Tamron SP 45mm f1.8 VC review (very sharp images, Camera Labs)

Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 VC Review (very Sharp Images, Camera Labs)

Camera Labs reviewed the new, image-stabilised Tamron SP 45mm f1.8 Di VC USD. This is a pretty interesting prime lens that comes with an affordable price tag ($599) and promises to deliver bang for the bucks. From the conclusion (emphasis mine)

The new Tamron 45/1.8 VC is a very versatile and interesting lens: It offers a fast f/1.8 aperture combined with image-stabilization that is good for two stops in my tests. Both allow the lens to hold out longer in dimly lit situations. It produces very sharp images with very little coma right into the corner of a full-frame sensor. And it’s relatively small and light. But it does not produce the same Bokeh as a 50/1.4 or 55/1.4 lens and it has color aberrations which show up although not as prominent as with Tamron’s 35/1.8 VC. But with a sharpness / resolution that it is better than any other lens in this comparison apart from the Zeiss Otus the Tamron 45/1.8 VC clearly earns a Highly Recommended. Regarding this performance the price of the new Tamron seems OK. And I’m really looking forward for Tamron to design a 85mm f1.8 VC lens! Read the review…

Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Amazon Adorama B&H Photo – for sample pics click here. Key features:

  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One LD Element, Two Aspherical Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio

Canon Dual Pixel AF with Tamron SP 35mm and SP 45mm f/1.8 primes (both shipping)

Short video by Dustin Abbott showing Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF used on the new Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 VC and Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 VC. It’s not as silent as Canon’s STM lenses, but for the rest it seems to work good and smooth. Dustin Abbott also posted an exhaustive video review of both lenses. Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus is featured on the EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS 70D, and on Canon’s Cinema cameras. Tamron’s new primes captured a lot of attention since they were announced. For a good reason. The SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD are affordable, and have weather sealing and image stabilisation. That’s a lot of bang for $599. Both lenses are now shipping.

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More Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD info and pre-order options

More Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD And SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Info And Pre-order Options

Tamron announced two very interesting, and affordable, prime lenses with weather sealing and image stabilisation. Not bad if you consider that both lenses sell for $599. The new Tamron lenses can now be pre-ordered in the US.

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