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.