Just realised I never got around to making a showcase for this guy. Ed - this got front paged unexpectedly! This wasn't really edited with that in mind, it's just some of the nicer photos I took with the lens. There's a flickr album of more with it here: Tamron 180mm f3.5 SP AF Di LD IF Macro I'll try and a little editorial to some otherwise contextless pictures as I go! These next shots are some of the flower portraits I took after growing these cosmos out - basically just as a test of how to do backgrounds. There's a whole album of them here: flower portraits with tamron 180mm These next few are from one of the first 3 or so session I took with the lens when I first got it. I had it rigged to a flash bracket with two flashes (FL600r and i40) mounted on arms either side of it. This is an incredibly heavy setup (close to 3 kilos really once you tally everything) and I kind of despaired at ever being able to use it. I'm not a tripod shooter, I take the camera with me as I walk around and shoot as I go. So while these turned out OK, the pain of getting them wasn't really endearing me to the lens in any way. This is what happens when you try and shoot it as a conventional macro lens - you get very very directional light, the range and the inverse square law drops your flash power and this means you can't really diffuse the flash acceptably. 50-100cm, F5.6-F8, you are up against it trying to get good light.