Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di USD A-mount lens review by waldo_posth

reviewer#43003 date: Feb-4-2018
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:- Sigma Art F/4 24-105mm
- CZ Distagon F/2.8 28mm
- Voigtlander Ultron SLII F/2.0 40mm
- Sony CZ F/1.4 50mm ZA
price paid:499 Euro new
positive:- colors are very good
- solid body
- fast autofocus
- nice bokeh and thin DoF wide open
- good sharpness
- almost no distortion
- rendering is "special"
- rather compact body
negative:- thin DoF wide open
- some vignetting wide open
- some flare
comment:This lens became an option for me as its price was reduced from originally more than Euro 1,000 to Euro 500. I see it as a less expensive and more compact alternative to the Sigma Art F/1.4 35mm. This is only a first evaluation: You really need time and experience to check out its qualities and weaknesses. So far I can say that the lens has a "special" rendering giving the images a unique quality which - unfortunately - is hard to describe for me. Autofocus is crisp (SSM type), but you have to carefully select the focus points if you shoot the lens wide open. DoF for this 35mm lens at F/1.8 is amazingly thin. That maybe a positive asset if you want to create bokeh - and a nice bokeh it has, IMO. Colors are great, similar to the Sony CZ ZA lenses. There is some vignetting wide open which is easily corrected by the ACR/LR profiles. There is almost no distortion. Flare can show up in form of a small bright green "blob", but is rather negligible (rather a 4.5 than a 4). All in all a lens which can surprise you by giving the image its special mark.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.60
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