Well, every now and then a very special event comes along. Yesterday I was honored to be part of a group of journalists to be the first ones to test drive Tamron's two new SP Lenses.
"Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new series of SP lenses that are optimized to make the most of the superior imaging performance delivered by the latest advancements in digital photography. Sporting a totally revamped external appearance, the new lenses provide the ultimate in functionality and operation. The first two lenses in the series are compatible with full-frame DSLR cameras and offer fast apertures and versatile, fixed focal lengths. The pair consists of the SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) and SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013), and both can be used with APS-C format cameras as well."
As part of yesterday's presentation "Hank" Nagashima, Corporate Vice President, summed up the excitement with one sentence,
“The doors to a new era of digital imaging are opening."
There's no question Tamron's two new lenses put them at the forefront of this new era. These two new lenses are outstanding and essentially incorporate just about everything photographers would have on their wish list of features/benefits. Of special significance are fast prime lenses at F/1.8; VC (Vibration Compensation) functionality in both lenses allowing for more freedom with handheld images and MOD (Minimum Object Distance) allowing you to shoot at extremely close ranges.
The SP 35mm and 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD lenses will be on sale September 29 in Canon and Nikon mounts (the Sony mount to be launched at a later date). The approximate price of each will be $599. Click either lens below to find a Tamron dealer near you.