Tamron announces SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD, the finest prime lens in the company’s history

Jun 3, 2019

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Tamron announces SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD, the finest prime lens in the company’s history

Jun 3, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Tamron SP lenses have been around for 40 years. To celebrate this anniversary, Tamron has decided to launch an “ultimate” 35mm lens for Nikon and Canon DSLRs. The SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD is coming soon and it’s going to be “the finest lens in Tamron’s history.”

The new 35mm f/1.4 is designed with versatility in mind, considering that the 35mm focal length is used in many different photography genres. According to Tamron, this lens is a “distillation of Tamron’s accumulated lens-making expertise and craftsmanship.” It’s designed for full frame Nikon and Canon DSLRs, but of course, you can also use it on an APS-C body. On Nikon cameras, it gives a 52.5mm equivalent focal length and a 56mm equivalent focal length on Canon.

The AF drive is equipped with Tamron’s proprietary USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive). According to Tamron, this will provide you a fast, precise and quiet autofocusing. There’s also a Dynamic Rolling-cam mechanism, which has been newly developed specifically for this lens. It helps to minimize the drive load placed on the focus lens component. Because of this, you should have improved AF performance and reliability even under the harsh shooting conditions, such as high and low-temperature extremes. Finally, the lens is also equipped with a Full-Time Manual Focus override system. This allows you to instantly make fine adjustments to the point of focus, even when using the AF mode.

The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD is built of 14 elements in 10 groups. These include four LD (Low Dispersion) and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) elements. Thanks to the lens construction and the special coatings, the company promises high-resolution performance from the center of the frame to the edges, even at f/1.4. On top of that, the lens is durable and weather-resistant.

Check out the full specs of the lens:

General
Lens Mounts ·         Nikon F

·         Canon EF

Lens
Focal Length 35mm
Angle of View 63.26°
Max Aperture f/1.4
Min Aperture f/16
Filter Size 72mm
Stabilised No
35mm equivalent No Data
Internal focusing No Data
Maximum magnification No Data
Focusing
Min Focus 30cm
Construction
Blades 9
Elements 14
Groups 10
Box Contents
Box Contents Flower-shaped hood, Lens caps, Lens pouch
Dimensions
Weight 805g
Height 102.3mm

The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD is currently available for preorders in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. There’s still no official pricing listed yet, but Tamron lists the recommended retail price of £929 (~$1,170). As for the availability, the Nikon F version is expected to start shipping at the end of June, and the Canon EF version is coming at the end of July 2019.

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8 responses to “Tamron announces SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD, the finest prime lens in the company’s history”

  1. decentrist Avatar
    decentrist

    14 elements????…it should render like a zoom lens…flat,flat,flat

    1. I'm With Her Avatar
      I’m With Her

      You are correct. This was a tragic mistake. Some of the sharpest 50mm primes in current existence are 7-8 element lenses.

  2. Dušan DuPe Pethö Avatar
    Dušan DuPe Pethö

    Big

  3. Max Stevens Avatar
    Max Stevens

    I’m pretty happy with my SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

    1. dosporuno Avatar
      dosporuno

      I’ve been very curious about this lens. I sold my beloved 35L because of too much missed focus frustration, even after Cannon servicing. I really miss 35mm though. I’m considering your Tamron or the Canon f2 IS also.

      1. Petr Svitil Avatar
        Petr Svitil

        I had both and think the Take on is better with closer min. focusing distance and a tad faster AF. Tough, when placed on my 5Div, i have to switch off the in camera abberation correction or the Tamron throws these “shadow” circles on the image. But apart from that, i think the Tamron is better

  4. Carlos zamora Avatar
    Carlos zamora

    Would this be any good for filmmaking?

  5. Rodolfo Farinas Avatar
    Rodolfo Farinas

    I’m not buying another Tamron lens until they update the lenses I already own like the 100-400mm to work with the Nikon FTZ mount on Z7 cameras.