Tamron has officially announced the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.4 Di USD, available in Nikon mount (end of June), and Canon mount (end of July).
The SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD it’s going to be “the finest lens in Tamron’s history.” Tamron’s SP (Superior Performance) lens series was born in 1979, based on the concept of delivering lenses for taking the perfect picture for those who love photography. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the series. In celebration, Tamron has developed the 35mm F/1.4 (Model F045), the distillation of Tamron’s accumulated lens-making expertise and craftsmanship. This orthodox fixed focal lens, which some consider the most desirable of all interchangeable lenses, is the embodiment of all the optical technology and manufacturing know-how Tamron has developed to date.
The new 35mm f/1.4 is designed with versatility in mind, considering that the 35mm focal length is used in many different photography genres. According to Tamron, this lens is a “distillation of Tamron’s accumulated lens-making expertise and craftsmanship.” It’s designed for full frame Nikon and Canon DSLRs, but of course, you can also use it on an APS-C body. On Nikon cameras, it gives a 52.5mm equivalent focal length and a 56mm equivalent focal length on Canon.
The AF drive is equipped with Tamron’s proprietary USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive). According to Tamron, this will provide you a fast, precise and quiet autofocusing. There’s also a Dynamic Rolling-cam mechanism, which has been newly developed specifically for this lens. It helps to minimize the drive load placed on the focus lens component. Because of this, you should have improved AF performance and reliability even under the harsh shooting conditions, such as high and low temperature extremes. Finally, the lens is also equipped with a Full-Time Manual Focus override system. This allows you to instantly make fine adjustments to the point of focus, even when using the AF mode.
The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD is built of 14 elements in 10 groups. These include four LD (Low Dispersion) and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) elements. Thanks to the lens construction and the special coatings, the company promises high-resolution performance from the center of the frame to the edges, even at f/1.4. On top of that, the lens is durable and weather-resistant.
The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD is currently available for preorders in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. There’s still no official pricing listed yet, but Tamron lists the recommended retail price of $1,200.