Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di USD A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 2   
reviewer#44289 date: May-17-2019
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: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 MD 35 F1.8
7Artisans 35 F2
Minolta AF 35 F2
Rokinon AF FE 35 F2.8
Minolta 40 F1.7
Konica AR 40 F1.8
Canon EF 40 F2.8 STM
Pentax-M 40 F2.8
Pentax-DA 40 F2.8 XS
Pentax-FA 43 F1.9 Limited
Samyang AF 45 F1.8 FE
Tamron SP 45 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 45 F2
Sigma 45 F2.8 DG DN C
price paid:312 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness and contrast wide-open
Wide soft rubber focus grip
Focus distance encoder works
Minimal coma and vignette
Always available MF
negative:Size and weight
Unit focusing?
Missing VC
Alloy veneer
No Lens Compensation
Pre-2011 AF
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 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 SSM but not quite as heavy. The plastic petal hood is not flocked. Unlike the Tamron 45 mm and 85 mm primes the front element extends for focusing. The rear element also moves in the same direction. This lens focuses faster than the SP 85/1.8 and 45/1.8 primes.

It doesn't support the A-mount updates Sony introduced with A77 in 2011. Of course none of the other 35 mm lenses in the system support them either. Sony cameras did gain Lens Compensation support for the old Sony 35mm primes.

The optical stabilized versions of this lens makes sense for cameras without in-body stabilization. I am not seeing the benefit of the removed optical stabilization (VC) except for one less switch on the lens. Tamron is also eschewing optical stabilization with their FE offerings. Meanwhile Sigma is offering dual stabilization for their SLR lenses adapted via the MC-11 adapter.

This lens shares the filter thread diameter (67 mm) and hood bayonet with 45/1.8 and 85/1.8 primes. It uses the same HF021 petal hood as the 45mm. All of Tamron's FE lenses also use this filter diameter as well as do some with Sony brands.
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.
reviews found: 2   

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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