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    New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Tamron relaunches SP series with 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD: Digital Photography Review

    Tamron SP 35mm and 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lenses for Nikon F mount announced | Nikon Rumors

    That 45mm would be perfectly positioned in a 3-lens setup between 24 and 85mm. I might have found my AF "50mm" for when I'm to lazy to use the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2.
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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Just saw these on NR as well - very interesting - especially for travel photography.

    Like the addition of VR.

    Seems like Tamron is following Sigma for a new quality line.


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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Quote Originally Posted by Swissblad View Post
    Just saw these on NR as well - very interesting - especially for travel photography.

    Like the addition of VR.

    Seems like Tamron is following Sigma for a new quality line.

    I agree. Together with Sigma, they seem to be redefining how a prime can be.
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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    24-35mm f/2.0 + 45mm f/1.8 + 70-200mm f/4.0... very interesting travel kit
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    I like what I see. I'm not at all a tamron guy, at all ! But what I see is well rounded high quality primes, studied piece of optics who might have far better performance than brand lenses. I do not know about the reliability but for now, Imho, with this price range and quality those two lenses outclass Sigma.

    Sigma did very wrong with the Art line just because no weather sealing. WS is a must have for any niche because it bring a feeling of "security" to the future owner. Even if he do not use the lens under harsh conditions, he know he can do it. This is a huge +. He just trust more his material.

    From the samples, so far, I prefer the tamron bokeh over the Sigma one, big time.

    bravo tamron.

    Some samples here ... just very very good, seriously unexpected.

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    While these lenses look nice I do not see any reason to start trusting Tamron again. I have had so many bad experiences with that company that I decided never ever to buy one of their ..... anymore. Even if it looks nice than nicer!

    Also I do not see what they bring above original Nikon as well as Sigma Art lenses.

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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Quote Originally Posted by ptomsu View Post

    Also I do not see what they bring above original Nikon as well as Sigma Art lenses.
    Image stabilisation and weather sealing.
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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Image stabilisation and weather sealing.
    Well if this works flawlessly - my past experiences were not promising though ....

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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Quote Originally Posted by ptomsu View Post
    Well if this works flawlessly - my past experiences were not promising though ....
    Check the review that Hulyss linked to. It's rather impressive stuff.
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    I'm confident that this lenses will be as advertised. I'm also sure Tamron and Sigma are at war in the third party lens market. Tamron just wake up after Sigma, hired somehow a good photographer for the PR campaign and just show the teeth with a lot of "probable" features at a very competitive price.

    I won't buy it but let see in 6 months how it evolute. I agree, Tamron need to "prove" what they really worth. If those primes are in fact solid and reliable, I might save up for the 35mm (more than 300 less expensive than the CZ 35f2).
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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Quote Originally Posted by Hulyss Bowman View Post
    I'm confident that this lenses will be as advertised. I'm also sure Tamron and Sigma are at war in the third party lens market. Tamron just wake up after Sigma, hired somehow a good photographer for the PR campaign and just show the teeth with a lot of "probable" features at a very competitive price.

    I won't buy it but let see in 6 months how it evolute. I agree, Tamron need to "prove" what they really worth. If those primes are in fact solid and reliable, I might save up for the 35mm (more than 300 less expensive than the CZ 35f2).
    Totally agree that Tamron has to prove. Maybe they will get better over time, but I have the feeling that there is lot of hype and - please excuse my thoughts - I am getting really tired lately of all this hype all around photography. Everybody (every company somehow in that market) reinvents photography new again and again (Fuji, Sony, .....) and there are lot of other vendors keeping to jump on that bandwagon like Zeiss, Sigma and now Tamron. And only few of them really make it to lasting products. But all make big hype first, which I am meanwhile getting really tired of.

    Not your fault of course and I do NOT INTEND to kill the messenger, hope you understand

    Anyway we will see what comes out of this - maybe there is a pleasant surprise.

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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Quote Originally Posted by ptomsu View Post
    Totally agree that Tamron has to prove. Maybe they will get better over time, but I have the feeling that there is lot of hype and - please excuse my thoughts - I am getting really tired lately of all this hype all around photography. Everybody (every company somehow in that market) reinvents photography new again and again (Fuji, Sony, .....) and there are lot of other vendors keeping to jump on that bandwagon like Zeiss, Sigma and now Tamron. And only few of them really make it to lasting products. But all make big hype first, which I am meanwhile getting really tired of.

    Not your fault of course and I do NOT INTEND to kill the messenger, hope you understand

    Anyway we will see what comes out of this - maybe there is a pleasant surprise.

    Peter
    Ha no ! no worry I understand you and agree about the Hype and PR. Last years was all about "retro style", "superior quality", "niche market", "if you do not have a Billingham bag your nobody", "show me your stuff I'll tell you how much money you have".

    All but at the end of the day... not many about photography. You can't find more tired than me about this madness, actually.

    That said, if this tamron is tested by some well known guys over here, and the results are promising, I will probably buy into it because I'm rather poor
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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Interestingly, I have two Tamron lenses that perform very differently:

    The 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6, a lens from the film era that went out of production around 2005. Optically, it's really only good below 70mm, but mechanically, it's top notch, a joy to use, and it's a good enough lens on a 12MP camera like the D700.

    The 17-50mm f/2.8, which is uninspiring but rather good optically from wide open. Mechanically however, it's just cheap. I use it with the D300 when I'm not sure if my gear will survive the conditions I'm working under.

    So if Tamron can get back to the mechanical qualities of the old lenses and make the optical part better than the 17-50mm (which they seem to have succeeded with), this is interesting. For me, the 45mm is a no-brainer and a compliment to the manual focus Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 that I already use.

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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Sigma had a very bad reputation a few years ago regarding quality control etc, which they took great care to address with their new contemporary, sport and ART series.

    Tamron had a few lenses in the past with stunning IQ - the 90mm macro comes to mind - really a legend in its time.

    Others like the 200-400mm zoom were best left alone.....

    I really hope these new lenses set a new quality standard.

    I think they could make great companions for a light FX body.....Df or D750.....dream on.



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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    he latest Tamron I had was a 17-50/2.8 on my D2X. It wasn't very fond of concrete.
    The D2X didn't seem to mind though.

    That said - I think every lens design and production series should be seen in isolation - optically the design choices are infinite, and mechanically, well, let's just wait for user reviews.

    I like the positioning - not everyone must have f/1.4 lenses, 1.8 allows for less compromise in optical design. And while these lenses are far from tiny (67 mm front thread), they are just over half the size and weight of the Sigma ART series. Let's hope they match optically and are decent mechanically.

    EDIT: Ok, not quite half but susbstantially smaller and lighter.
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    Tamron seems to have reacted to what Sigma has been able to achieve and they are really bringing out some nice looking lenses.

    I am going to watch this one with great interest. Weather sealing is a big plus for me.

    Also check out their SP 15-30mm as well, it is getting big wraps from some corners.
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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    I'm a bit disappointed by the price of these new lenses - the Tamron 35mm 1.8 is currently listed locally at almost $400 more than the Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART......



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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    That's strange. At B&H it's $300 less than the Sigma.

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    Seems EU prices are way off base..... similar comments posted on NR forum.

    Guess Tamron will wake up and change their policy.

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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Give it a month or two - competition will likely push down the price level in Europe.
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    Re: New Tamron Primes; very promising

    Currently the 35mm is about 40% more than the Canon 35mm f2 IS can be had for and I was extremely impressed by the Canon (review here). Eyeball slicing wide open? No, but very sharp, for sure, lovely rendering overall, good price (now, long after release) good size and weight and phenomenally good IS. I got a 50% hit rate for very sharp frames at one second. I could not believe it. Half a second is about 75% and upwards.

    I am v glad Tamron has released these lenses and I am sure there will be more to come. Maybe a 24mm and 85mm?

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