Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review

The Tamron 35mm strikes an appealing compromise between speed and quality. It does weather pretty well too…

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Digital Camera World Verdict

Built for all weathers, the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a solid wide-angle prime for landscape and other outdoor shooting pursuits. Excellent autofocus, a four-stop stabiliser and a generous maximum aperture all combine to deliver a lens with real versatility and quality. It’s a little heavy, and sharpness could be better when wide open, but for the price this is a solid buy that’ll deliver great results.


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    Extensively weather-sealed

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    Excellent auto and manual focusing

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    Smooth bokeh


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    Some sharpness issues

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When buying a prime lens, you often need to choose between a fast aperture rating or image stabilization. Typical of Tamron’s recent primes, the full-frame SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens combines a reasonably wide aperture rating of f/1.8 with a 4-stop image stabiliser. You can’t get quite such a tight depth of field as with an f/1.4 lens of the same focal length, but there’s not a great deal in it.

The Tamron is larger and heavier than Canon’s competing 35mm f/2 stabilised lens, but still it weighs in at under half a kilogram and feels well balanced on Canon’s APS-C format bodies, where it gives the same effective focal length of 56mm. 

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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! 

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