The Phoblographer’s Guide to Tamron Prime Lenses

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

In our years of reviewing lenses, we’ve reviewed a lot of 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 also 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 have put together all of our Tamron prime lens reviews to help you figure out what’s 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 will add them to this buyer’s guide. If you plan on investing in Tamron prime lenses, bookmark this page and 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.


Tamron 35mm f1.8 Di VC USD SP


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: Adorama

Buy now Nikon F ($599): Adorama


Tamron 45mm f1.8 Di VC USD SP


Tamron prime lenses 45mm 1.8

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 ($399): Adorama

Buy now Nikon F ($399): Adorama


Tamron 60mm f2


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 ($479): Adorama

Buy now Nikon F ($499): Adorama


Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD SP


tamron prime lenses 85mm 1.8

“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): Adorama

Buy now Nikon F ($749): Adorama


Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD SP Macro


Tamron prime lenses 90mm 2.8In 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): Adorama

Buy now Nikon F ($649): Adorama