The market wasn’t exactly short of 35mm lenses before Tamron introduced the second of its new range of fixed-focal-length optics. Damien Demolder investigates whether we need another.

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Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

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Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review

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£580.00

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Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD – Our Verdict

The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a big and heavy lens, but it produces quality images. We make choices that often come down to quality against convenience, and in this case we’re looking at a lens that aims for clean images at the cost of size.

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This is a crowded market, so it makes perfect sense that Tamron has tried to differentiate its 35mm lens from the others available. I was pleased to have image stabilisation on my side as I like to shoot handheld in low light, and I was delighted to be able to shoot at f/1.8 without suffering a huge penalty. While quality is definitely better at f/4 and f/5.6, at f/1.8 and f/2 I was still very happy with the results.

All in all this is a very good lens. Tamron hasn’t just made a me-too product, but has brought something new to the moderate wideangle sector. The unique features make it stand out, and those shooting general or documentary-style work will welcome the emphasis on image quality at wide apertures. I’m impressed.

TESTBENCH RECOMMENDED 4.5

Details

Lens mount:Canon, Nikon, Sony Alpha
Filter thread:67mm
Lens elements:10
Groups:9
Aperture blades:9
Max aperture:f/1.8
Min aperture:f/16
Minimum focus distance:20cm
Size:78.3x80.4mm
Weight:450g
  1. 1. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD - Features
  2. 2. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD - Handling
  3. 3. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD - Performance
  4. 4. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD - Resolution, Shading & Curvilinear Distortion
  5. 5. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD - Our Verdict
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