Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens Model F045 Review

When photographing, people always search for the perfect moment to capture, and you want that moment to look as detailed as possible, showing not only quality, but also displaying some sharpness to it. If you are looking for a brand-new camera lens, Tamron might have exactly what you’re looking for.

The latest Tamron’s high-end prime lens, the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD (Model F045), was announced on Thursday, June 6; a high-end wide-angle prime lens that’s based on 40 years of the Superior Performance (SP) series. The company states that the 35mm offers “unprecedented quality.” The lens will be available in Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLR mounts before the end of the summer.

Using 14 elements in 10 groups, Tamron says the lens’ design strives against chromatic aberration while creating sharp images, and that the lens offers sharpness even toward the edges. Its construction also uses anti-reflection coatings besides a newly developed coating to fight flare and ghosting. It’s paired with a bright f/1.4 aperture, helping the wide angle lens produce a “bokeh effect”. Tamron stated that the construction also helps create excellent image quality in the out-of-focus areas of the photograph.

Tamron SP Camera Lens

The new Tamron 35mm also uses the company’s Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) motor for autofocus, and Tamron assures the autofocus performance is fast, precise, and quiet. The lens’ exterior is sealed against rain and moisture, and the front of the lens uses a Fluorine Coating that helps against moisture, dirt and fingerprints. There’s a locking lens hood included.

The SP series was first released in 1979 as the brand’s line for high-end optics. “To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Tamron’s renowned SP series lenses that are designed and constructed to deliver the highest levels of performance, we drew upon our accumulated expertise and technologies to create the ‘ultimate lens’ – the Model F045,” a Tamron spokesperson said. “Our goal was to achieve high resolution, fidelity of point light source, and beautiful bokeh. We deployed existing skills, like our highly regarded knowhow for producing bokeh, and combined them with new innovations like BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating for anti-reflection performance. Today, we announce with sincere pride that the Model F045 embodies Tamron’s philosophy for manufacturing and is the finest lens in Tamron’s history.”

The development of the lens was announced by Tamron this February. The new lens will be available in the Nikon mount on June 26 and for Canon on July 25, and it will be sold for $899.