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The new Tamron SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD lens is a fast prime that the company has been dropping hints about since last February. Released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Tamron’s SP series lenses, Tamron is calling this new lens the ‘ultimate’ in their lineup: producing beautiful bokeh, eliminating the effects of chromatic aberrations and serving up high resolution images even when shooting wide open at F/1.4.

The lens will be available in both Canon and Nikon mounts. The Nikon version will be available at the end of June. The Canon version will be available at the end of July. Tamron

Tamron did a really nice job with its 35mm F/1.8 that debuted a few years ago, so we suspect this faster version will also be impressive.

A sample frame using the new lens. This portrait was shot wide open at F/1.4, ISO 100, and an exposure of 1/800. Seigi Takakuwa

Here is what else we know about it:

  • 14 elements in 10 groups, including 4 low dispersion and 3 aspherical elements
  • 9 circular aperture blades
  • BBAR-G2 coating to minimize ghosting and flare and increases contrast
  • Ultra Silent Drive AF system and a new Dynamic Rolling-cam mechanism
  • Manual Focus override system to make fine adjustments when shooting
  • Fluorine coating in the front element to avoid fingerprint smudges and scratches for dirt and dust
  • Moisture resistant construction
  • Locking lens hood
  • Available in Canon and Nikon mounts
  • Weighs 28.7 oz (for Canon), 28.4 oz (for Nikon)
  • 4.1in long (Canon), 4in long (Nikon)
When using the lens at its maximum aperture the foreground subject is still very crisp. Seigi Takakuwa

The new lens will be available for Nikon shooters at the end of June, Canon shooters will be able to purchase the lens a month later in July. Both mounts will cost $899.

Things get a little sharper when the lens isn’t all the way open. This portrait was shot at F/2, ISO 100, with an exposure of 1/2000 Seigi Takakuwa

A fast 35 prime is a welcome addition to any photographer’s collection—it offers a slightly wider view from the beloved nifty-fifty which is nice for photojournalism, landscape photography, weddings, and street photography. The Sigma 35mm F/1.4 Art lens has been a really popular lens in this space for a number of years now and we’re expecting this new Tamron prime will also do well.