To continue its highly-regarded products for Sony E-Mount camera systems, Tamron lens company has recently launched new non-zoom (Prime) products, including the 20 focal lengths, 24 and 35mm. What’s even more interesting is that these lenses are also capable of macro photography with a ratio of 1: 2 compared to real life, which helps us not only to capture wide-angle images but also to capture close-ups easily.
Today, we will beat the box and experience to verify the actual quality through 2 lenses Tamron 24mm and 35mm f / 2.8 Di III OSD M1: 2, can users throw away expensive Sony macro and wide-angle lenses to replace one of these lenses?
Box Smashing / Designing
The box of the duo is square and has a white tone similar to the new generation E-mount lenses from the same company.
The first thing we find in the box is the hood, the right is the 24mm lens and the left is the 35mm lens.
These are our products today.
The back cover of the lens from Tamron is very thick!
We can see this thickness when compared with genuine Sony lid.
Both have a front diameter of φ67mm, so it is possible to use the same front cover and filter types. The Tamron lens cap has a middle grip, so it can be easily removed even when the sunscreen is being installed.
Without the words printed on the body of the lens, it would be hard to know what are 35mm lenses and which ones are 24mm, because they are designed in exactly the same way! Both are introduced by the company is made of alloy, but holding it is quite light and I think the finishing is not as high as Sony lenses.
These are 2 lenses after being installed in the sunscreen. The shields for the 35mm cut-out rectangular product look pretty good, and there’s also a slot for attaching the lid at the top. The 24mm sunshade will work with 35mm, but otherwise it will create a dark outline, simply because the angle of the 35mm lens is narrower!
When you look at the front, you can see immediately that the lens system of both Tamron lenses is deeply indented.
The company designed such a lens to have a longer travel distance to serve the needs of macro photography. The large amount of moving lens will also cause concern about dust getting in, but additional filters can also be installed to prevent this from happening.
The duo has a fairly short design, but is larger than Sony’s Prime lenses (28mm and 55mm). The Zeiss 35mm f / 2.8 lens will be more compact in size, but will not be capable of macro photography like the Tamron 35mm!
The mount of the lens is finished in metal, look solid and feel attached to the camera quite tight.
Here we also find rubber gaskets to prevent dust, water from getting into the lens and camera. But these gaskets are quite thin, so I’m not sure if the lens is 100% waterproof!
The duo of lenses have a large focusing range, from infinity to 1: 2 macro photography, so it’s understandable that the focusing speed will not be as fast as other wide-angle lenses. With macro lenses that also have a large focusing range such as the Sony 90mm f / 2.8, we have a switch to limit the focus range to increase speed, but 2 Tamron lenses do not.
With previous zoom lenses, Tamron has continuously updated the software to improve focus, so it is expected that in the future, these two lenses will receive similar upgrades.
What we can’t complain about with the new generation Tamron lenses is optical quality. Both 24mm and 35mm lenses have excellent sharpness even when the aperture is wide open at f / 2.8, and the entire frame is framed to the edge at f / 4.
The Tamron 24mm f / 2.8 lens has a neutral image color, no yellowing like the Samyang 24mm f / 2.8 I’ve experienced before. This is a big advantage because Sony cameras themselves have measured a slightly yellowish white balance, so the lens for clean colors also makes post-production work simpler.
Try shooting in backlight to ‘illuminate’ the purple border, the blue border
In difficult lighting conditions, the Tamron 24mm and 35mm f / 2.8 both have a bit of blue trim (light green), but are at a very low level and can be repaired by software. In most cases, the final image is clean and borderless.
Tamron 24mm f / 2.8 has quite a strong distortion, so taking photos of products with straight lines will become more difficult.
What makes me unsatisfied with the 24mm f / 2.8 is that it creates image distortion. Anyone knows that wide-angle lenses have certain distortion, which is unavoidable, but Tamron 24mm f / 2.8 is more distorted than the other wide-angle lenses I tried like Sony 24mm f / 1.4 or Samyang 24mm f / 2.8.
Compare the angle of view of the 90mm f / 2.8 macro lens (right) and Tamron 24mm f / 2.8 in product shooting
This means that when taking close-up photos, things taken with 24mm Tamron will be distorted, the lines will also be bent a lot, so I will not use this lens in product photography, limiting the Macro photography with things like leaves, flowers and food. This point can be fixed somewhat when Lightroom updates the photo editing profile for the lens, but with the video, we will definitely ‘give up’.
Image taken from Tamron 24mm f / 2.8
The 35mm f / 2.8 lens has a much lower distortion, making it easier to take ‘straight’ shots. Photos in unlocking Vsmart Active 3 smartphone box was taken by me with this lens.
Vsmart Active 3 from Tamron 35mm f / 2.8 lens
With the 35mm lens, it is also easier to take ‘erase’ photos thanks to the long focal length. The bokeh quality of the lens is also not bad at all, without hard edges or ugly ‘sprinkles’ inside. The advantage of the color of Tamron lenses is also applied here, when the skin of the person photographed is not turned into yellow, we do not have to edit much to get a satisfactory result.
When using Tamron 35mm f / 2.8 in the genre of everyday photos, the element that still ‘pulls the user’ is the focusing speed. Sometimes there are beautiful moments, I raise the camera but I have to wait for the lens to catch focus to get the picture. As mentioned above, due to the ability to take close-up macros, Tamron 35mm also has to move the lens system more, which affects more or less the focus speed.
This problem can be mitigated in two ways: 1 is that after taking macro photos, you recapture focus at a normal distance so that the lens does not have to move too much, 2 is to switch to continuous focus mode AF-C, for some reason the pair of Tamron lenses gives focus speed much faster in this mode instead of focusing once AF-S. Also mentioned, Tamron may upgrade this part in the future with software updates.
Some images taken from Tamron 35mm f / 2.8
Great products when we adjust expectations
With the listed price of 9 million VND for each product, the duo Tamron 24mm and 35mm OSD M1: 2 (believe it or not) you are the ‘cheap’ options for Sony E-Mount camera systems, where genuine Sony 24mm, 35mm lenses are priced much higher. And as ‘cheap’ options, both have weaknesses that users have to accept such as the quality of the exterior finish is not really sturdy, the focusing speed is not as fast as Sony’s lens and large curvature (with 24mm lens).
Therefore, those who are intending to purchase these products will have to make the expected adjustment step, they will not be perfect in all aspects and cannot completely replace the wide-angle lens or macro. dedicated, that is not possible. But for those who accept ‘down money’ and accept weaknesses, there will certainly not be disappointed in one important thing: the optical quality of this pair of lenses!