DPRTV: Tamron 35mm f/2.8 vs Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8

DPRTV compare the newly released Tamron 35mm f/2.8 vs Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8. Below are excerpts from the video:

  • 2.8 primes can be very compact which is probably why they exist
  • Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 is the most compact
  • Zeiss is 132g the Tamron is 210g
  • Tamron has a larger diameter with 67mm filters and the Sony takes 49mm
  • Most modern Tamron lenses have a 67mm filter thread
  • Not much difference in the center sharpness
  • Wide-open in the corners, the Tamron is noticeably better than the Zeiss
  • The Zeiss has a metal focus ring that is great
  • Tamron focus ring is plastic and has play
  • Zeiss has tons of LOCA with a magenta shift in the foreground and bright cyan in the background
  • Tamron is well controlled with a slight magenta ting in the foreground and slight green in the background, but very well controlled
  • The Tamron has a plastic feel, but it is weather sealed
  • The Sony doesn’t have a rubber gasket
  • Tamron is very slow to focus
  • Sony has fast AF
  • Tamron wins for minimum focus distance
  • Bokeh is very similar, but the Tamron is a little less busy and cleaner
  • Sony has focus breathing, but the Tamron has more
  • Tamron handles flare well with a little bit of purple
  • The Sony Zeiss has better flare control
  • The Tamron is half the price of the Sony
  • The Tamron 35mm f/2.8 is the clear winner in DPRTV’s opinion

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