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TAMRON SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD Review by Apratim Saha

Two focal lengths that stand out as my favourite are 35mm and 16-35mm. For years 35mm has been the choice of lens for photographers all over the world as it’s the perfect bridge between wide-angle and standard. The biggest advantage with this lens is that you get the angle of view which closely resembles with what you see through your own eyes.

Being in the industry for a glorious 70 years this year happens to be the 40th anniversary of Tamron’s SP (Superior Performance) lens series and to commemorate this special occasion they have introduced a new Tamron SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045) prime lens for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts touted by the company as “the ultimate Tamron lens”.

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When I was offered to use the TAMRON SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD during my last Photo Tour to Morocco and my assignment in China my primary goal was to find out how good the lens was. Particularly when compared to the same focal length which I have been relying on heavily for years. I’ve used this lens with Canon 1Dx Mark II, Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS R Mirrorless with adaptor ring. 

After using this lens for a day, I had only one thought in my mind – that the company was really determined to build a lens that would be the ultimate in lens performance and they have trumped it.

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Literally, Tamron’s optical design staff was given a single instruction from product planning – “aim for the absolute ultimate in lens performance”.

The new Tamron 35mm F/1.4 is designed for full-frame SLR cameras and it is equally suitable for crop-sensor models and it can be used perfectly with Canon and Nikon mirrorless models with their respective camera manufacturer’s adapter. 

The lens is solidly built and nicely balanced in a clean and simplistic style. The smooth deep satin black with white lettering in clean, solid and simplistic style has become Tamron’s trademark for new SP series lenses. 

To talk about the optical design of this lens, the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD is designed with 14 elements in 10 groups which includes 4 LD (Low Dispersion) and 3 GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) elements. 

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Photo by: Apratim Saha [f/1.4, 1/500s, ISO 5000 ]

Tamron utilized everything it had in its arsenal to make this lens, adding its innovation of coating technologies like the revolutionary fluorine coating to the front element to repel water and dirt. Thus, the lens surface is much easier to wipe clean and less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture, and fingerprints. This enables your important lenses to be continually protected on a long-time basis. Above all to correct ghosting and flare the second-generation BBAR-G2 Coating is a groundbreaking advancement that provides vastly improved performance compared to the original BBAR Coating. 

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Photo by: Apratim Saha [f/1.4, 1/4000s, ISO 320]

Shooting in backlight is one of my most favorite shooting conditions but most of the time I see ghosting images or I lose details in these kinds of conditions. But with this new Tamron SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD, I find all my backlit images are captured perfectly! There was no ghosting and no flare at all!

I must include another two aspects here- one is their Moisture-Resistant Construction and the other is the new locking mechanism built into the lens hood. The moisture-resistant seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture or raindrops. This particular feature is an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions. I especially like Tamron’s new locking mechanism for the lens hood. Most of the time I have seen lens hood locks getting damaged after a year. This was a very big problem if the hood was a flower hood. Flower hoods have a particular shape; I mean you need to keep your hood in the proper position so that you don’t get a wrong vignette. Now when this hood slips and goes in a different position while you are busy shooting, you get a wrong vignette, which you only happen to realize afterward. I find this lock is very useful as it will never slip. Another important thing is that Tamron came out with their new TAP-in Console and its accompanying TAP-in Utility software allowing to control the settings and programming, including firmware, of compatible Tamron lenses. This is really very useful. 

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Photo by: Apratim Saha [f/1.8, 1/50s, ISO 3200 ]
Photo by: Apratim Saha [f/1.8, 1/160s, ISO 125]

The lens has a minimum subject distance of 11.8 inches from the sensor plane which gives you roughly five inches between the front element and your subject when working near the minimum distance. It’s good enough for 1:5 life-size reproduction.

Talking about the autofocusing, I must say that most photographers fear being let down by a third-party lens in the autofocus performance. When you are not using the native lens and if you are shooting at f1.4 then your biggest nightmare is front or rear focusing.

However, the new SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD is equipped with its innovative all-new Dynamic Rolling-cam mechanism which operates the heavy focusing unit of the large F/1.4 aperture with high speed and accuracy even under the harsh shooting conditions of professional use. The lens is also equipped with a Full-Time Manual Focus override system even in the AF mode. 

To test its autofocusing I used this new Tamron SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD with Canon 1Dx Mark II, 5D Mark IV and EOS R in different lighting conditions. I’ve never seen any rear or front focus in any of my images. All my images were focused on the point where I wanted to focus on. I’ve tried Canon EOS R’s eye-tracking also and every time it focused perfectly. Moreover, I’ve shot some videos also and I find the focusing system is really very useful. 

Photo by: Apratim Saha [ f/9, 1/800s, ISO 4000 ]

I have not done any MTF Tests or used Imatest software but I can tell from my years of experience that this is the sharpest 35mm lens till today. Even Lensrentals’ Roger Cicala’s reviews after independent testing showed that Tamron’s SP 35mm f/1.4 is one of the best 35mm f/1.4 designs out there. 

I’ve tested this lens at different f-stops and in different lighting conditions, I find that even at 1.4 the lens is extremely sharp with only a tiny softening at the corners and it can produce really beautiful bokeh.

Actually, the optical design and its 9-blade rounded diaphragm produces this kind of outstanding bokeh. 

With its new electromagnetic diaphragm system, more precise diaphragm and aperture control are possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals. I’m sure you’ll like its soft and subdued bokeh which applies to out-of-focus objects in front of the primary subject as well as behind the primary subject. 

Photo by: Apratim Saha [ f/1.6, 1/800s, ISO 125]

Normally what happens with many lenses is that it can produce good bokeh but only for behind the subjects but in the case of SP 35mm 1.4, it is different. As the aperture is f/1.4, you can get shallow depth-of-field by shooting wide open increasing the bokeh even more. 

I would like to add another point here; when I used this lens with Canon EOS R surprisingly, I found that it was sharper than Canon 5D Mark IV.  

There is a very minimum vignette at f/1.4 but personally, I feel if you are shooting any portrait at f/1.4 then it adds more drama on your image. Colors are rich and faithful to the source. Contrast is also great and there are no chromatic aberrations.  The Tamron 35mm F/1.4 produces clean, sharp images.

TAMRON SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD is the ultimate lens made in recent times, crafted to perfection. Start shooting with the new TAMRON SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD, you will experience the magic of this lens yourself. 

Photo by: Apratim Saha [ f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 200 ]
Photo by: Apratim Saha [ f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 200 ]

Photo by: Apratim Saha [f/2, 1/400s, ISO 4000]
Photo by: Apratim Saha [ f/2, 1/800s, ISO 800]

Apratim Saha is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Stock Photography, Getty Images, and StocksyUnited. He is a brand ambassador and mentor for Tamron. He is also a consultant to Chiiz Photography Magazine.

Camera Gears,

SAMYANG Releases Three New Lenses for Nikon

On April 11, Samyang Optics , a global optics brand, announced the release of three new lenses: One auto-focus lens designed for the Nikon F mount, and two manual-focus lenses for the Nikon Z mount. The three new lenses are the AF 85mm F1.4 F, MF 14mm F2.8 Z, and MF 85mm F1.4 Z.  All three new Nikon lenses are Ultra-Multi-Coated (UMC). This is done in order to provide excellent image quality and contrast from the centre to edges of the image. In addition, all of the new lenses feature weather sealing.

Meets user needs and the latest trends

Samyang has introduced various lenses for the latest cameras from Canon and Sony. Now, three lenses for Nikon F mount and Z mount have been introduced. Since the first launch of the AF 14mm F2.8 F in 2018, the AF 85mm F1.4 F is the 2nd Nikon F mount lens from Samyang. Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 has been loved by photography enthusiasts for a long time with beautiful bokeh  and a sweet spot for portraits.

The MF 14mm F2.8 Z and MF 85mm F1.4 Z also release with the AF 85mm F1.4 F. These are the latest Nikon Z mount compatible lenses that demonstrate Samyang’s advanced optical technology in the market.

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High-Resolution images based on advanced optical technology

All three new Nikon lenses are ultra-multi-coated in order to provide excellent image quality and contrast from the center of the image. In addition, all of the new lenses feature weather-sealing to enhance anti-dust and water-protection capabilities, enabling photographers to continue shooting even under unpredictable conditions.

MF85mm/1.4RF

 

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For more details on Samyang:

* Samyang Website: http://www.samyanglensglobal.com
* Samyang Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/samyanglensglobal
* Samyang Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/samyanglensglobal
* Samyang YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/samyanglens

 

 

 

Camera Gears, Photography Tips,

5 Reasons Why You Should Use A Gimbal

Shooting with a gimbal can help you capture some incredible images and videos. It comes as no surprise that gimbals have certainly become one of the most sought-after gears in photography and filmmaking. In such a short span of time, gimbals have made its mark in the photography sphere. So, for all the photography lovers, Digitek has recently announced the launch of AFI Phoenix D3 Gimbal that supports professional DSLR cameras with innovative handle and has a built-in foldable mini tripod design.
Gimbal is the key to shake-free shots and footage. Everyone wants to get their hands on one so that they are able to capture breathtaking images. But before you go and buy a gimbal for yourself, you might want to hear some pearls of wisdom regarding the most efficient use of this gimbal. So, here are 5 reasons on why to use a gimbal for capturing the most astounding images of all times.

 1) Modes and choices

Picture Credits: Digitek

The gear can operate in four modes of full-following, pan-following, full-locking and roll-following mode to follow every detail and minute movement fluidly. This enables the photographers to capture the 360-degree time-lapse, scene tracking and object rotating type of videos which creates a spellbinding effect on the viewers. With uninterrupted switching among these modes, the users can customize the gimbal’s effect. The roll-following mode allows users to shoot more dynamic shots making the image more vivid and powerful.

   2) Cameras make it perfect

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The D3 Gimbal when used with Canon EOS series and Sony DSLR camera allows the photographers to leverage a wide range of camera settings. The extended zoom system that supports features like innovative zoom design, focus and zoom by handle knob, gives users the flexibility to shoot at will.

Apart from the camera, the gimbal can be controlled with the wireless connected mobile applications using the built-in multi-functions for efficient and versatile shooting.

 

Also read: 13 Mobile Photography Tips for capturing Excellent Images

   3) Easy to handle, Ideal to use

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The device being light-weight, is extremely portable and can be mounted on the dual-grip handle supporting system, tripod, monopod or used with a cushion shoulder strap or any other extension fittings as per the user’s comfort. Once the battery is charged, the gimbal can be used for up to 12 hours. So, you don’t have to carry the charger at every shoot location.

    4) Creativeness at its peak

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The numerous creative possibilities facilitated by motorized gimbals are enough to excite almost any artist. There are loads of innovative ways to implement motorized gimbals to depict your imagination.

    5) Move it and Use it

Picture Credits: Matruprasad Sahu
(Chiiz Portal)

Since now you have all the creative benefits of your new gear, you can really experiment with all kinds of different shots and movements. Here are some of the various shots you can get:

  1. Dolly/Tracking Shot:

    Instead of the traditional way that usually calls for rails or a metal track and a wheeled cart (a “dolly”), now you can simply walk or run while  holding your camera.

  2. Crane/Jib Shot:

     Usually, you would have to construct the jib and then move the thing around. It can be quite cumbersome, especially if you don’t have a lot of room. The beauty of the gimbal is that you can get these rising/lowering shots much more easily by either just bending over or squatting.

  3. Pass-Through Shot:

    This is when the camera moves through a very tight space, like a window or a hole and keeps recording, all in one move. The gimbal eliminates many of the roadblocks that would come with traditional Steadicam or shoulder rigs and allows you to fit into spaces that are smaller.

“IMS is continuously innovating its products base to bring ease of use and brilliant performance to its customers. This advanced hand held AFI Phoenix D3 Gimbal for professionals with phoenix like swift movements is easy to use and steer and promises exemplary shoots to create an impressive impact”. said Amit Saraf, Managing Director, IMS Mercantiles Pvt Ltd.

 

Now having been equipped with the knowledge about the gear you must be thinking of where to find this gear. Well, here is the link www.imsmercantiles.in/

So go and grab your gimbal and go out to capture the world!

 

Written by: Nishtha Goel

Youngest member of the team,  she is generally found reading or scribbling down her feelings on every petite thing around her. She loves to roam about the city exploring new flavors wherever possible.