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Tamron launches the finest lens in its history with the new fixed focal lens, the SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045), for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Press Release:

Tamron’s SP (Superior Performance) lens series was born in 1979, based on the concept of delivering lenses for taking the perfect picture for those who love photography. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the series. In celebration, Tamron has developed the 35mm F/1.4 (Model F045), the distillation of Tamron’s accumulated lens-making expertise and craftsmanship. This orthodox fixed focal lens, which some consider the most desirable of all interchangeable lenses, is the embodiment of all the optical technology and manufacturing know-how Tamron has developed to date.

The 35mm F1.4’s (Model F045) unprecedented high-resolution image quality and beautiful, appealing background bokeh let photographers capture any scene down to the finest details. The external lens barrel was developed through a tireless pursuit of operability and durability, focusing constantly on the needs of photographers. This lens is equipped with a large F/1.4 aperture and high-speed, high-precision AF functionality offering exceptional reliability, plus various other features for increased convenience, making it the perfect everyday lens for your creative pursuits. It is ideally suited for nearly every photographic genre, including photojournalism, landscape, sports, street life, wedding groups and family snapshots.

Product Development Background

“To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Tamron’s renowned SP series lenses that are designed and constructed to deliver the highest levels of performance, we drew upon our accumulated expertise and technologies to create the ‘ultimate lens’ — the Model F045,” said the person responsible for product planning. “Our goal was to achieve high resolution, fidelity of point light source and beautiful bokeh,” he continued. “We deployed existing skills, like our highly regarded knowhow for producing bokeh, and combined them with new innovations like BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating for anti-reflection performance. Today we announce with sincere pride that the Model F045 embodies Tamron’s philosophy for manufacturing and is the finest lens in Tamron’s history.”

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Consummate image quality across the entire frame from edge-to-edge

The optical construction (14 elements in 10 groups) leverages the best of Tamron technology and features a generous arrangement of special glass materials including four LD (Low Dispersion) and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements. This combination of components successfully eliminates the effects of chromatic aberrations (which are particularly perilous for high-speed lenses) as well as other optical aberrations to the greatest extent possible. Even at its maximum aperture of F/1.4, high-resolution performance is achieved from the center of the frame to the edges, providing superior aberration correction to maintain perfect fidelity of point shapes. The result is ultimate ultra-high image quality. This exceptional optical performance extends to the quality of defocused bokeh areas. With this lens, photographers can capture dramatic images that neatly sculpt their subjects against large and beautifully appealing background bokeh.

2. Next-generation BBAR-G2 Coating

To maximize the optical performance and ultra-high image quality of this lens, special measures are in place for optimal correction against ghosting and flare. Tamron has developed BBAR-G2 Coating through continued research into the coating technologies they have developed over many years. This new BBAR-G2 Coating vastly exceeds the performance of the original BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating that enjoys a long and well-established reputation in its own right. In addition to minimizing ghosting and flare, BBAR-G2 Coating enables clear images with stunning, unprecedented contrast.

3. Exceptionally reliable, fast and accurate AF

The AF drive is equipped with Tamron’s proprietary USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive). This technology affords an autofocusing system with high speed, precision and quiet operation—even in a large aperture lens, which is typically bigger and heavier. Additionally, thanks to the Dynamic Rolling-cam mechanism that has been newly developed specifically for this lens, Tamron has succeeded in minimizing the drive load placed on the focus lens component. This breakthrough ensures stable AF operating performance and improves reliability even under the harsh shooting conditions of professional use, including high and low-temperature extremes. This exceptional lens is also equipped with a Full-Time Manual Focus override system so photographers can instantly make fine adjustments to the point of focus, even when using the AF mode.

4. Vastly improved highly durable Fluorine Coating

The front surface of the lens element is coated with a Fluorine Coating based on a newly developed fluorine compound with high water- and oil-repellent properties. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture, and fingerprints, and enabling your important lenses to be continually protected on a long-term basis.

5. Moisture-Resistant Construction

Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

6. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory

The Model F045 is compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update a lens’s firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF.

7. Locking lens hood for precise positioning

The included lens hood is equipped with a locking mechanism. Being able to reliably attach the hood prevents it from unintentionally shifting position or coming off at the wrong time.

8. Consistent with Tamron’s sophisticated design concepts

The smoothly contoured body and the texture of fine details reinforce simple operation and ensure intuitive use. The shape boasts a high-grade feel worthy of a next-generation model that’s packed with advanced technologies. The form snugly houses the internal components, while the carefully finished Luminous Gold brand ring and painstakingly precise construction speak loudly of the extreme high quality of the lens. Combined with the ergonomic switch box shape, highly legible distance-scale window and sturdy metal mount, the lens boasts a finely-finished rugged and functional design.

Price and Availability

The SP 35mm F1.4Di USD lens will be available in both Canon and Nikon mounts with a UK Suggested retail price of £929.99.

It is expected to be available in the UK in Nikon mount: End of June 2019, and Canon Mount End of July 2019

SPECIFICATIONS

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Specifications

Manufacturer Tamron
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

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Nb. Length*

for Canon 104.8mm (4.1 in)

for Nikon 102.3mm (4 in)

Nb. Weight

for Canon 815g (28.7 oz)

for Nikon 805g (28.4oz)

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

genriquez

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Feb 5, 2019
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I've owned the Tamron 35mm, 45mm, 85mm and the 70-200 2.8 G2.

I'm hoping that the 35mm 1.4 is built similar to the 85mm and 70-200 2.8 G2: sharp, fast, minimal CA. No AF issues with the prime but the zoom really needed AFMA.

I found the Tamron 35mm 1.8 VC interesting with close MFD and higher than average magnification ratio but it was slow compared to the canon 35mm f2 IS.

The Tamron 45mm 1.8 VC was a great focal length but very slow to focus.

The Tamron 35mm and 45mm are definitely older so I expect that Tamron will put the new tech into this prime.
 
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This looks very promising and considering Tamron's recent track record I am sure it will be an outstanding lens. However, the major disappointment for me is that apparently it does NOT have vibration compensation. I find this surprising as that would have been a major selling point over the Canon equivalent. The other advantage is of course price; the Tamron is less expensive. But for those who could afford either, it seems to me that VC would have won over potential Canon buyers who now have no reason to buy this over the Canon version. (It is also a reason for some buyers to stick with Tamron's existing f/1.8 version that does have VC).
 

genriquez

I'm New Here
Feb 5, 2019
21
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This looks very promising and considering Tamron's recent track record I am sure it will be an outstanding lens. However, the major disappointment for me is that apparently it does NOT have vibration compensation. I find this surprising as that would have been a major selling point over the Canon equivalent. The other advantage is of course price; the Tamron is less expensive. But for those who could afford either, it seems to me that VC would have won over potential Canon buyers who now have no reason to buy this over the Canon version. (It is also a reason for some buyers to stick with Tamron's existing f/1.8 version that does have VC).
True VC would be nice but I'm guessing the compromise would be the added weight with all that glass. I don't think any 35mm 1.4 lens has image stabilization. The only 1.4 lens that has IS (from my current brain) is the 85mm 1.4 L IS. It already looks like the Tamron 1.4 is heavier than the canon 35mm mark ii.

Looks like I'll keep my canon 35mm f2 IS since this Tamron doesn't have VC.
 
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Joules

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The ~ 1K 35mm market is getting quite crowded. Looks like this sits nicely between the Sigma 35mm 1.4 and Bigma 40mm 1.4 Art lenses.

Curious if that will also be true for the image quality.
 
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navastronia

EOS RP + 5D Classic
Aug 31, 2018
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The ~ 1K 35mm market is getting quite crowded. Looks like this sits nicely between the Sigma 35mm 1.4 and Bigma 40mm 1.4 Art lenses.

Curious if that will also be true for the image quality.
Yeah, I’m curious why they’re choosing to compete for this segment. Like MrFotoFool said above, why not give it IS and release it at $1200-1400, where its only competitor (1.4 + weather sealing) is Canon, whose lens lacks stabilization?
This looks very promising and considering Tamron's recent track record I am sure it will be an outstanding lens. However, the major disappointment for me is that apparently it does NOT have vibration compensation. I find this surprising as that would have been a major selling point over the Canon equivalent. The other advantage is of course price; the Tamron is less expensive. But for those who could afford either, it seems to me that VC would have won over potential Canon buyers who now have no reason to buy this over the Canon version. (It is also a reason for some buyers to stick with Tamron's existing f/1.8 version that does have VC).
 
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slclick

PINHOLE
Dec 17, 2013
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This lens has been anticipated for some time now and touted as Tamron's finest optics yet. I think the lack of stabilization falls into the camp of VC/IS is for tele primarily and they want to showcase the other optical aspects and keep it from being too large. The 85 is a great lens but it is very heavy. I am very satisfies by the images I can get with it and from what I hear and read, the 35 will be far better. I expect a 35 1.4L ll rival with newer coatings and Canon level AF in a 3rd party lens.
 

padam

EOS 7D MK II
Aug 26, 2015
599
217
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Even heavier than the EF 35/1.4 L II

I don't mind if a 85/1.4 or 1.2 is big and heavy, but with a 35/1.4 that works well at close-range, it might matter more in some cases.
 

BillB

EOS 6D MK II
May 11, 2017
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Yeah, I’m curious why they’re choosing to compete for this segment. Like MrFotoFool said above, why not give it IS and release it at $1200-1400, where its only competitor (1.4 + weather sealing) is Canon, whose lens lacks stabilization?
Not too many f1.4 lenses with stabilization out there, especially from 3rd party manufacturers. At f1.4 a tripod might more sense anyway.
 

jd7

EOS 7D MK II
Feb 3, 2013
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Will be very interesting to see how good it is, but it's heavier than the 35L II and the 35 Art and it's not cheap (albeit it cheaper than the 35L II) so it better be very good indeed!
 
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CanonFanBoy

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Not too many f1.4 lenses with stabilization out there, especially from 3rd party manufacturers. At f1.4 a tripod might more sense anyway.
I have the Canon 35mm f/1.4L II. I'm a shaky guy (getting older), but have been very happy with the images without the IS that I get hand held even at f/1.4. Of course, IS would be great. I loved it (VC) when I had the Tamron 15-30. However it seems, at least in my case, that the shorter focal lengths don't need it so much. At longer focal lengths, like my 135 f/2L... I would really want IS in the next iteration if I ever replace it. I just can't get used to a tripod for what I do.
 

Del Paso

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Aug 9, 2018
560
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Seeing all these "panzer-lenses" getting heavier and heavier, I enjoy my excellent:love: tiny little Leica Summilux 1,4/35 Asph. more and more (320 grams). Discrete street-photography is almost impossible with these bricks, no matter how good they may be....
Yes, I know, no AF, no auto-diaphragm, but beautiful colors, highest contrast and extreme sharpness matter more to me!
But I also love:love: my EF 100/400 IS II !
 
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padam

EOS 7D MK II
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599
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Seeing all these "panzer-lenses" getting heavier and heavier, I enjoy my excellent:love: tiny little Leica Summilux 1,4/35 Asph. more and more (320 grams). Discrete street-photography is almost impossible with these bricks, no matter how good they may be...
Everything has its drawbacks, focusing quickly and accurately is quite difficult with the Lux and speed also matters in street photography.
To be fair, even the 35/2 Summicron-SL is quite big, especially for an f/2 lens for mirrorless, but not as big as these.

The Nikon Z and RF Canon 35/1.8 are not much bigger either, although they just don't have the same image quality, they are not interested in making "flagship" lenses with a slower aperture, f/1.4 (or better) will remain the distinguishing attribute.
 
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Even though I wish it had vibration compensation, I still may get this lens. My standard zoom and wide angle zoom are both f4 and it would be nice to have a larger aperture wide angle lens. Given Tamron's recent track record and their claims of this being their best lens yet, it could be the one.