Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 review

This Sony-mount AF prime is the perfect fit for anything from sweeping landscapes to extreme close-ups

5 Star Rating
Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 review
(Image: © Matthew Richards/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you had to pick one prime lens for general shooting, chances are it would be a 35mm. This highly favored focal length is ideal for street photography, landscapes, architectural shooting and environmental portraits. As an everyday lens, the Tamron ticks all the right boxes. It’s small and lightweight, has refined handling and a tough, weather-sealed construction, along with a fairly fast f/2.8 aperture rating. It also delivers impeccable image quality, all at a very affordable price.


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    Spectacular sharpness and contrast

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    Tough yet lightweight weather-sealed build

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    0.5x macro magnification at closest focus distance


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    Autofocus speed isn’t especially quick

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    No image stabilization with Sony cameras that lack IBIS

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A 35mm focal length combines a useful viewing angle with an entirely natural perspective on a full-frame camera. Compact and lightweight, this Tamron 35mm prime is literally a perfect fit for Sony A7 and A9 series bodies, on which it feels sublimely balanced. The same goes for Tamron’s sibling 20mm and 24mm lenses, which are pretty much the exactl same size and weight, all three sharing a 67mm filter thread.

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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.