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The perfect lens? A look at the Tamron 35-150mm f2-2.8 Di III VXD lens (Model A058)

Images & article by David Akoubian

© David Akoubian
150mm, f/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 400
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I have used a lot of Tamron lenses over the years, and I keep being more impressed with each and every lens they release, but this one is special. I do a lot of traveling and I shoot in some great locations. When I’m shooting, I want the best quality image I can create. I also have “boxes” that I must check off for my gear to be perfect. I shoot in sometimes horrible conditions, cold, wet, hot, steamy, and I need a lens that is sealed and handles those conditions.

© David Akoubian
35mm, f/8, 1/5 sec., ISO 100
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In the past 3 months I have traveled to the sub-zero temps in Wyoming, to the steamy Georgia Coast, and lastly to cold, rainy, snowy Iceland. The lens performed flawlessly in each and every challenge I introduced it to thanks to great weather sealing.

© David Akoubian
35mm, f/8, 1/100 sec., ISO 100
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I do most of my shooting in Blue Hour or Golden light, often facing the sunrise or sunset, and I really don’t want flare in the images. The new BBAR G2 coating of the lens pretty much eliminated any flare I would normally have expected to see. Add to that the Flourine Coating and when I did get water spray on the front of the lens it easily came off with a simple lens cloth.

© David Akoubian
116mm, f/8, 1/320 sec., ISO 400
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As for versatility, well wide angle to medium telephoto is a great range. I am easily able to shoot landscapes, northern lights, horse portraits, and even an impromptu wedding session in front of a waterfall in Iceland at a wide aperture of f2 handheld! Having this versatility enables me to keep this lens on without the need to change lenses risking water or sand to get to the sensor. A bonus is the customizable buttons on the lens for night shooting and video.

© David Akoubian
36mm, f/2.0, 1/30 sec., ISO 100
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© David Akoubian
85mm, f/4.0, 1/125 sec., ISO 400
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© David Akoubian
35mm, f/2.0, 4.0 sec., ISO 1000
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The size and weight of the lens make it comfortable to handhold and handle when moving quickly as well. With all my boxes checked, it is easy to see why this could be the perfect lens!



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