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Tamron SP 45 mm f/ 1.8 Di VC USD Lens

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Tamron SP 45 mm f/ 1.8 Di VC USD lens

Tamron SP 45 mm f/ 1.8 Di VC USD lens

Tamron SP 45 mm f/ 1.8 Di VC USD lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S, Sony A / Minolta A, Nikon F (FX, DX)

First year of production: 2015

Optical design: 10 elements in 8 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor, Optical stabilisation
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Average price: $800


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The TAMRON SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD is a normal prime lens for 35mm SLR cameras.

Summary of a test from a German photo magazin in 2015


- Resolution: For these very high light intensity, the lens has normal limitations at full aperture, but good values at f / 1.8, dimmed by three notches very good to excellent. In APS/C from f4.5 very good.

-Vignetting: remarkably well corrected. At f1.8 and Full Format relatively well and naturally, also visible in APS; dimmed very good.

- Distortion: in full format a bit, but barely visible at APS/C.


- excellent metal/plastic material

- metal bayonet with rubber lip.

- Big focusing ring, excellent to use. Close focusing excellent.

- Fixed filter mount.

- Straylight protection very good.

- Image Stabilizer.

By using the TAMRON TAP-in Console the firmware of the lens can be updated, it is possible to adjust the position of the auto focus and the mechanical structure can be configured according to personal preferences.

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Posted by: Andreas Lindemann   Date of publication: 10.04.2016

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Owner reviews: Tamron SP 45 mm f/ 1.8 Di VC USD

tightcamera 15.05.2018 05:31:42
Period of use: 1 month


Overall very good build qualIty, excellent fit and finish, and quite nice image quality. Image stabilization in a "normal" focal length lens is virtually unheard of, and it works quite well. Bokeh is round and quite smooth. Sharpness wide open is respectable and improves up through about f/4. Vignetting is prominent but easily corrected in post processing (or not, because it actually looks cool). Contrast and color rendition are what I could call "standard". 


Chromatic aberration is the weakest point on this lens. It is easily controlled in Photoshop or Lightroom, however, and doesn't pose a major issue.


45mm might seem like an odd focal length, but Tamron claims it’s the closest angle of view you can get to how a human actually sees the world (on a full-frame sensor). And I agree that it does feel a little bit more “natural” than either 35mm or 50mm focal lengths. It’s not dramatically different, but it’s pretty good marketing on Tamron’s part.

Overall, this is a solid lens. It’s very well built (it’s comfortably heavy), has weather sealing, offers vibration compensation (image stabilization), and has a respectably fast f/1.8 maximum aperture. It just feels robust and has a great look. Image quality is very nice as you will see in the sample photos.

I have a full review with image samples posted here: