DUAL PRIME LENSES

Tam­ron SP35mm and SP45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lenses An­nounced

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - NEWS -

Tam­ron is known for its af­ford­able zoom lenses. Now, the com­pany is aim­ing to change that per­cep­tion by an­nounc­ing two prime lenses un­der the new SP se­ries: the SP35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and the SP45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD. Both lenses of­fer fast con­stant aper­ture of f/1.8, pro­pri­etary VC (Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion) im­age sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tem, and com­pat­i­bil­ity with both full-frame and APS-C DSLR cam­eras.

From its aes­thet­ics, we can tell that the de­sign of its but­tons and fo­cus ring have been re­vamped to make them look more ver­sa­tile and user-friendly. As a whole, both lenses are rem­i­nis­cent of Sigma’s Art lenses.

Look­ing at the spec­i­fi­ca­tions from both lenses, they are ac­tu­ally very close in terms of fo­cal length, with the SP35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD of­fer­ing the clos­est fo­cus­ing ca­pa­bil­ity at 0.2m min­i­mum ob­ject dis­tance. It touts 10 el­e­ments in 9 groups, high-speed aut­o­fo­cus with USD (Ul­tra Silent Drive), 9-blade cir­cu­lar aper­ture, and mois­tur­ere­sis­tant con­struc­tion. eBAND coat­ing, on the other hand, helps im­prove con­trol over flare and ghost im­ages.

That said, the SP45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the world’s first full­frame prime stan­dard lens to be equipped with im­age sta­bi­liza­tion. Both lenses will be avail­able start­ing from Oc­to­ber 2015 with a rec­om­mended re­tail price of US$599 (ap­prox. RM2,598).

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