Review: Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD review product photos (7 of 7)ISO 8001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Tamron knocked the ball out of the park with their 85mm f1.4 Di VC USD lens–and so updating the 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD, one of their more popular options just made sense. This lens is very much a jack of many trades. It’s designed to shoot macro images, have image stabilization, great image quality, and also has weather sealing. For many years it was in the hands of enthusiasts and hobbyists, but the 90mm is worthy of being in the hands of many professionals.

This one, like many of the company’s new lenses, offer a metal exterior, weather sealing, 9 aperture blades, 14 elements in 11 groups and 4.5 stops of vibration compensation. For the $649 price point you’re getting quite a bargain..

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Review: Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC review product images (8 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

When Tamron announced their new initiative to make major improvements to their lenses, the quality of the products was rather mixed–and so that made me a bit scared about the new Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD. But they’ve taken some time, improved things even more and with that said, they’ve created a lens that could arguably be called the absolute best value 85mm lens for DSLR cameras.

The lens features 9 aperture blades, 13 elements in 9 groups, weather sealing, an actual metal barrel, and a very overall light weight of approximately 23 oz to 25 oz. At $749, you’re getting what looking on paper to be one hell of lens.

And in all honesty, I actually want to buy one.

All product photos shot on the latest edition of the EyeEm Magazine.

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Like 135mm Lenses? This Year You May Get What You Want!

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.5

Two of the most reached for prime lenses amongst professional photographers are the 85mm lens and the 135mm. While there are a plethora of 85mm lenses out there, there really aren’t a whole lot of 135mm lenses. Perhaps a reason for this is the fact that longer focal length prime lenses are tougher to use without a tripod. However, Nikon Rumors is saying that we’ll be getting more.soon; and considering that this is a Photokina year, it just makes sense.

Word on the street is that Tamron, Zeiss, Sigma and maybe even Nikon could introduce new 135mm lenses. Zeiss already has an excellent 135mm f2, but they’ve retired their old lineup of lenses and are creating loads of new Milvus glass complete with weather sealing. I’m honestly not sure how Zeiss can make their 135mm lens better than it is.

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Tamron Announces Sweet New 85mm f1.8 and 90mm f2.8 Lenses

Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD (model F016 Canon mount)

This year is turning out to be a pretty awesome one for camera gear so far. Today, Tamron is announcing two new lenses. One–and perhaps the more coveted of the two–is the Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD. It’s the first 85mm f1.8 lens with image stabilization designed for full frame 35mm DSLR cameras.

I’m sure the portrait photographers in the audience just started to drool…

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On a Budget: Portrait Lenses for Your DSLR

Chris Gampat The Phoblogrpaher Tamron 45mm f1.8 other review images (2 of 4)ISO 4001-1250 sec at f - 4.0

Photography, one way or another, is an expensive hobby. But you don’t need to rob a bank to get really incredible photos. No matter what, that starts with a creative vision, and to that end you can create incredible images with affordable gear. Don’t believe me? Look at the site’s many interviews: most of those folks don’t use the highest top of the line gear but instead focus more on achieving their creative vision with what they have.

If you’re looking to get into portraits, these lenses will help you get a great start.

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Review: Canon 35mm f1.4 L USM II (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f1.4 L II review product images (1 of 7)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 2.8

It’s been nearly 20 years since Canon released the first 35mm f1.4 L USM lens for the Canon EF mount. For a few years, that lens was my bread and butter optic. Then one year, Sigma released the 35mm f1.4 Art lens–and that quickly replaced the aged Canon offering. Earlier this year, Canon announced their response to the new line of absolutely stellar 35mm lenses that have recently been released from various manufacturers: the 35mm f1.4 II L USM.

So what are the big upgrades? Canon incorporated a Blue Refractive optic into the lens that’s supposed to cut down on color fringing, added weather sealing, and a textured surface–at least those are the biggest changes. That, and for some odd reason that big, bright red ring seems even brighter.

Earlier on, we saw that Sigma still takes a very slight advantage: but is it enough to make you want to spend approximately double the money?

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Review: Tamron 45mm f1.8 Di VC (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblogrpaher Tamron 45mm f1.8 product highlight images (1 of 2)ISO 3201-250 sec at f - 2.8

When we first went about testing the Tamron 45mm f1.8 Di VC, we ran into some problems. There were autofocus issues, color fringing, and more. A lens that from a marketing standpoint had so much promise to us was being shot in the foot by the most important thing–image quality. Then the unit went back to Tamron and we called in the 35mm f1.8. After we sent the 35mm f1.8 back, we called in the 45mm for a second chance.

With nine aperture blades, a metal build, a nice feel in the hands and weather sealing, this lens has a lot going for it–especially for only $599.

That’s an affordable price point for sure, but it’s also a lens for those of us not reaching for higher fruit.

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