A new era begins for Tamron as the company famous for its zooms moves into the premium fixed-focal-length lens market. Damien Demolder tests the first, a 45mm fast standard.
Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review – Our verdict
Tamron used to have a reputation for being a cheaper alternative that perhaps wouldn’t deliver quite the same quality as the top brands. That image has changed somewhat in the last few years, and this lens is another example of what the company can do when it wants to.
This isn’t a cheap lens, especially when you consider older 50mm f/1.4 designs can be had for around £300, but by concentrating on quality and useful features the company has made a lens that offers very good value. The focal length makes it stand out, but so does the VC, the standard of the iris and the closest focusing distance. And when you look at your images, you’ll be pleased with the controlled chromatics and the overall sharpness. Its build is rather heavy, and I would prefer it all in a smaller, lighter package, but I suppose that’s the pay-off for quality. You just can’t have it both ways.