Tamron today announced two new exciting lenses: the SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD. Both are fast, premium prime lenses that offer image stabilization (VC – Vibration Control)
Tamron has completely revamped the external look of its line up with these lenses.
The top of the lens features a focus distance window which is said to be much larger than previous lenses from Tamron to facilitate better readability and visibility.
Many design features of the lens such as the focus ring and the switches have been changed for better use and aesthetic style.
Tamron also claims to have changed the design of the lenses hoods and caps for better fit and durability.
One thing to note, both the lenses are from Tamron’s “SP” or “Special Performance” line, so they are said to feature the best in construction and image performance from Tamron.
Both Lenses are weather sealed with a gasket on the back. (As with all lenses labeled as Weather Sealed, you would probably require to use a filter on the front of the lens to complete the sealing.
A closer look at both-
First the SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD
The 35mm lens features an optical formula of 10 lens elements in 9 groups. The lens elements are coated with an eBAND coating to combat ghosting and flare and fluorine coating on the front element to repel water and fingerprints
The lens delivers a magnification ratio of 1:2.5
Tamron says the lens features high-speed AF with Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) and has a moisture-resistant construction,
The aperture is a 9-blade iris construction to ensure smooth out of focus areas (“bokeh”)
Next, the SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD
Tamron chooses to call this lens the “a new standard among all standard lenses.” It is the first full frame standard lens that features optical stabilization.
The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 11.4 inches and maximum magnification of 1:3.5
Both the lenses take 67mm filters.
The lenses are said to be available soon in India (by early-mid October). As always is the case with Tamron, Nikon and Canon mount options will be launched first. Sony Alpha mount versions will be released later. The Sony mount options will not feature stabilization (VC) due to the in body, sensor shift stabilization capability of Sony camera bodies. There is no official word on the Indian or International pricing yet. So watch this space for more!
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