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Tamron 35-150 mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD

2 January 2020
Maciej Lata≥≥o

11. Summary


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Pros:

  • good quality casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality on the edge of the APS-C/DX sensor,
  • acceptable image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • lack of problems with longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • slight lateral chromatic aberration,
  • very good coma correction,
  • sensible correction of astigmatism,
  • low vignetting on the APS-C/DX sensor,
  • quiet and accurate autofocus,
  • 5-year warranty period.

Cons:

  • some problems with spherical aberration,
  • high vignetting on full frame,
  • performance against bright light could have been a tad better,
  • too slow autofocus.
The Tamron 35–150†mm f/2.8–4 Di†VC†OSD is not a flawless instrument; still we are aware that, with such parameters, their elimination would entail a noticeable increase in weight and dimensions, most probably also in price. Mind you, the price is hardly low (at the beggining of 2020 you have to pay around $800 for it) so I doubt raising it any further would be a sensible solution. However, the lens even in current shape is a very well-put-together device, supplementing in a perfect way the earlier Tamron 17-35 mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD. That pair constitutes a really excellent, shapely and very useful set of lenses.

You could speculate whether their usefulness might be increased if, for example, instead of 35-150 mm parameters the producers offered something like 50-180 mm or even 50-200 mm. Perhaps it would mean also the increase of filter diameter but, I suppose, it would be a price worth paying.

Still let's leave such speculations aside; we should enjoy the fact that the line-ups of independent, third-party producers have been getting bigger and bigger, featuring very interesting models, well worth our attention. Personally I find the Tamron 35-150 mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD lens completely recommendable.