July 7, 2017
Tamron Lenses 101: A Cheaper Alternative Without the Sacrifice
Tamron lenses are a great alternative to expensive glass. Here’s why.
We previously highlighted the cine and photography Sigma lens lines, which got us thinking about other budget-friendly glass. Tamron immediately came to mind as its SP series aim to compete optically with Canon L and Nikon NIKKOR ED lenses with significant savings.
Tamron’s lens story dates back to the 1950s, when the company developed a 135mm f/4.5 for the 35mm single-lens reflex cameras. Then, in 1961, Tamron introduced a 95-205mm f/6.3, an affordable telephoto zoom lens, to make a splash in the market next to Zeiss, Cooke, Canon, and others. (The first zoom lens was patented in 1902 by Clile C. Allen; the first non-telescopic complex zoom lens for cinematography was the Bell & Howell Cooke Varo 40-120mm.)
Recently, Tamron announced two new lenses: the SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 and the 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD. Below, we break down the current offerings and tell you what all the “Di,” “VC,” and “USD” is all about.