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Tamron SP 85 mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

Manufacturer Tamron
Model SP 85 mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 85 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.8
Angle of view 28 o
Closest focusing distance 0.8 m
Maximum magnification 1:7.2
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type USD
Lens Construction 13 elements / 9 groups
Filter diameter 67 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Dimensions 91.3 x 84.8 mm
Weight 700 g
Additional information Announced: 22.02.2016
Model: F016
1 LD glass element, 1 XLD glass element
Data - Canon version
Average rating (3 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (3)
  1. muflon
    muflon 3 July 2020, 12:04
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    IP 178.165.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: expensive bulky heavy

    Pros: Outstanding performance even at the edges Stabilizer weight (!) compared to 1,4 good AF

    Summary: I chose it over the sigma 1,4 cause of the weight and the VR AND the image quality. Maybe the sigma is sharper in the center but only a little. the tamron ist sharper in the rest of the image. It\'s still heavy and bulky but a good compromise.

  2. Balgenbruder
    Balgenbruder 23 June 2017, 11:56
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    IP 91.14.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: At very close distances there is a focus shift on my D810, not a problem for me though. Heavy overcast, not even flare, when doing shots with the sun exactly in the background of the portrait. Needed correction of +10 on two bodies, done with the Tamron tap-in console otherwise focus was not consistent.

    Pros: Extremely low chromatic abberation even wide open. Sharp @ f1.8 up to the very corners. Pleasing quiet bokeh Nice warm color rendering. Perfect balance on the D810 the edge of weight that I want to use. VR helps to get sharper shots on stills and for concentrating on the subject. Once focus shift is corrected lens focuses reliably.

    Summary: To me the best compromise for a 85mm. f1.8 can be used without color fringing like many 1.4 lenses show. VR is helpful - for me. Color rendering and bokeh is pleasant especially for portraits. Excellent value for money.

  3. mythofyht
    mythofyht 18 May 2016, 06:16
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    IP 58.200.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Focus drift with residual spherical aberration. Very big and heavy. Expensive.

    Pros: Top notch optics. Very good focus speed and accuracy. Vibration reduction is usable.

    Summary: Just received my 85VC. Optically it's perfect -- wide open resolution is amazing, coma and chromatic aberrations are non-existent, and flare resistance is very good. However it is so big and heavy, much larger and heavier than my Samyang 85/1.4 and approaching the Sigma 85EX. The focus shift, as is well described in Lenstip's review, is not a problem for infinity but might cause problems in portraiture distance. Plus, I think an 85mm might be the least relevant focus range for vibration reduction. You might need VR in wide-angle for handheld landscape shots with small aperture, and may need VR for telephoto lenses, but a huge 85/1.8 with VC? Hmm...

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