Lens Review: Tamron 70-180MM F/2.8 DI III VXD

September 2020 issue Tech

The two workhorse lenses for professional photographers are a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom. It’s hard to beat this duo for versatility, but they tend to be large, heavy, and expensive, especially the longer one.Tamron breaks that mold with the new 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD. It’s available only in Sony E-mount, and you give up a few things you’d have with traditional 70-200mm lenses, like the extra 20mm of focal length at the long end, a tripod collar, and built-in image... Continue Reading >

Product review: Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD

January 2020 issue Tech

It’s not often that I get to concurrently test two lenses with focal length ranges that somewhat overlap. While working with a Nikon F mount Tamron 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD for review, I also had access to a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G. Both lenses perform well and have different feature sets and radically different price points, with the Nikkor selling for nearly twice the price of the Tamron. I tested both lenses using a 45-megapixel Nikon D850 DSLR.The notable difference between these... Continue Reading >

Camera lens review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD G2

November 2017 issue Tech

The new golden age of photography continues with an updated lens from Tamron. Packed with high-end glass, a fast and quiet autofocus system, second-generation vibration stabilization with three modes, and a solid mechanical feel, the SP 70-200mm f/2.8 lens Di USD VC G2 boasts one additional feature that’s immensely attractive: a highly competitive price.© Ellis Vener In this close-up you can see the extraordinary depth captured by the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. HOW IT... Continue Reading >

Prime Performer: Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8

6.17.2016 Tech

The Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens produces images that are sharp enough for critical work yet simultaneously smooth. It handles flare and glare well, and as a portrait lens it compresses beautifully. The vibration compensation (VC) feature will  give you a perceptible advantage in lower light, keeping you out of higher ISO settings.With these performance gains, the Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 is longer, wider, and substantially heavier, takes a 67mm filter, and has a higher price point. The... Continue Reading >

World’s First 85mm f/1.8 lens with VC for Full-frame DSLRs

3.23.2016 Tech

© COURTESY TAMRONTamron has announced the launch of the SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016), the world’s first fast-aperture telephoto lens with VC (Vibration Compensation). Tamron’s Vibration Compensation makes it possible to take handheld photographs in dim light or at night. The 85mm SP lens uses LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements in the optical design to minimize color fringing and to achieve sharp and clear image quality with high-fidelity color. It... Continue Reading >