There have been some excellent lens releases this year, but Tamron's newest offering might be challenging for the top spot. With an unbelievable focal range and widest aperture, how does it hold up on different shoots?
When I first started photography I quickly learned two important lessons: lenses that go from wide-angle to telephoto typically offer poor image quality and variable aperture lenses do too. Both of those lessons are no longer uniformly applicable. We now have lenses with a tremendous range that offer great image quality through the entire scope it offers, as well as lenses with a variable aperture that delivers at every stage of that variation. The new Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD for Sony E mounts manages to work as a counterexample for both of my early important lessons.
What grabs me about this lens, in particular, is that at every focal length, from wide to telephoto, the widest aperture makes the lens appealing. A 35mm f/2 lens is a staple in many genres, from portraiture to street photography, and a 150mm f/2.8 will offer great subject and background separation. I have always opted for multiple lenses, each specialized to one or two tasks, as opposed to trying to grab a lens that can do it all, but Tamron may have bucked my trend.
While I haven't had this new lens in my hands yet, and trying it could change my view entirely, from this video I must say it looks as if it could replace several lenses in my kit, which my spine would love. What do you make of it?