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Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD Nikon mount: Shooting for the top

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday December 09 2015

Lens Review
Introduction | Measurements: High score, high sharpness | Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) Nikon versus Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Nikon versus Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED: Serious contender | Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) Nikon versus Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon versus Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM | Conclusion
Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD Nikon mount: Shooting for the top

Tamron has added a new moderate wide-angle Nikon F-mount SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens to its range. It features a sophisticated optical layout with VC image stabilization, two ED glass elements and two aspheres. Read on to find out how well this new model performs.

Specifications and Features

An update to a classic wide-angle prime, the Nikon F-mount SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD from Tamron pairs a versatile focal length with a sophisticated optical layout incorporating the company’s VC image stabilization technology for enhanced image quality.

Lens construction consists often elements in nine groups (including two aspherical lenses to reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations for increased sharpness and clarity), one LD (Low Dispersion) element and one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element. The company says the LD and the higher-grade XLD glass elements optimally compensate for chromatic aberrations (which tend to become particularly prominent in fast-aperture lenses in general), and deliver crystal clear images without any residual color fringing.

Tamron’s eBAND and BBAR coatings on this model suppress flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color fidelity, while AF is provided by a sonic-type motor.

The new Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) Nikon mount focuses to 7.87” (20 cm) and measures 3.17 x 3.10" (80.4 x 78.7 mm). It weighs 15.9 oz (450.77 g) and is available now for $599.00 (USD).

Measurements:  High score, high sharpness

Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) Nikon versus Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Nikon versus Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED: Serious contender

Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) Nikon versus Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon versus Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Conclusion