Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens Review Hands on Review

In this video, photographer, Christopher Frost, takes a look at the new Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD lens designed for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

This is Tamron’s newest SP lens designed for EF and F mounts (although you can, of course, adapt it to mirrorless cameras) and thus is pretty large and heavy (weighing 805g or 28.4 oz for the Nikon F mount version).

The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD build quality is very good and it has an AF/MF switch and a single ring (for focusing) which is pretty wide.

AF is fairly fast and relatively quiet but not completely. As for image quality – on a full-frame body this lens is superbly sharp across the frame even wide open. It does have quite a significant vignette wide open but closing down to f/2.8 fixes that for the most part.

Close up image quality wide open isn’t amazing but at f/2 sharpness improves considerably. Flare performance is very good and Bokeh looks really nice and CA is apparent at f/1.4 but disappears at f/2.

This is not the first review that we are publishing about the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD lens. Chris Niccolls (and Jordan Drake) from DPR did a recent review of this lens which we published here and they both seemed to like it a lot.

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

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid and you can find more of Frost’s videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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