Affordable and Versatile: A Review of the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 Lens

In the last few years, Tamron has reinvented itself to become one of the most exciting companies in the photography industry, offering a wide range of lenses that are both affordable and rather versatile. Perhaps no lens is more emblematic of that than the 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2, which is both quite cheap and able to tackle a wide range of needs. This great video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this excellent video review takes a look at the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 lens. At just $249, the 20mm f/2.8 is remarkably affordable, though it still covers a wide range of needs. With a 0.5x maximum magnification, it offers the relatively rare combination of decent macro capabilities and wide focal length, which can create rather unique images. In addition, at under half a pound, it is quite portable. Beyond those specifications, it also comes with a moisture-resistant design, three Low Dispersion elements for less chromatic aberrations, a molded glass aspherical element for less distortion and better sharpness, Broad-Band Anti-Reflection for less flares and ghosting and deeper contrast, fluorine coating for dirt and smudge protection, and a rounded seven-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh. Altogether, it looks like quite a nice lens for the price. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts on it. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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