Photography News issue 25

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Taking the wide view See the SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD in action

Buyers’ guide The low-down on 10 top Tamron lenses: a lens for every occasion

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Fashion forward Pro shooter Christian Altengarten tests the SP 35mm& 45mm

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Tamron’s SP lenses offer exceptional performance at competitive prices and a great alternative to camera-brand lenses. The two new SP standard prime lenses have seen Tamron going back to basics and starting from the ground up with new optical designs and great looking cosmetics with the emphasis on the design philosophy of ‘Human Touch’. So each lens features new typefaces for distance markings, a sleek and elegant barrel finish and, probably the most striking, a luminous-gold band that signifies the close relationship between the camera and lens and it will be a feature of all future SP lenses. Every lens in the range will also have an SP emblem on its barrel. The great news is that beautiful looks come with class-leading performance. Both optics feature Tamron’s highly regarded VC (Vibration Compensation) system to minimise camera shake and maximise quality from the latest high resolution DSLRs, impressive minimum focusing distance for close-up shooting and the latest optical advances to ensure maximum image quality especially at the wider lens apertures. Low dispersion (LD) and extra-low dispersion (XLD) glass elements have been used to minimise chromatic aberrations and produce crystal clear images. Tamron’s proprietary lens coatings, BBAR and eBAND, have also been used, to minimise flare and ghosting in challenging lighting conditions. More and more photographers are enjoying the delights of attractive bokehorbackgroundblurandwiththeexcellentwide-apertureperformance of these SP optics and the circular nine-blade diaphragm, beautiful out of focus highlights are readily achievable. Both lenses are priced at £579 and will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony fittings. Tamron’s SP lens family has gained twins with the arrival of the 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD. Both lenses mark a new era for the brand with a fresh and innovative design philosophy Tamron’s SP family grows

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