Tamron has announced two new lenses that break new ground for the well-known lens company. This morning, as part of their rebrand and push towards better optics, Tamron announced a new 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD for their lens lineup. Tamron invited me to test these lenses out. Prime territory is new for Tamron, but following on the heels of their recently distributed 15-30mm f/2.8, it's a welcome change. They've come out with two lenses that not only fill the day-to-day spots of professionals, but they also chose the focal lengths to make the daily APS-C user happy as well. They've developed a refined exterior design and rebrand, all while thinking about tactile comfort and usability. Both of these lenses also now have a flourine coating on the front element which helps repel oil and water.
The main focus of these lenses are their extremely close minimum focusing distances. Coming in at 7.9 inches for the 35mm and 11.4 inches for the 45mm, this gives the 35mm macro capabilities, meaning you can capture detail shots and wider lifestyle shots without having to change your lens.
About 18 months ago, Tamron built their newest Long Island facility that has boasted a three day turnaround on warranty fixes. Along with that fast turnaround, they also have a six year warranty for their lenses. These new Canon and Nikon mount lenses will be released on September 29th with an extremely low price tag of $599. Sony Alpha mount lenses are expected to be completed in about three months.
I'll have my hands on both these lenses for an in-depth review for you all next week. Do you have any questions about them? Post them in the comments below!
Check out some sample images from the new Tamron 35mm and 45mm prime lenses.