of a ray of light – its rainbow colours – at very slightly different angles. This results in the 'colour fringing' that reduces the sharpness of an image. LD elements are made from special glass materials with extremely low dispersion indices (i.e. the refraction of a ray of light into rainbow colours is extremely narrow). Thus they effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the centre of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (toward the edges of the field) that often occurs at short (wideangle) focal lengths.

Although costly, LD glass materials result in clear, vivid image quality.

Low Disperison glass

BBAR
Broad-Band Anti-Reflective coating

Cleaner, crisper images without flare or ghosting

Tamron has employed new BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) multi-layer coatings in order to ensure optimum performance in all photographic situations. The new BBAR coatings enhance the light transmission factors in both the short and long wavelength ranges, a condition that was thought incompatible with conventional anti-reflection coating technology. In addition, Tamron employs internal surface coatings (coatings on cemented surfaces of lens elements) for sharpness, high colour reproduction performance and superior colour balance.


Other features

SPSuper Performance series

Performance takes priority for superb image quality

This line of ultra-high-performance lenses is designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. The foremost priority is achieving superior performance parameters – high design standards take priority over cost constraints. As a result, Tamron SP lenses feature innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence amongst demanding photographers.

IF
Internal Focusing

Focusing elements inside the optical design make for better handling

In many lenses, the front elements move back and forth to alter the focus distance. With an internal focusing (IF) mechanism, the focusing elements are inside the optical design. Because the front lens elements remain static, the lens’ actual length does not change. This provides several benefits both to the image and during photography:

  • The barrel is not subject to stray light entering from external helicoids that can adversely affect image quality
  • A non-rotating front filter thread makes it easier to use filters such as graduated filters and polarisers
  • A flower-shaped lens hood will remain in the correct position to most effectively shield the lens from stray light
  • Better balance and more predictable handling because the lens length does not change during focusing
  • Generally, a much closer minimum focusing distance throughout the zoom range
  • Improved optical performance by minimising loss of illumination at the corners of the image field (vignetting)
  • Suppression of other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.

Integrated focus cam optimises internal focusing

Tamron's Integrated Focus Cam is a precision mechanical component that optimises the co-ordinated movement of the Internal Focusing (IF) system with the Multiple Cam Zoom Mechanism. This ingenious mechanism ensures accurate and seamless positioning of all the internal elements within the lens and coordinates them with the external zoom and focus controls.

Working distance of 100mm, the longest distance among lenses in this class**

Tamron has realised the long working distance of 100mm from the front element of the lens to the subject in life-size macro photography, the longest among lenses in its class*. This allows the user to take macro shots while maintaining a sufficient distance from such subjects like timid insects that are likely to escape if you move in too close. Also, with this longer working distance, you can prevent the shadow of the lens barrel interfering with lighting of the subject as often occurs with the short working distances of 1:1 macro photography.

Full-time manual control mechanism

Fine focus control is essential in macro photography. The lens incorporates a full-time manual control mechanism that enables the user to manually adjust focus without engaging the AF/MF switchover button, even when in the autofocus mode. The large focus control ring ensures a solid grip and precise control of manual focusing.

* As of 1 February 2009, according to Tamron's research of 50–60mm life-size macro lenses

  • Tamron’s conversion value is 1.55x.
  • Di II lenses are designed exclusively for use with digital SLR cameras equipped with APS-C size image sensors and employ an optical system optimised for the characteristics of those digital cameras. Di II lenses are not designed for use with 35mm film cameras or digital SLR cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.
  • The special note “APS-C size equivalent” is hereinafter omitted.

Specifications

Model no. G005
Focal length 60mm
Maximum aperture f/2.0
Angle of view (APS-C size) 26°35'
Lens construction 14 elements in 10 groups
Minimum focus distance 0.23m (9.1")
Maximum magnification ratio 1:1
Minimum working distance 100mm (3.94") from front of lens
Filter diameter 55mm
Overall length* 80mm (3.15")
Maximum diameter 73mm (2.9")
Weight* 400g
Diaphragm blades 7
Minimum aperture f/22
Supplied accessory Lens Hood
Mounts available Canon AF, Nikon AF-D**, Sony (Konica Minolta)

*Values given are for Nikon mounts. **Nikon mount has a built-in AF motor.

Mounts available for this lens

Nikon | Canon | Sony

Di II Digitally Integrated for DSLRs with small sensors

Di II lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital SLR cameras with APS-C-format image sensors. This kind of sensor has dimensions smaller than that of a frame of 35mm film. Di II lenses are usually more compact and lightweight.

All Tamron Di II lenses provide maximal image resolution and minimal peripheral light falloff. They also increase light transmission and eliminate the ghosting and flare with advanced multi-coating on both external and internal lens surfaces.

Tamron's Di II range

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SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II

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Tamron Lens Catalogue 2015

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