Having reviewed all of Tamron’s current lenses, we thought we’d compile a ‘top Tamron lenses’ list to help you make an informed decision when making your next lens purchase. There is a wide variety of lenses featured in this list, including primes and zooms for varying focal lengths, so there should be something for everyone.
1. Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (A025)
The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is on the same level playing field as lenses costing up to twice as much, punching far above its weight. It may not have the same silky smoothness in operation as its more expensive competition, but it delivers the goods, making no compromise on image quality.
Add to that the amazing VC system and moisture and dust resistance and Tamron has a definite winner on their hands.
2. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F017)
The Tamron 90mm Macro builds on the reputation of its predecessors, taking performance to a whole new level. From the crisp view through the viewfinder to the satisfaction of the quality of images opened on the monitor screen, this lens is a pleasure to use. There does remain the possibility of picking up the previous model at a much lower price but that is always a dilemma when lenses are updated.
Overall, the new Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD is an outstanding updated macro lens ideal for all short telephoto applications.
3. Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
There is little not to like about this Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens and Nikon, Canon and Sony users will be able to use it to their advantage. Performance is impeccable, the lens handles superbly and the price is well within reason.
Unless the photographer has a definite need for a f/1.4 then the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD delivers superb quality at a more reasonable price level. What a lovely lens this is.
4. Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC USD
The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD offers very good optical performance for a reasonable price. The added bonus of Vibration Compensation will appeal to many, especially if your photography tends to require shooting at slower shutter speeds in low light, rather than faster shutter speeds to freeze action. Despite the chunky size, the lens isn’t overly heavy and the moisture resistant construction should provide some peace of mind when shooting outdoors in changeable conditions.
Those looking for a 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom may wish to check out this lens as a suitable alternative to manufacturer’s own offerings, especially if the Vibration Compensation is a feature that will help with your particular field of photography.
5. Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 DiII Macro 1:1
Macro lenses have a real appeal and are extremely versatile optics, usable for a very wide range of subjects and the f/2 maximum aperture makes this Tamron SP AF 60mm lens even more desirable and the performance lives up to the expectation.
6. Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD
The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens is an excellent lens that can be highly recommended. It is designed with the centre of the field very much in mind, so depending on use, it should be possible to enjoy the outstanding sharpness when the main subject is fairly centrally placed. However, it is still possible to have excellent edge sharpness if the aperture used is chosen with that in mind.
Overall, it’s a very useful general purpose wide angle zoom capable of very satisfactory results.
7. Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
With the SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD, Tamron has created an excellent lens which is certainly more than capable of delivering excellent results in a wide range of conditions. It sports premium features such as weather sealing, exotic optical coatings and Vibration Compensation in a reasonably lightweight body. Travellers, in particular, will appreciate the relative light weight for its size, Vibration Compensation, weather sealing and robust build.
8. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
The Tamron SP 35mm Di VC USD lens offers premium features, such as weather sealing, silent autofocus and Vibration Compensation, which will make it an interesting alternative to other similar lenses. It is certainly capable of delivering excellent quality images, with high sharpness in the centre of the frame.
9. Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
This 15-30mm lens from Tamron offers excellent optical performance for a reasonable price. Vibration Compensation is an added bonus, especially if your photography tends to require shooting at slow shutter speeds handheld.
The lens sports robust build quality and weather sealing, allowing it to be used in a wide range of conditions but those wanting to use it on a compact SLR body may wish to get their hands on the lens before stumping up the cash for one.
As far as ultra-wide lenses go, this lens is up there with the better examples, thanks to the high levels of sharpness it delivers, low CA and excellent build and handling.
10. Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
With the SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Tamron has created something that offers plenty of reach, especially at the telephoto end. The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di lens delivers very good sharpness in the centre with good value and build quality. CA is extremely low, so is distortion and the lens is very resistant to flare.
11. Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
This telephoto zoom from Tamron certainly delivers. Sharpness is excellent from maximum aperture through much of the zoom range, plus chromatic aberrations and distortion are kept well in check. It also features an effective VC system, excellent build quality and moisture resistant construction.
12. Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD
The Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD is, indeed, a very appealing optic. It is capable of producing images with very good resolution across the image area at all focal lengths and optical aberrations such as colour fringing and distortions are kept well within acceptable thresholds.
Overall, this lens is a very good performer, represents good value for money and doesn’t compromise on quality.