Tamron SP 35-105mm F2.8 Asperical A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 17   
reviewer#12120 date: Feb-5-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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:Minolta 35-105/3.5-4.5 (original)
Minolta 28-135/4-4.5 (original "secret handshake")
Minolta 24-85/3.5-4.5
Minolta 80-200/2.8 APO (black)

price paid:145 USD
positive:The spherical aberration can be used for portraits from 90-105mm. Bright. Can be used when 80-200/2.8 is too large. Small and lightweight for a mid focal length f:2.8 lens. Much faster focusing than the Minolta. Closer MFD (1.0m) than the Minolta (1.5m). Great walk around lens for cloudy weather.
negative:very soft close to MFD at 90-105mm and f:2.8, with visible spherical aberration. OK at 90-105mm at infinity, but still less sharp than the Minolta's. From 35-90 it is sharp. Unusable hood, much worse coating than the Minolta. Prone to flares. Awkward focal length for APS-C. Massive zoom creep.
comment:Less sharp than Minolta 35-105/3.5-4.5. Especially at focal length over 90mm, it can be dreamy soft with clear evidence of spherical abberation, especially close to MFD. I bought it NIB from a camera store close down 2014. Almost 20 years old.
reviewer#11540 date: Dec-13-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:Minolta I 35-105 mm - the tamron has almost no distortion.
Tokina 2.8/28-70 or 28-80 mm - the tamron lens is sharper.
Minolta 28-135 mm - the tamron is wider but has a lower range and between 70 and 105 mm is a tad less sharp.
price paid:200 euto
positive:It is a sharp to very sharp lens.
Produces very nice, warm colors and contrastfull pictures.
The bokeh is unique, very very smooth.
The lens is solid build and heavy.
It is a very good portrait lens.
negative:The lens has lens creep, it is heavy and the lens shade is not very effective.
The pictures have very nice colors but not the minolta colors.
comment:The lens is sharp wide open from 35 to 70 mm.
From 70-85 mm you need to close the aperture to 3.5-4.0.
From 85-105 mm you need to close the aperture to 4.0-4.5.
At apertures between 5.6-11.0 the images are very sharp from 35 and up to 105 mm.
reviewer#11538 date: Dec-12-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.6
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 28-75 2.8 SAM
Minolta 50 1.7
Sigma 85 1.4
Minolta 80-200 2.8 HS G
price paid:190 euro (used)
positive:- Optimum focal length for in studio portraits
- Good Bokeh
- Fast and constant aperture
- solid construction
negative:- Less sharp from 80mm to 105mm
- Prone to veiling haze and flare in high contrast lighting
- MFD a bit too high (1m)
comment:A very useful zoom for portraits for focal lenghts, bokeh and aperture.

The autofocus on the a99 is precise but not so fast (comparable to the Sony 28-75 or even a bit faster).

The lens is solid and well build.

The colors rendered from this lens are on the warm side, but pleasants.

The lens is sharp even wide open till 70mm with sharpness similar to that of the Sony 28-75 2.8. From 70 to 105, there is some sort of flou effect on the highlights and some loss of micro contrast at wide apertures.

The bokeh is good for a zoom of this kind.

The lens is very sensitive to flare, so it will be a good idea to cover the rays that may hit the front glass.

Overall, I think that this lens is best suited for controlled situations like a studio environment.

A good all-around portrait lens with some minor flaws and very hard to find.
reviewer#10623 date: Oct-26-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:sigma 105 f2.8 macro
60-80 zeis
70 300 G
70 400 G
sony 35 f1.8
Minolta 50 f1.7
price paid:320 CAD
positive:Sharp
Size of lens vs Range
Constant F2.8
negative:Slow AF
Low Contrast images with back lighting (easily fixed post)
Super Rare.
comment:After Searching for months for a zoom F2.8 portrait lens for my A77 I realized options were very limited. For me the limiting factor was lens size. I do not want to carry a 1400+ gram lens all day to shoot portraits handheld. I really wanted the 50 - 150 non os version sigma (700 gram) but as anybody reading this knows. Good luck finding one for minolta mount.
I was leary about buying such an old lens (1992) but it is the only thing you will find for under $500 with a fixed f2.8 in zoom that is not a 70 - 200.

As usual I read every review here before buying and dyxum reviewers have again been spot on.
This lens is slow. But sharp. At 105mm f2.8 it is still very useable. If you have a lot of back lighting you will get ghosting. Since I bought this for portraits the effect quite often works. I have taken roughly 1000 pictures with this lens under varying conditions. Let me say that 7 out of 10 shots are keepers. The ones you miss are because of the slow focus and moving targets. I am a pixel peeper. I admit it... I have a crop obsession. I am very picky. On my A77 this lens works amazing. At F4 it is almost as sharp as my zeis 16 - 80 and that is my sharpest lens.
This Lens is the perfect portrait lens. Could you use it for an every day shooter. Yes. but there are other better options. For Portraits this is the only option I have found in zoom for the right price. This lens was a real pleasant surprise to me and a keeper.
reviewer#9827 date: Jan-21-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:KM 28-75 f2.8. M RS 28-105 3.5-4.5. T 17-50 f2.8.
price paid:$260.00 used.
positive:Good range on croped sensor, for indoor sport shooting. F2.8. Great portrait lens.
negative:MFD.Hood.
comment:Build like a tank. My preferred focal lendgth on croped sensor for indoor sports when 24-70 si to short and 70-200 is to long. And perfect portrait lens from full body to head shots. Noisy AF (music in my ears :) ). Great colors and Bokeh. 105 f2.8 a little soft but very useable, under 105 sharp from 2.8.
reviewer#9365 date: Aug-27-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
Deitz 28-200
Tamron 20-35 3.5-4.5
KM 100-400 4.5-6.7
Tamron 28-75 2.8
KM 50 3.5 Macro
KM 35-105 3.5-4.5
KM 24-105 3.5-4.5
Sigma 18 3.5
Sony 70-400 4-5.6 G
K/M 80-200 2.8 G
K/M 75-300 4.5-5.6 NEW
Sigma 24-70 2.8 HSM
Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 OS
Sigma 24mm 1.8
Sigma 10-20 4.5-5.6
Sony 16-80 3.5-4.5 ZA
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Tokina 35-200 4-5.6
K/M 24-85 3.5-4.5
K/M 28-105 3.5-4.5 RS
price paid:135 USD
positive:colors
bokeh
range on FF
build
very good MTF
negative:responds well to micro adjust on A900
small hood, better than 28-135, though
comment: As mentioned by another excellent reviewer, this lens can front focus a tiny bit, but responds well to micro correction.I find it very usable at F2.8 but becomes very sharp at F4. The hood is too small, but I have used an accessory hood with good results. This lens is not a feather-weight, but has sturdy build.I use it as a walk around lens as it s not huge and has great colors.
The Tamron SP AF35-105mm F2.8 65D won EISA's "European Lens of the Year 1992-1993". I have found that this lens must not have been made in great quantity for the Alpha-mount and is hard to find but not usually prohibitively expensive.
reviewer#8683 date: Feb-20-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75/2.8
Minolta 28-70G
Minolta 28-135/4-4.5
Tamron 24-135/3.5-5.6
Sony 35/1.4G
Sony 50/1.4
Minolta 85/1.4
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Good build
Affordable range
Fine portrait zoom
Bokeh
Sharpness from f/4
negative:Hood almost useless
comment:Bought this lens for some experience.
Played with it for a while but sold it already. Liked it colours (pleasant, but a bit warm).
Good sharpness only from f/4, but for portraits you can use it from wide open aperture. (At all sharpness comparable with 28-70G). Bokeh is very good in my opinion.
Rather fast autofocus speed for such old lens - comparable with Tamron 28-75/2.8.
Useless hood and flare may be an issue if sun in the frame or near it.

Summary: Good walkaround lens on FullFrame and perfect portrait zoom.
reviewer#8323 date: Dec-1-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:M35-70
M35-105
price paid:$275
positive:Sharp
great colour
F2.8
useful range
great build
negative:long end sharpness @ F2.8
comment:A really nice lens that is extremely rare. It has a slight tendency to mis-focus if you cannot hold the body steady.
Wide open the performance is good but stopped down to F4 it is amazing. A useful range on APS-C but I'd love to try it on Full Frame.
reviewer#8052 date: Oct-5-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 2
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.1
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 50 1.4
Minolta 200 2.8 HS G
Sony 70-300 G
Minolta 135 2.8
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Beercan
Tokina 28-80 2.8
price paid:250€
positive:Good flare control, 2.8 sharp. Good range. Good bokeh.
negative:Insure AF, and quite slow. Constrution could be better. Hood.
comment:2.8 good enough for portraits, very good f4 and great 5.6. Insure and slow AF, and even worst with bad light. Build is not something amazing and You´ll must buy a real hood. Really soft bokeh.

Strong and warm colours, something a bit strange for me...


Really good for the price.
reviewer#7525 date: Jun-2-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:
missing
price paid:200 USD used
positive:Well built, good low-light lens.
negative:Hood - don't bother with it.
comment:I've used this on both my 5D and A700 and gotten very good results. Mostly used lately for basketball action shots. Nice focal distance for shots from the floor and close up. It's not a light lens but balances nicely on my A700.
reviewer#6985 date: Mar-2-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 18-70 DT
price paid:251 EUR (ebay)
positive:Very sharp
Large apperture
Bokeh
Solid
CA conrol
negative:Heavy
comment:
missing
reviewer#6031 date: Sep-12-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Minolta 35-105 3.5/4.5
Minolta 28-70G
price paid:240USD used
positive:Sharpness when focused properly (see comment).

Built like a tank
negative:Some veiling at f2.8. Not worse than my 28-70G, though.

Stupid hood, doesn't do much and inconvenient. Flare control would be better with better hood.

A bit slow and noisy focus, but tolerable for what I use it for.
comment:I finally managed to get one of these on ebay a couple of months ago. It came as new in the box with everything, so I don't begrudge the price.

As noted, I give it very high marks for IQ, except that between 80 and 105mm it progressively front focuses more and more for subjects at short distances.

I think that's why some people say it's soft at the long end.

Not quite as sharp in the corners as the 28-70G on a700. Maybe more of a problem on FF?

Altogether a much better lens, in my opinion, than the 35-105mm 3.4/4.5, I have sold my copy of that lens.

Gave it only 4 for distortion because I havn't tested it rigorously but honestly have never noticed any

Get one if you can, it is a perfect portrait zoom for close ups or full body shots. Could be great for indoor concerts but have not tried it
reviewer#3940 date: Aug-8-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:Tamron SP 28-105 2.8
Min 28-135
price paid:91 €
positive:Fast Af
Very sharp from f4.0
No CA
Low distortion
Very creamy bokeh
negative:Lens hood
comment:Heavy but compact lens. Good at 2.8 between 35-80mm. At 105mm
some soft focus effect, good for portraits.
Very good colors. Could't find any CA or longitudonal CA.
Very creamy bokeh.
Not the sharpest at 2.8, but a great lens for the colors and the creamy bokeh.

reviewer#3100 date: Dec-22-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:Min 24-105
Min 28-135
Min 35 f/2
Min 50 f/1.7
Tamron 28-105
price paid:280 USD
positive:f/2.8
Pretty small & light for the range & aperture.
negative:Not usable at f/2.8 (See update below)
comment:I was really disappointed in this lens. Its colors are pretty good, not Minolta but pretty good. Build is typical Tamron, good but not great. Haven't noticed distortion in normal use with the lens. The hood is kind of anemic, flare isn't a severe limitation in normal use though.

I don't know if my copy of this (used) lens has a problem but it needs to be stopped down to about f/4 to get a usable photo from it. Anything wider and there is so much softness that the photos just aren't worth keeping. I'd purchased this lens with the expectation of getting a low light lens but having to stop it down defeated the purpose of its purchase. My wife uses a Tamron 28-105 f/2.8, which has a reputation for being soft wide open, the 35-105 is at least as soft and more so in a lot of photos.

Update 3/29/08 - Changed the sharpness rating from 3 to 4. I used the 35-105 some more and found that the softness was because of back focus on my 5D. Same story with the 28-105. It's still not the sharpest knife in the drawer but it is certainly usable with manual focus. I jumped a little early to condemn it, shows the hazards of user reviews, I guess.
reviewer#2715 date: Sep-11-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Min 28-75 F2.8
Min 50 F1.4 RS
Min 80-200 F2.8 APO
Min 200 F4 APO G Macro
price paid:150 EUR (210 USD)
positive:Fast and sharp. Beautiful colors and bokeh. Build like a tank. Excellent for portraits.
negative:The hood is a joke and the lens is not a lightweight.
Very rare!
comment:An absolute unterdog!
I bought this lens from a good friend of mine in perfect condition and now it's one of my favorite lenses. Fast (also in low light situations) and sharp with really beautiful colors and bokeh (very creamy).

Very rare.

Only the hood is a joke.
reviewer#1551 date: Dec-21-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/f4
Minolta 28-85 3.5-4.5
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 18-70
price paid:75 USD
positive:Build Quality
Fast Autofocus
Wonderful Quality
negative:Heavy
Needs stepping down to increase sharpeness
comment:I purchased this lens when I was using my 800si. When I purchased my 5D I truly found this to be a useful lens. The colors are excellent, it's built like my old beercan or my 28-85, and it has a fast focus.
When shooting portraits, this is an excellent lens.
I bought it on an auction site, and it was missing the original lens hood which led to some flare. I purchased a $5 adjustable rubber screw in, and I haven't had any flare since then.

Overall I'd say I use this lens and the 28-85 about the same amount of time, both give similar results. The only drawback is the 35mm with the 1.5x from the sensor, but I don't need wider angles all that often.
reviewer#1422 date: Nov-15-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:50mm/f1.7
18-70mm Kit lens.
75-210/f4.0 Beercan.
price paid:104 USD (used)
positive:Great sharpness & fast low-light AF.
Great portrait lens.
Excellent colors & built like a tank.

negative:Heavy as a brick and makes 7D Front heavy.
67mm filter size.
Dinky 3/4" hood is a joke.
comment:My main go-to lens...sharp throughout the range & a constant 2.8. Award-winning lens on it's release...for a reason!
reviews found: 17   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.47
  • color: 4.47
  • build: 4.65
  • distortion: 4.59
  • flare control: 3.82
  • overall: 4.40

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