Tamron has announced a new lens in its premium SP series – the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD (Model F045) – which is is describing as ‘the finest lens in Tamron’s history’. It will be available in a few weeks time in Nikon mount and late July in Canon mount.
Photographers have been the winners with the decision by Tamron with the SP range and Sigma with its Art lenses to design and build optics to compete with the premium prime lenses from Canon and Nikon. And now Sony. Not only do they generally perform extremely well, according to a plethora of lens tests and product reviews, but they punch well above their weight from a price point of view. This must also keep a lid on the premium prices the camera makers dare place on their own lenses. Viva competition! Sigma and Tamron have effectively smashed the monopoly on high quality lenses one buys into when choosing a professional camera body.
So for instance this new best-ever Tamron 35mm should be well under $2000, if the 929-pound UK price is anything to go by. (No local details as yet.) By comparison, the equivalent Canon EF 35mm f1.4L II USM is $2749, while the Nikkor AFS 35mm f1.4 G is $2899.
…But back to the topic at hand: ‘To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Tamron’s renowned SP series lenses that are designed and constructed to deliver the highest levels of performance, we drew upon our accumulated expertise and technologies to create the “ultimate lens” — the Model F045,’ the Tamron 35mm f1.4 press release states.
And just in case you missed the point: ‘Today we announce with sincere pride that the Model F045 embodies Tamron’s philosophy for manufacturing and is the finest lens in Tamron’s history.’ – OK, we get it. It’s a really good lens!
– 14 elements in 10 groups including four LD (Low Dispersion) and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements to ‘eliminate the effects of chromatic aberrations’ even at f1.4. Delivers beaucoup beautiful background bokeh;
– BBAR-G2 Coating minimises ghosting and flare, delivering clear images with ‘stunning, unprecedented contrast”
– Tamron’s proprietary USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) and ‘Dynamic Rolling-cam mechanism’ ensures stable AF operating performance and improves reliability even under the harsh shooting conditions, including high and low temperature extremes. Full-Time Manual Focus override so photographers can instantly make fine adjustments to the point of focus, even in AF mode;
– Front surface of the lens element has a fluorine coating with high water- and oil-repellent properties. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture, and fingerprints;
– Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of humidity or rain;
– Compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling photographers to easily update a lens’s firmware as well as customise features including fine adjustments to the AF;
– Included lens hood is equipped with a locking mechanism. Being able to reliably attach the hood prevents it from unintentionally shifting position or coming off at the wrong time;
– Contoured body and ergonomic switch box shape, highly legible distance-scale window and sturdy metal mount.
The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD weighs 805g, has a minimum focusing distance of 30cm, a nine-blade aperture and comes with a flower-shaped lens hood and a lens pouch in the box.