Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

A member of Tamron’s SP (superior performance) family, this 35mm features a fast aperture of f/1.8 and a focal length which gives it a superb level of versatility... 

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

The lens is very well-constructed – if a little bulky – and weighs a reasonable 480g. Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilisation is included, perfect for shooting handheld in challenging light. It also features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor, making autofocus quick, quiet and accurate. 

At the centre, images are impressively sharp at f/1.8. This falls off at the corners, but images become brilliantly sharp by f/5.6 where they display excellent quality across the frame. Vignetting is also noticeable at the widest aperture, though there is hardly any chromatic aberration visible at all. The minimum focusing distance of 20cm means you can get up close to your subjects for some very creative shots. 

Overall, this is a very capable lens that will serve you incredibly well.

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Pros 
IS
Versatile
Silent autofocus

Cons 
Vignette at wide apertures
Softer edges at f/1.4
A bit bulky

Spec
Max aperture: f/1.8
Min aperture: f/16
Elements/groups: 10/9
Min focus distance: 20cm
DxL: 80x81mm
Weight: 480g