Passion for the Camera: Tamron SP90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (2)

By Shinya Yoshimori

Our columnist went to Mount Takao to snap autumn leaves with the new telephoto macro lens

As I am good at taking pictures of flowers, telephoto macro lenses are essential to me. As I said before, since this summer I have been using a new model of the Tamron SP series, “the Tamron SP90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017)”. Now in this post I show you pictures of autumn leaves, which I snapped recently.

If you just want to enjoy seeing autumn or yellow leaves, you just need to go to town or a nearby park. But that is boring. So I decided to go to a popular spot of autumn leaves in Japan, not far away from home. That means Mount Takao because I live along the Keio Line. I had not visited there for a while. But there are many tourists in recent years, which was a bit worrying.

At the peak of autumn leaves in mid-November, I went to Takaosanguchi Station, the last stop of the Keio (Takao) Line. As it was the busiest season for the mountain, I was ready for crowds of people―to a certain extent. In fact there were more people, if not too many, than I had expected. Many people stuck in queues (300m long) at cable car and lift stations, which was like busy Shibuya Station. I thought I had better give up climbing…

Instead I decided to walk around Takaosanguchi Station to snap autumn leaves while avoiding crowds.

Some autumn leaves are bright with sunshine. Others are dim in the shade. I shoot a whole tree or branches from distance, while I also take close-ups of a certain leaf. There are many ways to photograph autumn leaves. But one thing is certain: Tamron’s VC (image stabilization) is incredibly useful. It captures sharp images of a whole tree and branches. Moreover, F017 is fitted with the sensor-shift stabilization, making it good at shooting photos in a macro range. This is really helpful.

Sample photos



Use zoom lenses, including ones of high magnification, and you can cover a wide range of angles with only a few lenses. But a variation of angles is not the only thing to consider when choosing interchangeable lenses. Other things―the brightness of open f number, the maximum magnification, high-end optical performance―matter, too.

A macro lens with an open f number at 2.8 meets those needs (though it depends on which zoom lens to compare). Even if the focus distance is the same as a zoom lens, it is still valuable. This is because when it comes to snapping seasonal subjects like cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, we want to record them with fine pictures.

Since the predecessor (F004) Tamron’s SP90mm macro lenses have had an established reputation for optical performance and usability. These are passed down to the Tamron SP90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Model F017, while VC and the sensor-shift stabilization are improved. In full-frame mid-telephoto AF macro lenses which are on sale, it is perhaps the most attractive.



Shinya Yoshimori

He is a professional photographer in Japan. He comments on cameras and lenses and is regarded in the industry as the man who likes cameras the most in the world. He loves everything about cameras from taking photos to seeing to touching to buying and dreaming of cameras. Not surprisingly, he collects a variety of cameras from digital to compact to classical to silver salt. The column title expresses his deep passion for them in his native accent (Hiroshima in western Japan)―Washa camera ga sukinajya (I love cameras).


New name: the title of Yoshimori’s column has been slightly changed from “My Passion is the Camera”.

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