Tamron AF 19-35mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by gtfourdreams

reviewer#4782 date: Feb-1-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 18-70mm kit lens
minolta 70-210mm beer can
vivitar 19-35mm 3.5-4.5
price paid:
positive:- decent build in my opinion
- nice wide angles
- works with film/full frame
negative:- mine was a little bit soft
- colors are generally washed out, photoshop fixes it easily
- expensive filters
comment:Overall this lens is great for the price I paid. (Under $100 used with hood and original box, glass in great condition.) However, I may have a bad copy as the colors are bad and the sharpness could be better.

Compared to the vivitar, this particular unit seemed to be a bit softer in the middle but sharper at the edges. The petal hood is huge and works pretty well. The front element is fixed during focus so it would work with different linear type filters. the build is pretty good, at least as good as the kit lens if not better. the focus is much quieter than the vivitar's.

CA control was a bit better on this Tamron than the vivitar, and noticeably better than the kit lens. i bought both this tamron and the vivitar at the same time (for the same price) and returned the vivitar.

I gave it a low color rating, because the pictures I get are usually flat, washed out, and boring. It's nothing Photoshop or Adobe's Raw editor can't fix. If you're used to the beer can's saturated colors, this lens is the opposite.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 12
  • sharpness: 3.96
  • color: 4.25
  • build: 3.58
  • distortion: 3.67
  • flare control: 3.50
  • overall: 3.79
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