DPRTV: Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Hands-on Review

DPRTV tested the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 and found it to be a good value with some middling flaws that fit its price point. You can find details about the short video below or watch it above.

  • Weather sealed
  • Very lightweight
  • 67mm filter thread
  • 1:2 Macro close up capability
  • Very sharp at 2.8 and even better at 5.6
  • The lense is software corrected for distortion
  • LoCA has cyan and magenta fringing
  • Mechanical vignetting even into the center
  • Busy Bokeh
  • Polygonal shape highlights
  • You can get so close that you have to take the lens hood off
  • Soft bokeh when shooting very close
  • Focusing speed is a little slow but not critical on an ultra-wide lens
  • Manual focus throw is huge
  • Has a lot of focus breathing that makes it not great for video
  • Ok sun stars but not great
  • Good for an environmental portrait if you keep your subject in the center
  • It is convenient and lightweight at a low price
  • Lots of fair to middling aspects, but still an interesting lens
  • If you want to do astrophotography you might want a faster lens
  • The Sony 20mm f/1.8 is almost optically perfect but much heavier at a much higher price tag

Tamron 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2(Model F050):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Tamron 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2(Model F051):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Tamron 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2(Model F053):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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