Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

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Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

Unread postby bfitzgerald » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:38 am

I decided to pick up a Minolta 100mm Macro to re-visit what I had tried years ago (ie I came to the same conclusion that at the time for a new purchase the Tamron made much more sense - ie the price I paid was grey import and not much about £230)
The cost of the Sony version was IMO excessive for such a lens, and at the time the Minolta 100mm F2.8 (D) was not that easily available and costly too.

I grabbed a copy from a dealer in Japan it's absolutely mint as good as new for just over €200

My conclusions are as follows
Optically the differences are so minor that anyone that has the Tamron need to worry that the Minolta/Sony is better. In some ways the Minolta is in terms of build (just feels more dense), the metal extending barrel v the plastic on the Tamron, focus hold button which is not present on the Tamron

Wide open the Tamron on full frame is slightly better/sharper in the extreme corners (though the copy I have of the Minolta is quite sharp there on flat level, but not as sharp as the Tamron). Where the Minolta pulls ahead a little is in the middle it is a bit better wide open (you wouldn't notice this for most shots). Both are very usable wide open and make for good portrait lenses

The Minolta has slightly better light transmission (ie T stop identical settings in camera it shows a slight increase in actual exposure on the Minolta). CA are similar on both and can be an issue, a little less on the Minolta at times. Both lenses required AF adjustment on the A99/77 - and are slightly off for critical work on the A57 (but not as much)
There might be valid reasons for picking the Minolta or the Sony, I tend to avoid Sony lenses as I don't really like the ultra fine ribs, no doubt the coatings are updated as they appear to be on other lenses. The internal clutch on the Minolta can be useful, v the push/pull on the Tamron -not a huge deal for me. I do prefer the feel of the Minolta v the Tamron, but as far as optics go there is little to gain picking one over the other.

I will probably keep the Minolta and sell the Tamron purely because I like the build better, other than that if anyone is digging around for prices you might find the Tamron a better buy. Looking at DK's 90mm E mount Macro article, I could safely say both lenses wipe the floor for edge performance at least going off his 2 samples. The Tamron has probably the best edge performance I've seen on a macro lens wide open on full frame

100% middle:

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300% middle extreme example but shows a slight advantage to the Minolta

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Edge performance here the Tamron pulls ahead (200%)

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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

Unread postby bfitzgerald » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:42 am

Just for fun here is a shot of the Tamron wide open full frame F2.8 and the extreme edge crop

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If anything the edges are sharper than the Middle which is still very good wide open
vignetting is slightly higher on the Tamron v the Minolta
Both have very slight/minimal distortion

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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

Unread postby sury » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:46 pm

Barry,
I have enjoyed the Tamron 60f2 quite a lot. Wanting a larger focal length. Couldn't decide between Tamron 90 and Minolta 100.
Does the 10mm FL make a difference? Want is the operative word here.
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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

Unread postby bfitzgerald » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:17 pm

To me it doesn't make much difference the 10mm focal length. The Tamron has more recessed front elements so the working distance is closer than the Minolta, both are still a fair bit longer than shorter macros. But I also use lenses like this for portraits. Rather depends on what you have I try to avoid repeating focal lengths too much. Optics is a wash both are excellent trading blows in differente areas. Right now look at s/h prices I would say the Minolta might be the better buy. The price for the Sony version is unrealistic to put it bluntly bar the coatings which probably make minor difference.
When I got the Tamron the Minolta 100mm was quite a bit more even s/h that has changed now, though I had to import from Japan to get a minty D version (seem to be less around in europe perhaps people don't sell them)

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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

Unread postby sury » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:46 pm

Barry,
Thank you. As a macro, I have Tamron 60f2 only. As for focal length, I have CZ24-70, Rokinon 85 and CZ135f1.8. So I DO have a gap at and around 100mm. Ok, now I have rationalized my GAS attack. :lol:

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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

Unread postby bfitzgerald » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:42 pm

If you have an 85mm lens then might make more sense to go for 100mm
Both lenses are very good - now the MInolta lens is very affordable the one I got is as close to new as you can get

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Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

Unread postby sury » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:57 pm

Barry,
Thank you for the suggestion.

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