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Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD, reviewed by oingyboingybob

 
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Jul 30, 2018 12:10 |  #1

Nice lens. Not too big and not heavy with a very good build quality.
Possibly not quite as crisp IQ-wise as the Sigma 85 Art however the difference IMO is negligible.
I have yet to find any CA at all.
Price is attractive in comparison if you shop around and the VC is a bonus as well as AF that initially appeared consistent however as I looked further into the AFMA using Reikan Focal it quickly became apparent that this lens has a focus shift issue. This has been mentioned in other non-POTN reviews and it is by no means a subtle issue as the variation in AFMA values throughout the aperture range is significant.

In a nutshell my copy of this lens front focusses wide open and back focusses stopped down and I don't think it's a fault, more a characteristic.

The range of values from f1.8 to f6.3 is +15 to -7 respectively in my copy of this lens. I didn't stop down any further as by the time I had finished the range that I did I was losing the will to live - it's time consuming.
However all is not lost - well I would say that would I not, seeing as how I have purchased one of these - as the actual images produced are very good. I have set my AFMA value at +6 but where focus is absolutely stonkingly critical then I'll use live view on my 1DX. I'm not a pro but I expect occasionally I will use live view for when I think I need to.
At approximately 1/3 of the cost of the new Canon 85mm f1.4 it's good value as long as you can live with the focus shift. I have not decided whether I shall keep mine or return it as I haven't had it long enough.
I've posted a couple of examples, neither is very exciting, more later if I do in fact keep it.

Follow up: After extensive real-world tests, ie I took a fair few photos, around 220, and spent quite a time checking out the results I have decided to return the lens as I found I was faffing too much changing settings on the move. I have still given an overall rating of 8 mainly because the results were good when everything was set right but I can't in all honesty recommend it as confidence is low as they say.


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Canon: EOS 1DX, 70-300 f4-5.6 mkii, 24-105L
Sigma: 150-600C, 105 f2.8 EX DG OS, 50 f1.4A.

  
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Nov 11, 2018 01:00 |  #2

After hearing Dustin Abbots review, I added this lens alongside my Canon EF 85mm 1.2 ii ... not to replace, but in addition. He was right when he said the rendering reminded him of the Zeizz Otus. On my 5DS, it focuses very good too, somewhat better than your rating above. It is not very compatible with my M5 at the moment to focus in the right spot. I tried it with the EOS R and it works good with that body too.

One reason I didn't consider the Sigma Art 85 when choosing the Tamron, was that Sigma scores a hefty ZERO for IS / VC. This Tamron on the other hand is very good in that regard, making it a better buy for the money This Tamron is similar to Canon's new 85mm 1.4 in this regard, both adding that premium option.


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