Tam­ron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD £750/$750

A SOLID PER­FORMER IN EV­ERY RE­SPECT

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De­spite its much longer fo­cal length, the big brother to the Tam­ron 45mm is ac­tu­ally a frac­tion shorter, and has the same 67 mm fil­ter thread. It also shares the same com­bi­na­tion of an f/1.8 aper­ture rat­ing and VC im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. The styling, build qual­ity and weather seals are also the same.

One no­table dif­fer­ence, how­ever, is that the 85mm lens is heav­ier, at 660g rather than 520g. The main rea­son for this is that it fea­tures 13 el­e­ments, com­pared with just 10 in the 45mm. Both XLD (eX­tra Low Dis­per­sion) and LD el­e­ments are in­cluded to re­duce aber­ra­tions, and two types of nano struc­ture coat­ings are in­cluded to com­bat ghost­ing and flare.

Per­for­mance

Bokeh is even smoother than in the Tam­ron 45mm lens, but coma is a lit­tle more no­tice­able at aper­tures wider than f/2.8. Aut­o­fo­cus is faster, but the man­ual fo­cus ring has less ro­ta­tional travel. Again, cen­tre sharp­ness is im­pres­sive when shoot­ing wide open, but here it’s also ex­cel­lent right out to the ex­treme cor­ners of the frame.

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