Today, Tamron is announcing a major update to their SP lineup of lenses–and it’s partially starting with the new 45mm f1.8 Di VC. Why not 50mm? In our meeting yesterday, Tamron stated that the original true normal focal length was around 43mm; so they wanted something a bit closer to that. Like the 35mm also announced, this lens is priced at $599 and aimed at the advanced amateur. It incorporates weather sealing, has a very close focusing distance, and is very lightweight.
It’s been a while since Tamron released a new prime lens–but today they’re announcing something totally new. In a meeting yesterday, the company shared with us that they’ve been envisioning the next evolution of their lenses; and the first of those being announced today is the Tamron 35mm f1.8 Di VC. This is a full frame lens designed for Canon and Nikon DSLRs with Sony Alpha support coming sooner or later.
In the company’s presentations, they pit it squarely against the Sigma 35mm f1.4, Canon’s 35mm f1.4 L, and the Nikon 35mm f1.4 G. However, this lens incorporates weather sealing (unlike Canon and Sigma’s, though the new Canon 35mm f1.4 L II USM incorporates weather sealing) and is priced at only $599.
When it comes to wide angle zoom lenses, some stand out much more than the others. These lenses are sharp, contrasty, have excellent colors, and can be the effective workhorses of photographers who demand the ability to shoot wide. Love landscapes? What about architecture? We’ve scoured our reviews index for some of the best wide angle DSLR lenses that we’ve tested. Here are our favorites.
If you’ve had a need for a cheap and super light super zoom, Tamron might have what you’re looking for. The 18-200mm Di II VC weighs just 14.1 ounces, making it the lightest in its category. While the barrel extends when you zoom, it maintains a low profile at 3.7-inches at its widest end. Just make sure you have a decent amount of light because the aperture range is f3.5-6.3.
The lens also comes with a nifty zoom lock switch that prevents the barrel from accidentally extending, and it’s one of a number of features that this lens has. There’s vibration control, too, which’ll help to offset any camera shake.
This’ll be a fine choice, we imagine, for hobbyists who shoot with a wealth of light where the aperture range won’t be a hindrance. It’ll go on sale for $249 on August 20, and it’s available for Canon, Nikon and Sony (a-mount).
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In the past couple of years, the trend has been to add image stabilization to wide angle lenses. Why? Because many photographers tend to handhold their cameras and lenses rather than put them on tripods. So that makes a lot of sense when you consider Tamron’s 15-30mm f2.8 VC lens. The lens is targeted at Real Estate, Architecture, Adventure, and Landscape photographers that want to leave the tripod at home while also trying to keep their kit as minimal as possible. Both Canon and Nikon have competing offerings–but neither incorporates image stabilization nor were they probably developed with resolving a 50MP full frame sensor in mind.
The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD is a lens with not only vibration compensation, but lots of weight at that. And for the professional photographer, it’s sure to be a constant companion.
Shooting engagement sessions is one way to start to dip your toe into eventually photographing weddings. The session typically tells some sort of story in a way that combines aspects of photojournalism and portraiture, and it’s designed to make the happy couple not only become more excited about marriage but also to be put on the wedding invitations. After you’ve spoken with and planned the session with your couple, you’ll need to get the right gear.
Here are a couple of lenses that we recommend from our reviews index.