Hands on Review: Tamron SP 35mm F1.4

On this short video review, our friends and colleagues Chris Niccolls (and Jordan Drake) from DPR, take a look at the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 lens to see how well it performs.

The Tamron SP line of lenses might not be as iconic as Sigma’s ART line but it actually includes some fantastic lenses which are as good and in some cases even better than their Sigma counterparts and still significantly cheaper than comparable lenses by the major manufacturers.

On this review, Niccolls takes the Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 for a spin on a Nikon Z7 with an adaptor (this is a DSLR lens after all and he used the F-mount version of it).

Optically the lens was very impressive, corner to corner even wide open it is sharp (even on the 45MP Z7 camera) and at f/2 it is super sharp. Build quality is also good and the lens has nice weather sealing. The focus rin is large but Niccolls didn’t find it all that comfortable (nothing too bad though) but it certainly has some focus breathing and video shooters might not like the handling of the lens all that much.

Wide-open the lens still has some CA but it disappears when you stop down a bit. Sun stars look nice and flare control is very nice. Close up isn’t special (about 1 foot) but it looks sharp.

Niccolls concludes by saying that he would prefer this lens over the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART which is saying a lot but you have to remember that this lens isn’t very compact (especially if you are going to use it as he did with an adaptor on a mirrorless camera).

As for pricing the lens currently sells for $900 (Nikon F-mount, Canon EF-mount).

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