The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Tamron 85mm F1.8 VC and the Nikon PC-E Micro-85mm f2.8D for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Nikon PC-E Micro-85mm f2.8D is the longer of the two lenses at 107mm. The Tamron 85mm F1.8 VC with a length of 91mm is 16mm shorter. On the other hand, the Tamron 85mm F1.8 VC has a larger diameter of 85mm compared to Nikon PC-E Micro-85mm f2.8D's 83mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Nikon PC-E Micro-85mm f2.8D weighs 650g, 7% (50g) lighter than the Tamron 85mm F1.8 VC's weight of 700g.
Both Tamron 85mm F1.8 VC and Nikon PC-E Micro-85mm f2.8D has the same Nikon F (FX) lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Nikon F (FX) lenses are Nikon D6, Nikon D780 and Nikon D3500.
Tamron 85mm F1.8 VC is also available in Sony Alpha and Canon EF mounts.