Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD review

The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD takes the fight to the big guns

5 Star Rating
Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD review
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Like middle-aged spread but in a good way, the new Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD prime commemorates 40 years of Tamron SP (Super Performance) lenses, and is fittingly fatter and heavier than its predecessor. That’s because the aperture rating goes wider, from f/1.8 to f/1.4, and the new lens is designed from the ground up to deliver optimum image quality and performance, with no compromise. Does it succeed? Yes, absolutely.


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    Fast f/1.4 aperture rating

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    Superb build and image quality

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    Rapid, highly accurate autofocus


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    A bit hefty for a 35mm f/1.4 lens

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    No optical stabilization

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Compared with the large array of Sigma f/1.4 Art prime lenses in a wealth of focal lengths, as well as own-brand f/1.4 lenses from Canon and Nikon, Tamron has looked a step behind, or at least two-thirds of an f/stop. Instead, the company launched slower f/1.8 35mm, 45mm and 85mm primes which were typically smaller and lighter, with the useful addition of Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Correction) optical stabilization. In contrast, the new Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD lens goes large on aperture rating and all-round performance.

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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.