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Top 17 Best Tamron Lenses 2020

Take a look this top list which features, what ePHOTOzine believes to be, the best Tamron lenses currently available.

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If you're looking for the best Tamron lenses you can buy right now, you've come to the right place. 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.

 

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1. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD (F045) - 

SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD
 

The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 is an outstanding lens, offering excellent performance and handling alike. It was created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the premium SP range of lenses, and Tamron aimed to create the best lens possible. It offers excellent sharpness throughout, superb flare resistance, and a moisture-resistant construction. It's not a cheap lens, but it is the best of the best. 

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2. Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 - 

Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2

 

Many photographers prefer a standard lens that is wider than the traditional 50mm, and 35mm is often the favoured choice. It is wide enough to give a slightly increased field of view and yet still has good geometry and high standards of sharpness. The Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 fulfils all of the needs of a high-class 35mm lens at a very attractive price level. What's not to like?

With ease, the new lens fulfils all the criteria that earn it an Editor's Choice award, making the set of 20mm, 24mm and 35mm a superb quality option, all equally worthy of that accolade.

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3. Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 - 

Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2

24mm is a classic focal length for full-frame cameras, and with good reason. Although it is no longer regarded as being such an ultra-wide as it was, it retains its position as the widest lens that is clearly usable for general-purpose shooting as well as dramatic wide-angle effects. So whether we are discussing street photography, landscape, architecture, even sometimes portraiture, the 24mm is incredibly useful and versatile.

Tamron is offering us here a brilliant performer at a very reasonable price. It is also light and compact and ideal for unobtrusive street shooting. So, two out of three lenses looked at and another well deserved Editor's Choice for the Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 lens.

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4. Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 - 

Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens

 

A compact, moisture-resistant lens with a macro magnification of 1:2, all for £399, is by any yardstick an excellent value for money option. The quality of the results clinches it and spreads the concept of the “plastic fantastic” right into the realms of the ultra-wide. In many ways, this lens and its siblings buck the trend for bigger, faster, more expensive optics, and in the context of ostensibly compact mirrorless cameras maybe this is a good thing. For travel, landscape, architecture, interiors and a whole host of other imagery, the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 is a very sound, high-quality option and easily achieves the accolade of Editor's Choice.

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5. Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (A047) - 

35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD

This latest Tamron 35-150mm zoom lens offers an alternative full-frame zoom lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Covering a useful shooting range going from moderate wide-angle to telephoto, it can be used for street photography, portraiture and landscapes, or even the odd sports photo. The lens handles beautifully and delivers great quality. It features excellent sharpness throughout the range, is well-made, and has moisture resistance. 

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6. Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD (A046) - 

17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD
The 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lens is for full-frame Sony FE mount cameras. It's a relatively compact lens for the focal length it covers and is a joy to use. It has the quality to rival Sony's own lenses and boasts excellent sharpness throughout the range, well-controlled CA and well-controlled vignetting. It's compact, light and weather-resistant, as well as offering fast and accurate AutoFocus. What's not to like?

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7. Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (A025) 

Tamron 70 200mm G2 Front Oblique View

 

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.

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8. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F017) 

Tamron SP 90mm F2 8 MACRO 1 1 Di VC USD (3)
 

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.

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9. Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD 

Tamron SP 85mm F1 8 Di VC USD (2)
 

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.

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10. Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD 

Tamron 70 210mm F4 (9) (Custom)

The 70-210mm f/4 is an unusual lens, offering a constant f/4 aperture and moisture resistance in a more compact optic than a traditional 70-200mm f/2.8. It's a great option for travel photography, thanks to its light and compact form. It features excellent sharpness, well-controlled distortion, and a 5-stop vibration compensation system, for an excellent price. It's also ergonomically built and is manufactured to a high quality.

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11. Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD 

Tamron 17 35mm F2,8 4 Di Osd Front Oblique View
The Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD is a great option for those wanting a travel lens offering a wider angle for landscapes as well as a more flattering 35mm zoom for portraits. It's a full-frame zoom lens that's chunky but also lightweight, weighing in at 460g. It offers moisture resistance, and fast autofocus, further cementing it as an ideal lens for those that don't want to be hampered by loads of kit. 

It has excellent sharpness, low CA and low flare levels, making it a great performer too.

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12. Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 

Tamron 24 70mm G2 Front Oblique View

The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 offers excellent and well-balanced sharpness for a reasonable price. The lens offers low flare, low central CA and close focusing. 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.

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13. Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD 

Tamron 10 24mm DiII Vc Hld Front Oblique View
 

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.

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14. Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD 

Tamron SP 45 F1 8 VC USD (1)
 

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 lightweight for its size, Vibration Compensation, weather sealing and robust build. 

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15. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD 

Tamron SP 35mm F1 8 VS USD (11)
 

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.

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16. Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 

Tamron 150 600mm Front Oblique View

With the SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2, Tamron has improved on their original offering that gives plenty of reach, especially at the telephoto end. The Tamron SP 150-600mm delivers excellent sharpness in the centre with good value and build quality, as well as fast AF. CA is extremely low, so is distortion and the lens is very resistant to flare. 

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17. Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD 

Tamron Di Sp 70 300mm
 

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.

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altitude50 15 16.9k United Kingdom
9 Jan 2020 2:02PM
The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di 111 RXD is also very good. (I have one.)

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