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

reviewer#44289 date: May-17-2019
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Rokinon AF FE 24 F2.8
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Sony 28-75 F2.8 SAM
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 32 F1.6
Zeiss Touit 32 F1.8
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Rokinon AF FE 35 F2.8
Konica AR 40 F1.8
Canon EF 40 F2.8 STM
Tamron SP 45 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 45 F2
price paid:312 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness wide-open corner-to-corner
Wide soft rubber focus grip
negative:Size and weight
Metal exterior
AF speed
comment:I found this listed on eBay not long after I sold the sister SP 45mm F1.8 USD lens for a similar amount. I've been looking for a faster 35mm for my A7II, and the reviews made this lens sound somewhat better than the 45mm. Tamron has held the retail price steady $599 at since it was first available in May 2016 while the 45mm has often been on sale for $200 less. "MADE IN JAPAN"

It is a bit larger than the Sony Distagon 24mm F2 but not quite as heavy. The plastic petal hood is not flocked.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.75
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