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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


As an event lens there is really nothing to match it. Having f2 at 35mm is a real plus and the range really covers everything. Yes it's big and heavy but wow what a performer in one package. handles beautifully with great IQ and lovely bokeh for a zoom. I wouldn't be without it and it lives on my A1 for event/documentary work with the 16-35GM on my A7r3


Jan 25, 2023 at 12:38 PM
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Before committing to the Tamron lens I analyzed a ton of pics I'd taken over the last few years. I was actually surprised at how many were at the 40-60mm range. At the longer end around 150-200mm. So when I was deciding on a primary lens for use with the A7R5 I got, the 200-600 was a no brainer for the far away stuff. But the Sony 24-70 f2.8 GM II simply wasn't going to be long enough without an additional lens. I decided the Tamron, with it's great reviews was a lens I simply had to try. I fell in love using it the first night I had it in my hands on the A7RV. Instant to focus, sharp all across it's range, great bokeh and wonderful color rendition. Just like a couple of wedding photographers on Youtube stated using it it indeed provided a "One lens does all" solution for them. And after using it now for a bit I feel much the same. No desire for another lens in it's coverage area. Even a touch on the botton activating the APS-C mode allowing me that 225mm view covers the gap nicely.


Jan 25, 2023 at 01:18 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I really wanted to have the 35-150 as an upgrade to the 28-200 but it was more than I want to lug around for a casual shooting.

If I did a bunch of events or weddings it would probably be a must have.



Jan 25, 2023 at 02:48 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


pcrit wrote:
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.
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I bought my copy of the 35-150 in Nov 2021. The lens exceeded my expectations - I use it all the time. Considering that my other favorite lens is Sony 200-600, neither the size nor the weight of the Tamron bother me. I still own the excellent 24-105 f/4 but have not used it after acquiring the Tamron.
Optically, the Tamron should not disappoint. On a 50MP camera, it is strong at f/2-2.8, near prefect at f/4, and is perfect at f/5.6, then the diffraction kicks in at f/8. On a 24MP camera, f/8 should be excellent. I like the relatively low amount of veiling (haloing) around bright lights when using the Tamron in the dark. Ghosting has almost never been a problem in my use.
On a high-MP camera, cropping to 200 mm should probably rarely be a problem. On a 24MP camera, cropping can be more problematic, and having access to a 70-200 zoom can be useful. I recently added the 70-200 GM II to my kit. Both this lens and the Tamron 35-150 are outstanding, however, one cannot 100% replace the other. The Tamron is arguably more like a "Swiss-knife" device - it can do so much, and do well. The 70-200 GMII is more of an elite "specialist" lens and would be my choice for any action and unpredictably moving subjects in the 70-200 mm range - the AF seems to be a notch faster than the excellent AF of the Tamron. The 70-200 GMII should also be good for semi-macro, but this is a different subject.
Can the Tamron replace primes? Assuming that one shoots raw:
I believe, yes, every time when the primes are closed to f/2.8 and more.
I would say, no, when the primes are used wide open, e.g. to f/1.2 or 1.4.
I well understand that there are professional photographers who work on special projects when the best instrument might be a certain prime. For many other types of photography, the Tamron 35-150 should work just fine.
Thus, there is no simple answer to your question "Do you think I can replace my primes?" It might help if we knew the f/values you need and use 90% of the time. Even if the answer is "yes, you can," it would make sense to keep the primes. For example, I very rarely use my Sony 35 GM or 20 G, but I would not consider selling these primes. I am also interested in adding the 50 f/1.2 GM lens, despite knowing that the Tamron 35-150 should most likely remain my main go-to lens in the foreseeable future. Because of the Tamron, I am interested in the new a7RV that might be a better match than a1.
Good luck with your decision-making!



Jan 25, 2023 at 03:45 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I would get your last weddings up and look at the quantity of images you have taken at the various focal lengths,
200mm is really good for candid photos, do you feel you can achieve the same with the tamron?

I also think primes work for candid, small prime on a small body and you have taken the picture before they notice you, with big heavy lenses your body position is different you are more obvious, so most of your shots are posed,

Cracking lens though, if I still did weddings I would use it with the 24mmGM on a second body, 15mmCV, in the bag just in case, and the 100-400 for candid, I used this for a relatives wedding as I no longer have the 70-200GM, and was surprised how many shots I did towards the 300FL, I could keep well out of the way for speeches,



Jan 25, 2023 at 04:27 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


Hard to believe. perhaps, but this Tamron is my designated "walk around" lens. I feel for nearly everything when I'd be walking around or on a jaunt it would accommodate my needs nicely. So far so good.


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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


Same for me, I find the extra aperture and range very useful in a walk around lens.
Handling-wise, I think if somebody is ok with larger primes like 135GM, the he/she shouldn't have any issues with the Tamron.
On vacation, this is my most used lens and at home I take it off mostly when I feel like shooting primes . In a way it did replace some of my primes, the biggest "loser" being 35GM probably, as I take it out now only when I really need that compact 1.4.



Jan 25, 2023 at 05:26 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I did find, today, after receiving a Neewer brand grip for my A7R5 that this combo is even MORE well balanced with the Tamron lens. Can't wait to try the 200-600 on it with the grip. The Sony grip has issues and doesn't fit properly requiring a camera being sent back to Sony service for replacement of the bottom plate. How pathetic is that. I'll enjoy this Neewer model it's a nice tight fit.


Jan 25, 2023 at 05:45 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I can't thank everyone enough for the advice. I am sure I will get one in the future and sell off the lenses I won't use.


Jan 25, 2023 at 07:49 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


pcrit wrote:
I can't thank everyone enough for the advice. I am sure I will get one in the future and sell off the lenses I won't use.


I'd rent one before selling off your lenses and purchasing the 35-150. I tried one out in a camera shop and the weight was just too much for my style.



Jan 25, 2023 at 07:52 PM
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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


Having used it here and there for video, it's actually an amazing lens for that purpose. Really nice rendering for a zoom, not much distortion, and even behaves parfocally if you focus at the long end (minimum focus is different on the long and short ends). I prefer my primes but if you really only could have one lens it would be up to the task. The weight isn't bothersome either--it's pretty much an all-in-one, it isn't going to be light as a feather.


Jan 26, 2023 at 12:04 AM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Tamron 35-150mm, replace most of my lenses?


I will probably be using it manly for video and yet to use my primes for that so I won't miss them.


Jan 26, 2023 at 02:25 PM
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