A new era begins for Tamron as the company famous for its zooms moves into the premium fixed-focal-length lens market. Damien Demolder tests the first, a 45mm fast standard.

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Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

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Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review

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£580.00

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Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review – Resolution

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Centre: solid, Corner: dotted

Resolution is pretty good at all aperture settings and, while of course corners and the centre get better as we close down, I was pleased with the amount of detail gathered at f/1.8. The best overall aperture is f/4, with the corners catching up by f/8, but sharpness tails off from f/11. It is interesting to see that wide-open resolution is better than when the lens is fully closed.

  1. 1. Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review - Features
  2. 2. Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review - Image quality
  3. 3. Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review - Resolution
  5. 5. Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review - Shading
  6. 6. Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review - Curvilinear distortion
  7. 7. Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review - Our verdict
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