Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD review

And now for something completely different, as the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD aims to makes its mark

Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD review
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

There are plenty of 24-105mm or 24-120mm lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs on the market. To some extent, the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD gives with one hand and takes away with the other, delivering greater telephoto reach but limiting the wide-angle potential. Even so, its zoom range follows on logically from the company’s sibling 17-35 mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD. All areas of image quality and performance are highly impressive, making the lens a great buy at the price.


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    Useful zoom range

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    5-stop optical stabilizer

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    Great image quality and handling


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    Not a constant-aperture design

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    Maximum viewing angle can feel limiting

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Considering that most of us use a standard zoom lens for the vast majority of our everyday shooting, choosing the ideal option can be tricky. 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses are often regarded as the ultimate standard zoom, but tend to be quite big and heavy, while lacking any real telephoto reach. This Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD lens shifts the goalposts in an effort to be something of a game-changer.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.