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 – Our verdict

Tamron used to have a reputation for being a cheaper alternative that perhaps wouldn’t deliver quite the same quality as the top brands. That image has changed somewhat in the last few years, and this lens is another example of what the company can do when it wants to.

Flare is well controlled when shooting into the sun

Flare is well controlled when shooting into the sun

This isn’t a cheap lens, especially when you consider older 50mm f/1.4 designs can be had for around £300, but by concentrating on quality and useful features the company has made a lens that offers very good value. The focal length makes it stand out, but so does the VC, the standard of the iris and the closest focusing distance. And when you look at your images, you’ll be pleased with the controlled chromatics and the overall sharpness. Its build is rather heavy, and I would prefer it all in a smaller, lighter package, but I suppose that’s the pay-off for quality. You just can’t have it both ways.

RECOMMENDED-4.5

Details

Lens mount:Canon, Nikon, Sony Alpha
Filter thread:67mm
Lens elements:10
Groups:8
Aperture blades:9
Max aperture:f/1.8
Min aperture:f/16
Minimum focus distance:29cm
Size:89.2x80.4mm
Weight:520g
  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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