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Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD, reviewed by culturejam

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Jun 20, 2018 22:15 |  #1

45mm might seem like an odd focal length, but Tamron claims it’s the closest angle of view you can get to how a human actually sees the world (on a full-frame sensor). And I agree that it does feel a little bit more “natural” than either 35mm or 50mm focal lengths. It’s not dramatically different, but it’s pretty good marketing on Tamron’s part.

Overall, this is a solid lens. It’s very well built (it’s comfortably heavy), has weather sealing, offers vibration compensation (image stabilization), and has a respectably fast f/1.8 maximum aperture. It just feels robust and has a great look. Image quality is very nice as you will see in the sample photos (available at​/tamron-sp-45mm-review/ (external link)).

Okay, so f/1.8 isn’t the widest aperture you can get in a “normal” perspective lens, but it’s definitely on the fast side of things. Sure, the Canon 50mm f/1.2 is super-fast, but it’s also more than 3x the cost of this Tamron, and it doesn’t have built-in image stabilization.

Including image stabilization in a normal-perspective lens was an industry first for Tamron with the SP 45mm. And it’s a robust system, offering 3.5 stops of stabilization performance (according to Tamron). In my tests, it works quite well and is very quiet.

The moderately fast f/1.8 aperture plus the effective image stabilization make the Tamron SP 45mm a perfect lens for hand-held shooting in low-light situations. It’s also ideal for street photography, in my opinion.

This isn’t a macro lens, but it can focus as close as 11.4″ (0.29m). It won’t replace a dedicated macro lens, but it can get the job done for certain macro needs. Compare this performance to the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM, which has a minimum focus distance of nearly 14″ (0.35m). Doesn’t sound like much, but it makes a big difference.

Because of the 9 aperture blades, bokeh is round and smooth at all f stops. Some would say that it lacks character because of this, but I find that unremarkable bokeh is less distracting (especially for portraits). Whether you find round/smooth bokeh to be a good thing or not, you can rest assured the Tamron SP 45mm does not produce harsh or ugly bokeh “balls” or highlights.

More details:​/tamron-sp-45mm-review/ (external link)

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Jul 29, 2018 08:45 |  #2

I got the Tamron 45 pretty much as soon as regular stock reached the UK; it quickly became my favorite lens and it still is. Rendering is the on the whole beautiful, AF is pretty good on the 3 bodies with which I've used it (Canon 5D2, 5D3, 5D4) and the VC implementation is very good. The short minimum focus is also nice to have. The only negatives from my point of view are the occasional appearance of the "onion"effect in OOF highlights and a bit more CA than I'd like, and they're only an issue in certain shots.

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Gear: EOS R + 6DII, assorted lenses, Yongnuo flash

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Aug 04, 2018 15:17 |  #3

I loved this lens and wanted to keep it b/c my copy was RAZOR SHARP but once it went indoors, the AF was too slow. I missed a few key shots that my Canon L lenses would never miss. Was hoping for a cheaper alternative to a 50mm 1.2.

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Aug 09, 2018 12:49 |  #4

I love this lens. It has quickly become one of my favorites. Love the sharpnes, VC, close focusing and most of all, the rendering.

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