Tam­ron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD £600/$600

Su­perb CEN­TRE SHARP­NESS WITH ADDED STA­BIL­ITY

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Some say you don’t need sta­bil­i­sa­tion in fast lenses, but if you want to take ad­van­tage of prime lens im­age qual­ity at medium aper­ture set­tings, sta­bil­i­sa­tion can be a real help – hence the in­clu­sion of Tam­ron’s Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion (VC) sys­tem in this lens.

The mod­est f/1.8 aper­ture rat­ing in this ‘stan­dard’ prime helps keep the size down and the weight off, and the lens is nicely en­gi­neered, with pre­mium build qual­ity and weather seals. At 45mm, the fo­cal length is a touch shorter than the more stan­dard 50mm. This equates to 67.5mm on a DX-for­mat body, though the lens is also full-frame com­pat­i­ble.

Per­for­mance

Aut­o­fo­cus isn’t su­per­fast, but it was highly ac­cu­rate in our tests. The sta­biliser gives a ben­e­fit of about four f/stops, and man­ual fo­cus­ing ben­e­fits from greater travel in the fo­cus ring than with the other lenses on test. Sharp­ness is ex­cel­lent, even when shoot­ing wide open, while bokeh is im­pres­sively smooth, both at f/1.8 and when stop­ping down.

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