Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

(7 customer reviews)

Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a high-quality camera glass that produces great results. It has a smooth auto focus system that uses ultrasonic vibrations for fast and silent focusing. The lens has a wide aperture that produces a shallow depth of field, resulting in a beautiful bokeh effect. It has a high-quality build and uses advanced lens elements and coating technology for improved image quality. The lens has a fast aperture and produces sharp and detailed images. It is a great alternative to other prime lenses in the market. The lens is well-manufactured and has a sturdy build quality. Overall, the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a great photographic lens for those who want to capture high-quality images with a prime lens.

Positives:
– Fantastic bokeh! The smooth and pleasant roll-off of out of focus areas is definitely the highlight of this lens.
– Small minimum focal length, which allows for great subject isolation.
– Image stabilization is a very useful feature that helps reduce camera shake and blurs.
– Reasonably sharp images, although not the sharpest in its category.

Negatives:
– Autofocus is a bit slow, especially in low light conditions.
– Some chromatic aberration visible in high contrast areas.
– A bit pricey compared to similar lenses in its class.

Conclusion:
Overall, the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a great lens that delivers beautiful bokeh and relatively sharp images. The built-in image stabilization is definitely a plus. However, the autofocus can be slow in some conditions, and chromatic aberration is noticeable in some shots. Despite these minor issues, I would recommend this lens to any enthusiast photographer who wants to achieve stunning bokeh and subject isolation.

Optical design

Wide open, subjects located outside the depth of field are shown very blurred. The ring-type motor employs a piezoelectric ceramic element to generate two high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations on the motor’s stator ring for fast, near noiseless autofocus. Has 9 aperture blades, with this amount of aperture blades you will be satisfied with the result.

Physical characteristics

Weights 540 grams so plan ahead, carry only if really necessary. 67 mm lens filter diameter, you are one step from the next standard filter size, buy step-up ring and bigger filter. 91 mm long, requires consideration if you want to carry in the camera bag.

Description

Basic data

Specification

Blades 9
Filter (mm) 67
Length (mm) 91.7
Min focus (m) 0.29
Weight (g) 540
Aperture 1.8/16
Focal Length (mm) 45

Overall rating

4.7
based on 17 reviews

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7 reviews for Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

  1. allphotolenses.com

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  3. Ebay.com Sep 12, 2021

    Premium Lens at Affordable Price Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 VC Prime Lens is a “premium” grade lens. It has many positive attributes that makes it premium.

    It has solid build quality and beautiful design. (Tamron’s newer SP lenses have almost ceramic feel and look to them.)
    Weather sealed, distance window, full time manual focus. (Again features on pro grade lenses.)
    Excellent image quality that includes sharpness, contrast, and color. (Sharpness alone doesn’t make it premium in my opinion. Canon L lenses have contrast and color quality that make the pictures pleasing to look at overall rather than just pixel peeping sharpness.)

    I also like 45mm range. Slightly wider than typical 50mm, but I like it better and make it slightly more versatile.
    It also has VC. (image stabilizer built in) I don’t know any other 50mm fast prime with image stabilizer. It does come in handy for night photography or in very low light situations. (This kind of makes up for slower(?) Aperture at 1.8 instead of 1.4 or 1.2.) But, it really isn’t necessary for most situations in my opinion at 45mm.

    Talking about aperture, it has max aperture of f/1.8. Is this con or pro? Con for most but let me explain why this can also be pro. 1.8 is fast but pedestrian for 50mm prime. This will be a turn off for many people. It was for me too as this lens costs many time more than Canon’s nice 50mm f/1.8 STM lens even at new price. Even Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is cheaper. On paper, it has only VC which isn’t very useful at this range going for it. Still as I mentioned before, this lens has premium quality build and image quality superior to Canon’s consumer grade 50mm lenses. Not only that, the bokeh of this lens is very pleasing and smooth which I dare say is more pleasing than Canon’s 50mm 1.4 at 1.4 and comparable to other premium lenses like Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art or Canon 1.2. (Yes they do produce shallower depth of field but that is not all there is to quality bokeh) Also, there size and weight advantage. Being 1.8 prime, it is significantly smaller and lighter than 1.4 or 1.2 lenses which makes it more versatile. Also it makes it cheaper too. So you are getting lot for your money rather than less if you compare it to other premium lenses. Fast aperture isn’t everything.

    There is reason why this lens for excellent reviews from most reviewers who actually used the lens. Don’t wave it off. I strongly recommend this lens over Canon EF 50mm 1.4 USM if you are considering that lens.

    So is it perfect? I do have few faults I would like to point out. While autofocus is accurate, there is slight pause before locking when close focusing. No problem locking quickly to further away subjects. Bit annoying. Another is that it is a third party lens which does not take advantage of in camera corrections for jpegs. If you are raw shooter, no difference. Beside, lens is very good even without the correction.

    Well I am very happy with the lens. Bought two, one for me and one as gift, and both copies were equality good.

  4. Ebay.com Feb 11, 2019

    Be prepared to leave it on your camera So, initially I had the EF 50 1.8 stm and 40 2.8 stm. Although they were both very close in focal lengths I loved both for what they were capable of. The 50 for portraits and low light because of its large aperture and the 40 for street photography as you get a nice wider field of view. Then I found this gem. Never knew it existed. It’s right in between with a large aperture for low light shooting. And to add to it Image stabilization! The photos render beautifully, bokeh is creamy and beautiful. It’s sharp wide open and weather sealed! You can’t go wrong especially for the price! You won’t be disappointed by this lens. Sure it’s not as fast as Canon’s USM but it’s no slouch either. The AF is quiet and reliable.

  5. Ebay.com Jan 09, 2022

    Tamron makes some amazing lenses! I’ve paid a lot more for a lot less. I have a collection of premium lenses that also include Canon L glass, Sigma Art and EX; this Tamron SP is among the very cream of the crop. It’s a pretty large lens, which I like in situations where I want to look like a real photographer. I really like the clean finish on the outside of this lens, which is quite a step up from the previous generation. They are also supposedly more weather sealed. I really like low light photography, and the VC (vibration control) coupled with the big aperture means you can keep your ISO lower, and have less noise in your images.

  6. Ebay.com Jul 30, 2018

    great lens great lens for the value and price with Image Stabilization. Not very sharp wide open but prob require a little bit of adjustment on my copy.
    Otherwise, f2.8 and up it’s tack sharp.

  7. Ebay.com Jan 04, 2019

    Nice Bokeh My favorite part about this lens is the bokeh. Out of focus areas have a smooth and pleasant roll off.

    This lens has an unusually small minimum focal length, which reduces the minimum achievable depth of field allowing for great subject isolation.

    The image stabilization is very helpful.

    The sharpness is ok, but if it were sharper the bokeh wouldn’t be as smooth (not at this price point anyhow).

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