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More Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Reviews

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More reviews of the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD full fame lenses now available online.

The Tamron SP 35 mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a stabilised, moisture-resistant moderate wide-angle lens for full-frame SLR cameras, featuring a minimum focus distance of 0.2m and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2.5. The optical formula comprises 10 elements in 9 groups, including two moulded glass aspherical elements, a low-dispersion and an extra-low-dispersion element; as well as an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades.

The Tamron SP 45 mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the World’s first full-frame standard prime with Vibration Compensation technology. Its optical formula comprises 10 elements arranged in 8 groups including two moulded glass aspherical elements and a low-dispersion element; plus an iris diaphragm with nine rounded aperture blades.

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Reviews


PCmag review on the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 lens :

“I used Imatest to check the sharpness of the lens when paired with the full-frame Nikon D810$2,996.95 at Dell. At f/1.8 the lens scores 2,822 lines per picture height on our standard center-weighted sharpness test—that’s much better than the 1,800 lines we like to see in a photo. There is a drop in clarity at the edges of the frame, but they’re still decently crisp at 2,143 lines. There’s not much improvement at f/2, but the score improves to 3,189 lines at f/2.8, with edges still lagging behind the razor-sharp center and mid parts of the frame.”

Ephotozine verdict for 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD :

“As this lens becomes more readily available and the price drops to a value nearer to its closest equivalents, the value of this lens will increase. As it stands, the price is a little high. Even so, this lens offers premium features, such as weather sealing, silent autofocus and Vibration Compensation, which will make it an interesting alternative to other similar lenses. It is certainly capable of delivering excellent quality images, with high sharpness in the centre of the frame. Whether those extra features are worth the extra expense to you will depend largely on how you use the lens. For example, travellers may find the Vibration Compensation and weather sealing invaluable to them.”

Ephotozine verdict for 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD :

“Tamron has created an excellent lens which is certainly more than capable of delivering excellent results in a wide range of conditions. It sports premium features such as weather sealing, exotic optical coatings and Vibration Compensation in a reasonably lightweight body. In time, as the price drops away from the initial launch RRP, this lens may start to represent better value for money. At the moment, this is the only thing that blots an otherwise clean copy-book. Travellers, in particular, will appreciate the relative light weight for its size, Vibration Compensation, weather sealing and robust build. Whether that is worth paying, will be down to the individual.”

Photographyblog on the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 lens :

“Image quality is still very good though, with excellent center and edge sharpness throughout almost the entire aperture range. The notable optical issues are the aforementioned chromatic aberrations, obvious corner shading at the maximum aperture, something that every full-frame shooter has to put up with, and a slight lack of sharpness when shooting wide-open at f/1.8 and stopped-down at f/11 and f/16.”

Photographyblog on the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 lens :

“The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a more affordable alternative to the OEM offerings from Nikon and Canon and the class-leading Sigma 35mm Art lens, with the added benefits of an effective image stabilisation system and weather-sealing. It can’t quite match the Sigma lens for outright image quality, though, and the f/1.8 maximum aperture isn’t as fast as its main rivals, so you need to decide which features are most important and just how much money you’re prepared to spend on a premium 35mm lens.”

From SLRgear review :

“Taking a page out of Sigma’s book, Tamron is revamping their higher-end ‘SP’ line of premium lenses, starting with a pair of fast, ƒ/1.8 image stabilized prime lenses. The longer 45mm ƒ/1.8 VC prime offers an excellent balance of affordable price and image quality. Furthermore, the Tamron 45mm ƒ/1.8 VC, maintain this low price while including lots of high-end features only seen on pro lenses at double the price, such as weather sealing, all-metal barrel construction and fluorine-coated lenses. Add in the as-yet unmatched image stabilization and you have a very compelling lens.”

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lenses Price

Both lenses cost $599 in US.

Buy Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lenses
Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD $599.00 Amazon | Adorama
Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD $599.00 Amazon | Adorama