The Phoblographer’s Big Guide to Tamron Prime Lenses

It’s really hard to go wrong with any of the Tamron prime lenses that are on the market.

We’ve reviewed many prime lenses–including all of the Tamron prime lenses on the market. Tamron has worked hard on revamping their lineup over the last few years in the same way other lens manufacturers have. The most significant difference is that Tamron prime lenses offer excellent image quality, autofocus, and weather sealing, and they come in at incredibly affordable price points. We’ve gone through our database and have put together all of our Tamron prime lens reviews to help you figure out which ones are best for you.

It’s an exciting time to be a Tamron fan right now, especially if you shoot with Sony Mirrorless cameras. Tamron is continuing its great tradition of offering solid lenses that perform well above their price points. The next few years look to be promising with many new Tamron prime lenses on the horizon. As we get our hands on their latest glass, and as we complete our reviews, we’ll add them to this buyer’s guide. If you’re planning on investing in Tamron prime lenses, bookmark this page. This way, you can refer back to it to get all of the reviews that you need. Check out the real-world reviews that we have completed on Tamron prime lenses below.

Editor’s Note: This guide was updated in September 2021 to include more tech specs and sample images.

Tamron 20mm F2.8 Di III OSD

ModelF050
Focal Length20mm
Maximum ApertureF/2.8
Angle of View
(diagonal)
94°30′(for full-frame mirrorless format)
Optical Construction10 elements in 9 groups
Minimum Object Distance0.11m (4.3 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:2
Filter SizeΦ67mm
Maximum DiameterΦ73mm
Length*64mm (2.5 in)
Weight220g (7.8 oz)
Aperture Blades7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum ApertureF/22
Standard AccessoryFlower-shaped hood, Lens caps
Compatible MountsSony E-mount

In our review, we said:

“This lens has great image quality with nice bokeh (when possible), very good sharpness, and beautiful colors. On top of all that, it’s lightweight and built like a tank. Best of all, the price and portability are things you’ll be very happy with.”

Buy now: $299

Tamron 24mm F2.8 Di III OSD M1:2

ModelF051
Focal Length24mm
Maximum Aperturef2.8
Angle of View (diagonal)*84°04′
Optical Construction10 elements in 9 groups
Minimum Object Distance4.7 in (0.12m)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:2
Filter SizeØ67mm
Maximum DiameterØ73mm
Length**64mm (2.5 in.)
Weight7.6 oz (215g)
Aperture Blades7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum Aperturef22
Standard AccessoriesLens hood (Flower-shaped), Lens caps
Compatible MountsSony E-mount
* for full-frame mirrorless format
** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
*** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

In our review, we said:

“The Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 is an affordably priced lens for Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras that combines outstanding image quality and robust weather sealing with a compact and lightweight form factor. At press time, it’s cheaper than Sony’s entire native Full Frame E Mount lens lineup, with the exception of the 50mm f1.8”.

Buy now: $299

Tamron 35mm F2.8 Di III OSD

ModelF053
Focal Length35mm
Maximum Aperturef2.8
Angle of View (diagonal)*63°26′
Optical Construction9 elements in 8 groups
Minimum Object Distance5.9 in (0.15m)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:2
Filter SizeØ67mm
Maximum DiameterØ73mm
Length**64mm (2.5 in.)
Weight7.4 oz (210g)
Aperture Blades7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum Aperturef22
Standard AccessoriesLens hood (Cap-type), Lens caps
Compatible MountsSony E-mount
* for full-frame mirrorless format
** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
*** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

In our review, we said:

“You’d be hard-pressed to find a weather-sealed 35mm prime for Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras that can deliver the same level of performance and image quality for the price.”

Buy now: $299

Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD

ModelF045
Focal Length35mm
Maximum ApertureF/1.4
Angle of View
(diagonal)
63゜26′(for full-frame DSLR cameras)
Optical Construction14 elements in 10 groups
Minimum Object Distance0.3m (11.8 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:5
Filter SizeΦ72mm
Maximum DiameterΦ80.9mm
Length*104.8mm Canon (4.1 in)
102.3mm Nikon (4 in)
Weight815g Canon (28.7 oz)
805g Nikon (28.4 oz)
Aperture Blades9 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum ApertureF/16
Standard AccessoryFlower-shaped hood, Lens caps, Lens pouch
Compatible MountsCanon EF mount, Nikon F mount Nikon Z compatibility Canon EOS R compatibility

In our review, we said:

“It boasts gorgeous image quality, creamy bokeh, loads of sharpness, and low enough distortion to be a great choice for portraiture. The only thing that is a mark against it is the lack of image stabilization.”

Buy now Canon EF: $699

Buy now Nikon F: $699

Tamron 35mm f1.8 Di VC USD SP

ModelF012
Focal Length35mm
Maximum ApertureF/1.8
Angle of View (diagonal)63°26’ for full-frame format
43°29’ for APS-C format
Optical Construction10 elements in 9 groups
Minimum Object Distance0.2m (7.9 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:2.5
Filter SizeΦ67mm
Maximum DiameterΦ80.4mm
Length*80.8mm (3.2 in) Canon
78.3mm (3.1 in) Nikon
Weight480g (16.9 oz) Canon
450g (15.9 oz) Nikon
Aperture Blades9 (circular diaphragm**)
Minimum ApertureF/16
Image Stabilization Performance3.0 Stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
For Canon : EOS-5D MarkIII is used / For Nikon : D610 is used
Standard AccessoriesFlower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible MountsCanon, Nikon, Sony***
Available Firmware updatesClick for details Canon EOS R compatibility
Nikon Z compatibility

In our review, we said:

“What we’re also a big fan of is the color rendition. The lens tends to give us warmer images than what we’re used to–and actually we like that. It’s great when it comes to skin tones and sunsets. The lens doesn’t have a very high level of contrast like Sigma and Zeiss do, and to that end the colors won’t appear deeper than they normally do. Beyond this, there is little to no vignetting when shooting wide open–so you won’t have that perception when shooting.”

Buy now Canon EF: $599

Buy now Nikon F: $599

Tamron 45mm f1.8 Di VC USD SP

Tamron prime lenses 45mm 1.8
ModelF013
Focal Length45mm
Maximum ApertureF/1.8
Angle of View (diagonal)51°21’ for full-frame format
34°28’ for APS-C format
Optical Construction10 elements in 8 groups
Minimum Object Distance0.29m (11.4 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:3.4
Filter SizeΦ67mm
Maximum DiameterΦ80.4mm
Length*91.7mm (3.6 in) Canon
89.2mm (3.5 in) Nikon
Weight540g (19 oz) Canon
520g (18.3 oz) Nikon
Aperture Blades9 (circular diaphragm**)
Minimum ApertureF/16
Image Stabilization Performance3.5 Stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
For Canon : EOS-5D MarkIII is used / For Nikon : D610 is used
Standard AccessoriesFlower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible MountsCanon, Nikon, Sony***
Available Firmware updatesClick for details Canon EOS R compatibility Nikon Z compatibility

In our review, we said:

“It’s got image stabilization, nine aperture blades, weather sealing, an affordable price, and can deliver good image quality to the user. Plus, it’s got a metal build to it, is lightweight and just looks good. In the right situations, it’s very sharp and the lens renders images to be really beautiful either way.”

Buy Now Canon EF: $389

Buy now Nikon F: $399

Tamron 60mm f2

ModelG005
Focal Length60mm
Maximum ApertureF/2
Angle of View (diagonal)26゜ 11′
Lens Construction14 elements 10 groups
Minimum Focus Distance0.23m
Max.Mag.Ratio1 : 1
Minimum Working Distance100mm
Filter Sizeφ55mm
Overall Length80mm *
Maximum Diameterφ73mm
Weight350g *
Diaphragm Blades7
Minimum ApertureF/22
Standard AccessoryLens hood
Compatible MountCanon, Nikon** and Sony

In our review, we said:

“Wide open, it has the tendency to be a little soft, with some fairly severe chromatic aberration. Stop it down a tiny bit though, and it starts to get ridiculously sharp. At f/3.4, you still get some wonderful smooth bokeh, but your in-focus elements will be razor sharp. Speaking of bokeh, this lens produces very pleasing out-of-focus elements. It’s creamy, and melts away quickly with no distracting sharp edges.”

Buy Now Canon EF: $499

Buy now Nikon F: $499

Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD SP

tamron prime lenses 85mm 1.8
ModelF016
Focal Length85mm
Maximum ApertureF/1.8
Angle of View (diagonal)28°33′ for full-frame format
18°39′ for APS-C format
Optical Construction13 elements in 9groups
Minimum Object Distance0.8m (31.5 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:7.2
Filter Sizeφ67mm
Maximum Diameterφ84.8mm
Length*91.3mm (3.6 in) Canon
88.8mm (3.5 in) Nikon
Weight700g (24.7 oz) Canon
660g (23.3 oz) Nikon
Aperture Blades9 (circular diaphragm**)
Minimum ApertureF/16
Image Stabilization Performance3.5 Stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
For Canon : EOS-5D MarkIII is used / For Nikon : D810 is used
Standard AccessoriesLens hood, Lens caps
Compatible MountsCanon, Nikon, Sony***

In our review, we said:

“For what it’s worth, the Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD wipes the floor with everyone else’s lenses except for the newest offerings from Zeiss. It doesn’t have micro contrast but instead it has a couple of things that have made me change my editing workflow. I generally don’t need to do anywhere as much of a clarity increase and instead what I tend to do when working with this lens is work with the shadows and the individual color channels.”

Buy now Canon EF: $749

Buy now Nikon F: $749

Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD SP Macro

Tamron prime lenses 90mm 2.8
ModelF017
Focal Length90mm
Maximum ApertureF/2.8
Angle of View (diagonal)27°2′ for full-frame format
17°37′ for APS-C format
Optical Construction14 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Object Distance0.3m (11.8 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:1
Filter Sizeφ62mm
Maximum Diameterφ79mm
Length*117.1mm (4.6 in) Canon
114.6mm (4.5 in) Nikon
Weight610g (21.5 oz) Canon
600g (21.2 oz) Nikon
Aperture Blades9 (circular diaphragm**)
Minimum ApertureF/32
Image Stabilization Performance3.5 Stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
For Canon: EOS-5D MarkIII is used / For Nikon: D810 is used
Standard AccessoriesLens hood, Lens caps
Compatible MountsCanon, Nikon, Sony***
Available Firmware updatesClick for details Canon EOS R compatibility

In our review, we said:

“The Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens is one that is rather interesting. It delivers the performance that many more expensive lenses will, but it does it at a very affordable price point. On top of this it also gives weather sealing, fast focusing, and great image quality. There isn’t much to complain about here. Honestly, it’s probably one of the best telephoto macro lenses out there and doubles its versatility as a portrait lens for most photographers.”

Buy now Canon EF: $649

Buy now Nikon F: $698

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.