DPRTV: Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD AF – Lens of The Year?

The Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD AF is a very unique zoom lens with a maximum bright aperture of f/2. DPRTV posted its video review which you can watch above or you can read the summary below:

  • Pretty sure it is the only company to make a 35-150mm ultra-bright zoom
  • It’s a big heavy lens
  • 82mm front filter thread
  • Weather sealed
  • Rugged
  • 1165g
  • Three programable custom buttons around the lens that you can setup with Tamron’s software
  • You can even customize the focus ring in software
  • Linear and non-linear AF
  • Walking switch
  • AF/MF switch
  • 35-150mm splits the difference by giving you some of a 24-70mm and 70-200mm
  • Very versatile lens
  • Could be used for studio, weddings, travel, street, etc…
  • VXD linear motor
  • Very fast AF and silent
  • LoCA performance is fantastic
  • Bokeh is very good and doesn’t have the typical Tamron soap bubble effect
  • Bokeh has a smooth transition that is clean with no onion rings and minimal cats eye that is gone by f/5.6
  • Sun stars aren’t bad with this lens
  • Flare is excessive with this lens
  • Flare so bad that it is almost good
  • Not a lot of focus breathing, but there is a little movement at 35mm, but there is basically none at 150mm
  • 35mm range is very sharp even at f/2 with a slight improvement when stopping down, but there is a little field curvature
  • 150mm incredible sharpness wide open and once again improves a little when stopping down, but the lens is very flat at 150mm
  • Excellent optics
  • Might be the best lens of the year
  • Only issue is the flare
  • The lens is expensive for a Tamron that is understandable because it competes with the best lenses
  • Wish this lens came to more mounts

Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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