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Dustin has completed our review of the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens. This is a very desired focal length and Tamron is the first to bring us a new 85mm lens in a long time. Both of the Canon offerings are getting long in the tooth and we’re all waiting for Sigma to bring us an Art series 85mm f/1.4.
It appears Tamron’s goal was to bring a lens of great optical quality, manageable size and weight as well as good durability with weather sealing.
From the review:
Tamron has charted their own prime lens path with this new SP prime series, and it is clear that they have been doing their homework in the development of these lenses. Their decision to produce prime lenses with stabilization but slightly smaller maximum apertures has allowed them to keep the size moderate with these lenses despite resolution figures up there with the very best. Their choice to really invest in serious weather sealing for their lenses helps set them apart from the competition. Read the full review
I’m actually going to purchase one of these for my EOS-1D X Mark II for an upcoming trip because of the weather sealing alone. The size and optical quality are going to be an added bonus. I will be paying close attention to the autofocus performance of the lens, but for what I’ll be shooting, I’m confident it will perform well.