Tamron to announce a new SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens

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One of the lenses on the Tamron teaser I posted about few days ago will be a new SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and will be available in Nikon, Canon and Sony mounts (via Digicame-info). There is already a patent for a Tamron SP 85mm f/1.4 Di VC USD lens. The second lens that will be announced on February 22nd will probably be wide angle, since Tamron already has 35mm and 45mm SP lenses.

Update: the second Tamron lens will be a SP 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1: 1 VC USD (Model F017) for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts (no VC for Sony).

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  • tripod

    If they are planning on releasing a 1.4, why release the 1.8 first?

    • doge

      Probably because their other new primes are 1.8, so with this and the (most likely) 24mm they’re going to announce, they will complete their 1.8 prime package of lenses.

      Then they can focus on the 1.4 lenses which will undoubtedly all be bigger/heavier/more expensive.

      1.8s will sell more than 1.4s.

  • Duncan Dimanche

    I broke my nikon a few moths ago… I will wait and see but it will be hard to beat the nikon version in quality and price…

    • tripod


    • Hardcore_Fanboy

      “I broke my nikon”…. “but it will be hard to beat the nikon version in quality” – in one sentece ??

      • fanboy fagz

        yea, why not. any lens can be broken. maybe he meant iq

        • Duncan Dimanche

          See my comment above 😉

      • Vertex

        nikon… quality?
        i hope you don´t mean quality control….

      • Duncan Dimanche

        Yeah it fell from 3 feet. It was attached to my D800 and the D800 fell straight on it without a lens hood.

        So the AF works and i’m still using it but the manual focus is not working (i can’t physicaly turn the focusing ring)

        So i’m suprised that it’s still working that’s all guys.
        And yes I love this lens ! Eventhough the CA is pretty horrible in harsh contrast scene but it’s pretty much the same story for all these type of lens.

    • fanboy fagz

      the 1.8g is very good. 1.8g is sharper than the 1.4g with both at 1.8 but the AFS is very slow and the plastic build is crap. the reason I dont upgrade from the 1.8d.

    • Spy Black

      I guess you didn’t see the humor in your comment. 🙂

  • fanboy fagz

    I said it a few days ago. it was 1.4 VC rumored but 1.4 is not possible with VC. I had a feeling it would be 1.8 with VC. curious between this and the sigma art 1.4 performance wise. VC isnt so useful to me and I dont really shoot at 1.4 so if the 85 tamron at 1,8 is as sharp as the art at 1.8 then ill take the tamron since the price will be cheaper.

    • outkasted

      Sigma has an 85mm ART 1.4?

      • fanboy fagz

        its coming..patience

    • Zos Xavius

      1.4 isn’t possible? I doubt that.

      • fanboy fagz

        1.4 with VC isnt. I may be wrong but my opinion is physically it cant be done. u need space around the glass. the opening cant handle a lens bigger than 1.4

    • If you don’t need VC & 1.4 why waiting? Nikon 85 1.8G surely is one of the best value lenses of the whole Nikon range!

      • fanboy fagz

        its a nice lens IQ wise. but the build and the slow af turns me off. it was on sale many times down to $400 and I passed. I used one from my friend. wont buy it.

        • Yes the AF is a bit slower, build looks cheaper but that makes the AF more precise, and the lens is lightweight. It also has softer bokeh than the AFD and that’s a big plus. The only drawback for me is that you cannot do freelensing with the G series while you can with D (and do zone focusing too)

          • fanboy fagz

            I do like the rounded bokeh better on the G and IQ is about 2/3 sharper than the D till f/4 meaning from 1.8-4 , to get the same sharpness as the G, the D lens has to be stopped down 2/3 stop more.

            another thing is the D can be used for video on many cameras because of the aperture ring.

    • Sakaphoto Graphics

      I’m sure that f/1.4 with VC would have been possible…in a huge, heavy, expensive package.

      • fanboy fagz

        we will agree to disagree

  • GreenLens

    If Tamron designed Batii the next lens should be 25 or rumoured 18.

  • mclaren777

    No f/1.4, no deal! 🙁

  • blp

    i love the paste that tamron is going with releasing the lenses 🙂

    • Zos Xavius

      I’d prefer my lenses without paste. :p

  • zakuII

    Perhaps it’s a 85mm and a 105mm VC.

  • SimenO

    It wont happen this time, but I hope Tamron will expand their SP f/1,8 primes to 20, 135 and 200mm in the future.

    • fanboy fagz

      200 1.8? that a very niche lens. it would be nice but I think theyre going to stay with lenses for maximum sales. primes seem to be a big hit the last few years and in weddings the photogs I work with shoot solely prime lenses. one photog I know has 3 lenses. 24 ART/85 1.2 MK2 and the 16-35 2.8 MK2. no 70-200. to each his own. I believe a pro needs the basic zoom trio and add primes to that set after. a 24/50/85 a fisheye is also nice but a bit gimmicky IMO.

      • harvey

        a working pro only needs the lenses they use.

        • fanboy fagz

          yes,partly true

          • harvey

            no partly about it. from experience.

          • fanboy fagz

            you know cause you did a worldwide survey? evey photog that works weddings has all the money they need to buy any gear? all photogs buy all the gear they use they use all they buy? I know a photog who has way more gear than he uses and I know more photogs who dont have enough gear (certainly no backup gear) cause they dont make enough money, yet. so youre comment is nonsense and you cant speak for everyone. your experience is for those specific photogs you know. and how many do you know 10, 40, 100? thats just a very small amount of photogs from the world. so again, your statement is partly true.

          • harvey

            let me make it simple for you, ‘mature’ pros – the ones who have been doing their thing for more than 15 minutes, buy only what they need – anything else is costs. Carry only what they need – regardless of what they shoot. And as someone who shot pro for over 30 years in a variety of genres, I know and know of more than you might think.

          • fanboy fagz

            yala harvey boy, move along

      • Thinkinginpictures

        I use a 50mm and 135mm Zeiss for weddings. I then rotate between crop and FF bodies.

        Alright, I throw a dash of 24-70mm in there as well. Most comes off the 135mm.

        • fanboy fagz

          I tried the dx fx working but it was driving my eyes crazy at time. the VF inside was too much for me

  • gamer

    No Pentax mount? That’s what I meant in my previous posts that there are no modern Pentax full-frame lenses.

  • sickheadache

    85mm 1.8 and 90mm 2.8 macro.Both VC.

  • pjpo

    Seems odd to be releasing the 85 and an update to the recent 90mm macro. I’m curious to see what is new besides a silver ring.

  • Greggory Burt

    Guess I’m finally just going to sell a kidney and buy the Nikon 85mm 1.4…

    • harvey

      Sigma 85 ART – one day, one day … till then Nikon 85/1.8G

  • Mark Cort

    Good call SimenO. I’ve get fed up waiting for Sigma to make an 85mm ART so I’m going to buy the Tamron 85mm SP. As for a 200 f1.8, although very nice, maybe they’ll make an f/2 – with the SP build/looks and quality.

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