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Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?

  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I am debating the Tamron 35-150mm for Sony, I used to shoot a lot of weddings but mainly do videography but still do photo for weddings sometimes. I am looking to lessen the amount of gear I have and currently use the 24-105 (most of the time), 70-200 f/4, 55 1.8, & 85 1.8. Do you think I can replace my primes and the 70-200 with just the 35-150? I would probably keep the 24-105 as I use 24 for dance and large formals. I am a little concerned about losing the 200mm reach but think I can manage that. Anybody using this lens and what lenses did you give up and not miss?

I shoot with an A7III and just got an A9 if that makes any difference.



Jan 24, 2023 at 07:37 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


A couple reasons why I shoot mainly primes is their speed and their weight. You need to decide if those factors come into play for you. The 35-150 is slower and much heavier on your camera than a prime.


Jan 24, 2023 at 07:57 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I had the 35-150 its great.

Ultimately I sold it was just too big as a general walk around.

Yesit def could replace many of those primes if you dont mind the weight.



Jan 24, 2023 at 08:01 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


Sounds like your replacement idea could work well. I haven't tried the 35-150 as I'm still happy with the 70-180.


Jan 24, 2023 at 08:07 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


Thanks, thinking at least some of my lenses as I don't use my primes much unless it's really low light.


Jan 24, 2023 at 09:35 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


been thinking of getting rid of the SY 35 f1.4 and 85 f1.4 since owning the tamron.... I still use the 35 a lot but I really dont need to, and the tamron for portraits, I'm perfectly happy with. It is big for sure, but so is having both 35/85.......

size wize, it's in the same league as the 70-180, just fatter with a lot of switches and buttons.



Jan 24, 2023 at 09:46 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I don't worry about the bulk. The results are there and there is nothing quite like it. LOVE the sharpness, bokeh and focus speeds. Perfect for a wedding to be sure.


Jan 24, 2023 at 10:03 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


Check all the photos you've taken with the 70-200 and find out how many are over 150mm (easy to do in LR). That'll give you can idea about how important that 150mm-200mm range is for your particular photographic methods.

As much as I was tempted by the 35-150 to replace a 24-70 and 70-200, ultimately I knew I'd really miss the >150mm range (less so the <35mm range, but still a bit). It's also only f/2 below 40mm (f/2.2 from 40-60mm), so primes are always going to be faster if light is going to be an issue. Above 80mm it's f/2.8, so no faster than a 70-200/2.8.



Jan 24, 2023 at 10:04 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I find the APS-C mode taking it out to 225mm equivalent at f2.8 to be just fine for me.


Jan 25, 2023 at 02:22 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


The Tamron 35-150 is a fantastic lens.
I'm usually very critical, but this lens totally convinces me.
My copy is super sharp over the entire focal length range, from open aperture. Given this performance, the Tamron is ridiculously light and small.


Sharpness:
At 35mm it is as sharp stopped down as my Voigtlander 35mm APO (except the extreme corners on full frame).
At 50mm it is sharper when stopped down than all Voigtlander 50mm APO copies I have tested so far (except the extreme corners on full frame).
At 135mm it is almost as sharp as the 135mm GM.
In fact, I now prefer the Tamron to all other lenses in terms of sharpness.
Even within the tele range, the Tamron produces consistently sharp images when shooting landscapes, something very few lenses can reliably do. All the 70-180mm copies I tested could not do that.

Sunstars:
At f/11 I get beautiful sunstars.
I also find the backlight behaviour to be above average.

Bokeh:
I find it very good for a zoom and in many situations I like it (subjectively) even better than, for example, my Voigtlander 35mm APO.

Colours and image impression:
I find the Tamron can create very three-dimensional images. The pictures look like they were made with a high-quality primes.
The Tamron draws the most beautiful colours I have ever seen from a zoom. In this respect, however, it can't keep up with my expensive primes.

The only drawback is that my copy has quite a strong field curvature at 35mm, this is most noticeable on my A7RV, less so on the A7RIII.
In fact, the 35-150mm is the first Tamron lens in my life as a photographer (in the last 15 years) that I really like, even after several months of use.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


Yeah, the Tamron can in most cases replace some primes, if you can handle its size & weight. Of course, the best primes still retain some advantages, like bokeh ballls smoothness, but in general the Tamron produces a very nice picture. Sharp, but retaining smoothness where needed.

If we're picky, vignetting cuts into cats eyes rather significantly on the extremes of its range and the lens is prone to ghosting with sun in the frame (similar behavior to teles like 100-400).



Jan 25, 2023 at 07:01 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I shoot the 35-150mm and cannot say enough good things about it. Having said that, it does not replace my fast primes. For portrait and some street work, I much prefer shooting my 35mm f1.2/1.4, 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.4 and 135mm f1.8, so I do not use the 35-150mm as much as I thought I would. If the light is low, I get better results with my GM 70-200mm f2.8 II since IBIS does not work particularly well at 150/200mm (IBIS does not incorporate YAW Axis correction, needed for long lenses), plus, the GM lens has more contrast in marginal lighting situations.

I use the 35-150 for travel and street work, but the lens starts feeling annoyingly heavy after carrying it for a couple days. Of course, that is a personal (not technical) thing.

Where the 35-150mm really shines is for event work, where it is fantastic, IMHO. Having f2 at 35mm and f2.2 at 50mm really sets this lens apart from other zooms.





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Jan 25, 2023 at 07:52 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I bought Tamron 35-150 to replace my Sony 24-105 and Batis 85. I have now owned this lens for 7 months and I absolutely love it. It has also helped me control my GAS from purchasing a 135mm lens a few times. I have not sold my two primes in this range yet (35 GM and CV 50 Nokton), but they see very little use now and I might sell both this coming summer.

It is a big lens, no question about it, but my last favorite lens on Sony was Sigma 35mm f/1.2 and I used it a lot more than I use my 35 GM, which is significantly lighter and smaller. I regret selling the Sigma 35/1.2, so I am not going to make the same mistake with this lens. The IQ, rendering, AF on this lens is as good as GM primes. I do find 35mm somewhat limited at times and wish it was a little wider, but overall I give this lens a thumbs up.



Jan 25, 2023 at 08:03 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


Will it replace your primes and zoom?

Acuity: Yes
Weight: Yes
Versatility: Yes
AF speed: Yes
Fully weather-sealed: Yes
Fluorine coating: Yes
Better Warranty: Yes

Speed: No
Compactness: No
Reach: No

If you will miss the 200mm you can counter it by cropping. I'd sell all those lenses along with the A7III and use the money to upgrade to the A7IV. If you need a 24mm pick a prime to pair with it. The Samyang 24mm F/1.8 gives the Sony 24 GM a run for its money when it comes to optical acuity and value for the dollar.



Jan 25, 2023 at 10:21 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


"The only drawback is that my copy has quite a strong field curvature at 35mm, this is most noticeable on my A7RV, less so on the A7RIII."

Try it on at least two different A7RV bodies. It might be that your A7RV has a misaligned sensor.
HelBen85 wrote:
The Tamron 35-150 is a fantastic lens.
I'm usually very critical, but this lens totally convinces me.
My copy is super sharp over the entire focal length range, from open aperture. Given this performance, the Tamron is ridiculously light and small.

Sharpness:
At 35mm it is as sharp stopped down as my Voigtlander 35mm APO (except the extreme corners on full frame).
At 50mm it is sharper when stopped down than all Voigtlander 50mm APO copies I have tested so far (except the extreme corners on full frame).
At 135mm it is almost as sharp as the 135mm GM.
In fact, I now prefer the Tamron
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Jan 25, 2023 at 10:30 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


dcisive wrote:
I find the APS-C mode taking it out to 225mm equivalent at f2.8 to be just fine for me.


Yes, and I find APS-C mode taking the 70-200 out to 300mm at f/2.8 very useful, too. It works both ways Plus I can add a TC to the 70-200 for even more reach.

There are clearly a lot of fans of the 35-150, and I get it I was sorely tempted, and can easily see its huge advantages to replace two lenses if thats your favored range. Selling my 24-70 and 70-200 to buy it would also have netted me a huge profit! Equally during my GAS-fueled research I read plenty of comments from people who stuck with the 24-70 and 70-200 combo, so its very much dependent on specific needs. Its not a magic lens, just another fast zoom to fit a niche.

TBH if Tamron had made a 28-150 at constant f/2.8 Id probably buy one as a general purpose travel lens to replace my 24-105/4. The 35-150 is just a bit too much of a Goldilocks lens for me not quite wide enough, not quite long enough.



Jan 25, 2023 at 11:34 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


Yeah, the Tamron is only as magical as 35-150/2-2.8 is. That range & aperture combo struck me right away, but it's personal.
What Tamron did right is that it also delivers high IQ...



Jan 25, 2023 at 12:24 PM
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wordfool wrote:
Yes, and I find APS-C mode taking the 70-200 out to 300mm at f/2.8 very useful, too. It works both ways Plus I can add a TC to the 70-200 for even more reach.

There are clearly a lot of fans of the 35-150, and I get it I was sorely tempted, and can easily see its huge advantages to replace two lenses if thats your favored range. Selling my 24-70 and 70-200 to buy it would also have netted me a huge profit! Equally during my GAS-fueled research I read plenty of comments from people who stuck with the
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And not quite light enough. Id never drag that lens around on my camera for days on end.



Jan 25, 2023 at 12:36 PM
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princeharbinger wrote:
Will it replace your primes and zoom?

Acuity: Yes
Weight: Yes
Versatility: Yes
AF speed: Yes
Fully weather-sealed: Yes
Fluorine coating: Yes
Better Warranty: Yes

Speed: No
Compactness: No
Reach: No

If you will miss the 200mm you can counter it by cropping. I'd sell all those lenses along with the A7III and use the money to upgrade to the A7IV. If you need a 24mm pick a prime to pair with it. The Samyang 24mm F/1.8 gives the Sony 24 GM a run for its money when it comes to optical acuity and value for the dollar.


Weighta definite no. Huge difference between the weight hanging off your camera and the weight in your pack.



Jan 25, 2023 at 12:38 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


150 vs 200mm doesn't sound like a big deal. You'd need any wide angles, though. 35mm is a great FL but it's more normal like 50mm. Not wide


Jan 25, 2023 at 01:18 PM
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