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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)

Tamron SP 45mm f1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013)

45mm lens

Nine-blade aperture

Well thought-out switches

Relatively big and heavy

A little barrel...

45mm f2.2

45mm bokeh

35mm f3.5

35mm f1.8

35mm f1.8

35mm f11

35mm f5.6

35mm f2.2

45mm f4

45mm f7.1

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The two lenses look identical except for the fact that the 45mm is a bit longer. The gold ring is the SP series' new signature look.

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Both lenses have a nine-blade aperture, though it doesn't look like the blades themselves are rounded.

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Both lenses support image stabilization -- not enough wide-ish-angle lenses do for systems from Canon and Nikon that don't have in-body stabilization. As with Sigma's recent designs, the switches are very big and easy to feel without looking.

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The lenses weigh at least a pound, but the 35mm at least is about the same size as Sigma's equivalent.

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...distortion, that is, with the 35mm lens. That's not atypical, though.

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Note that the sample photos are ones that I quickly shot in our offices. I couldn't take the lenses outside until they were announced. Check back for a wider range of samples post-launch. They were all shot with the Nikon D810.

You can see a little fringing on the high-contrast edges.

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You can see some rings on the edges of the out-of-focus highlights, but overall they're round and pleasing.

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The lens is quite sharp.

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The 35mm lens also produces nice out-of-focus highlights.

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Here you can see the quality of the focus transitions.

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I have no complaints about the lens' sharpness at middle apertures.

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Both lenses can focus quite close.

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