Tamron announced its three new lenses: the 35mm f/1.4 for DSLRs, the 17-28mm f/2.8 for Sony FE, and the 35-150mm f/2.8-4 for DSLRs. Received from the 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD for the Nikon F mount to test. Tamron Lens are great to test for its newest features and especially exciting when it’s a unique lens.
The 35-150mm is marked as a fast and compact “portrait zoom” which could cover a broad range of shooting, from environmental portraits to tight headshots. This wide zoom range is also perfect for travel and street shooting and has an impressive close focus distance.
4.9″ long, 27.9oz, 77mm filter thread, Low Dispersion glass to minimize the chromatic aberration/color fringing, Aspherical elements for optimal sharpness edge-to-edge, Optimized Silent Drive (OSD) motor, Dual Micro-Processing Unit (MPU) for fast and precise AF performance, Vibration Compensation (VC) to minimize camera shake when shooting handheld, Moisture-Resistant Construction, TAP-in Console compatible.
The lens is 35-150mm which is also relatively compact to feel solid in the hand with an exterior design similar to the most modern Tamron lenses with a satin finish and the gold-like trim around the lens mount. The buttons are minimal – an AF/MF switch and a switch for the VC. While the zoom ring is wide and easy to turn with a moderate amount of resistance and the focusing ring is near the front element. It is just like the recently released 17-35mm f/2.8-4, the focus ring also turns as the lens autofocus. Though it was nice and tight and locked on without any issues or concerns of it becoming unlocked.
Nitty yet Gritty:
Being of a variable aperture lens, the Tamron 35-150mm stops down as you can zoom in, it is not nearly as much as the camera lenses in this zoom:
The calibration software the aperture test can test the lens at its sharpest. The focal length of the lens used is 35mm at f/2.8 and 150mm at f/4. At this wide end, the peak sharpness was at f/5.6 and is also similar to f/4-8. Check out more awesome lenses as such from our collection below: