Again in February, Tamron introduced the event of three new lenses: the 35mm f/1.Four for DSLRs, the 17-28mm f/2.Eight for Sony FE, and the 35-150mm f/2.8-Four for DSLRs. We simply obtained the 35-150mm f/2.8-Four Di VC OSD for Nikon F mount to check out for a number of days. It’s at all times thrilling to check out new gear, and particularly thrilling when it’s a singular lens just like the 35-150mm.
The 35-150mm is marked as a quick and compact “portrait zoom” that may cowl a broad vary of capturing, from environmental portraits to tight headshots. With the vast zoom vary, the lens can also be excellent for journey and avenue capturing and has a formidable shut focus distance.
- 4.9” lengthy
- Minimal focusing distance – 1.48’
- 77mm filter thread
- Low Dispersion glass to attenuate chromatic aberration/shade fringing.
- Aspherical parts for optimum sharpness edge-to-edge, and flare discount
- Optimized Silent Drive (OSD) motor for quieter autofocus
- Twin Micro-Processing Unit (MPU) for quick and exact AF efficiency.
- Vibration Compensation (VC) to attenuate digicam shake when capturing handheld.
- Moisture Resistant Development for all climate use.
- Fluorine Coating and Broad-Band Anti-Reflection (BBAR) Coating for diminished ghosting and flare.
- TAP-in Console suitable.
The 35-150mm is comparatively compact however has a strong really feel within the hand. The outside design is much like most fashionable Tamron lenses with a satin end and the gold-like trim across the lens mount. The buttons are minimal – an AF/MF change, and a change for the VC. Not like among the different Tamron zoom lenses, there is no such thing as a VC Mode choice on this lens. The one different change on the lens is a barrel lock that may be locked when the lens is at 35mm and at its most compact measurement.
The zoom ring is vast and simple to show, with a average quantity of resistance. The focusing ring is close to the entrance factor, and identical to the just lately launched 17-35mm f/2.8-4, the main target ring turns because the lens autofocuses, which might be an annoyance from some photographers who maintain the lens close to the hood. Talking of the hood, not like some sub $1,000 lenses, it was good and tight and locked on with none points or considerations of it turning into unlocked.
The lens was clearly designed for portrait photographers in thoughts, with in style portrait prime focal distances on the lens barrel (35/50/85/105/135/150).
The Nitty Gritty
Being a variable aperture lens, the Tamron 35-150mm stops down as you zoom in, although not almost as a lot as some lenses with this a lot zoom. Beneath is the breakdown of focal size and aperture.
Utilizing calibration software program, we ran an aperture take a look at to at what aperture the lens is sharpest. Focal lengths used have been 35mm @ f/2.Eight and 150mm @ f/4. On the vast finish, peak sharpness was at f/5.6, although it’s very related from f/4-8, and at 150mm, peak sharpness was at f/7.1, with outcomes being pretty shut between f/Four and f/11. The pink DLA line signifies the place the lens could start to point out indicators of diffraction.
Vignetting is current when vast open, at each ends of the zoom vary, although begins to develop into very minimal at f/4 @ 35mm, and f/5.6 @ 150mm. No Lightroom lens profile corrections can be found but, however ought to simply be capable to repair any vignetting as soon as it’s up to date.
The pictures under have been taken with the Nikon D750 and D500.
The primary day of utilizing the lens, the climate overcast, foggy, and with occasional rain. Even after getting a bit moist, the lens carried out flawlessly. The AF motor noise is minimal – not as silent as a few of Tamron’s G2 quick zooms just like the 70-200 or 24-70, however not overly distracting, although videographers won’t be an enormous fan of this lens if utilizing on digicam mics. The vast zoom vary makes it nice for capturing full-body portraits in addition to these tight headshots with out having to swap glass.
The main focus is quick and correct, although we didn’t get an opportunity to try it out in any quick motion situations on day 1. It ought to be greater than enough for portrait and avenue photographers. The sharpness is spectacular for a lens with about 4.3x optical zoom. For somebody seeking to substitute their “equipment” lens on their full body Nikon (24-120mm /4) or Canon (24-105mm f/4), it is a nice selection that provides you a sooner aperture and a bit extra zoom size, with the tradeoff being that it begins at 35mm as a substitute of 24mm.
Authentic vs Cropped
The following day, so as to put the autofocus to the take a look at, the lens was used throughout a monitor & area occasion. Although no the quickest, the autofocus stored up for probably the most half, with minimal out of focus photographs throughout high-speed bursts with the D500. A 70-200 f/2.Eight can be a greater choice for this example, however for these searching for a one lens answer, it’s undoubtedly able to capturing the moments you need.
The Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-Four is a singular lens that appeals to customers, prosumers, and professionals alike. With its $799 price ticket for a comparatively “quick” lens that’s sharp, small, and very versatile, it’s an incredible discount. Paired with the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4, it’s an incredible 2 lens combo to cowl the vast to medium telephoto vary, with a quick aperture, and compact measurement.
The Nikon mount Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-Four can be obtainable on the finish of Might and might be pre-ordered right here. The Canon mount can be obtainable in early June and might be pre-ordered right here.
In regards to the creator: Ihor Balaban is a photographer and retailer supervisor of the digicam retailer Pixel Connection in Avon, Ohio. To be taught extra in regards to the retailer, head over to the Pixel Connection web site. This publish was additionally printed right here.