Tamron AF19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 35mm Zoom

Tamron AF19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 35mm Zoom 

DESCRIPTION

Affordable super wide-angle zoom ideal for travel, landscape, group portrait, adventure photography and more.

  • Aperture range: f/3.5-22
  • Min focus: 19.68 in. (0.5m)
  • Flower-shaped lens hood
  • Available for Canon, Minolta, and Nikon-D

  • USER REVIEWS

    Showing 1-10 of 19  
    [Apr 08, 2005]
    astropaul
    Intermediate

    Strength:

    Sharp! 19mm is fun! Nice color Price

    Weakness:

    flare barrel distortion noisy autofocus

    I bought this lens a few months ago to use as a wide-angle lens on a Canon Digital Rebel. I haven't been disappointed. The pictures that I've gotten out of it are quite nice, especially group shots. The sharpness tends to not be so great below f/5.6, but it has only really bothered me when set to f/3.5. The color has been perfect as far as I can tell and I haven't had any trouble with fringing. The construction actually seems a lot sturdier than what I had expected after reading these boards. The lens is, however, rather prone to flare, even with the supplied lens hood. There is also appreciable barrel distortion at 19mm. The autofocus is also fairly noisy. Those are my only complaints, though. Overall I have been very satisfied with this lens.

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    Cannon 28-105 f/4-5.6 Cannon 50mm f/1.8

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Mar 24, 2005]
    bcskier
    Intermediate

    Strength:

    Good zoom range for landscape, general photography on a DSLR Cheap, lightweight and compact Sharp pictures at 20-24 mm, f11 Good contrast

    Weakness:

    Chromatic abberations: purple fringing Cheap build quality Corners blurry at f5.6 or less

    I've only had this lens for two days, so take this for what it's worth. The first copy I received showed severe purple fringing at all focal lengths and stops. Purple bleed at the edges was 3-4 pixels, and 5-6 pixels in the corners, on my 6.3 Mpix DSLR. There was some green fringing as well on opposite edges. I took the lens back and Robinsons kindly gave me a different copy. Similar situation but not quite as bad. My RAW converter has corrections for this, and they work quite well, but it takes some tweaking to get the right settings. Poorest sharpness is at the 35 mm end, 19 mm is better, 20-24 mm is best. Edge sharpness is poor at f5.6 is less, but improves at f8 and gets better at f11. I was able to get a sharp picture at 24 mm, f11, with careful corrections for chromatic abberation. If you are looking to upgrade from the Canon 18-55 mm kit lens, skip this one and buy a 20 mm or 24 mm prime. Not a complete lemon, but I don't recommend this lens.

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    Tamron 28-300 Canon 15 mm fisheye

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    [Nov 26, 2004]
    SF Rebeldude
    Beginner

    Strength:

    Wide Zoom Angle. Long Tamron USA Warranty. Sharpness. Price.

    Weakness:

    For the price, none as far as I could see.

    For the price, this is a excellent lens. I have taken some excellent photographs with this lens. The corners seem to be sharp. Good contrast and color reproduction. The L series Canon EF 17-40mm AF USM L lens may be a little better quality, but at well over two times the cost.

    Customer Service

    None used.

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    Canon EF 28-200mm AF USM, Sigma 28-80mm AF Aspherical MZM, Sigma 100-300mm AF DL Telephoto Zoom.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Feb 09, 2004]
    photogking
    Expert

    Strength:

    Small, light, fast auto-focus. Quality far exceeds the cost.

    Weakness:

    Screw on 77mm filters are not cheap. (but if you use a modular filter system rather than screw-in filters you can use the same filters on more than one lens - regardless of the lens diameter)

    Excellent lens. Not only for price, but overall. Produces clean, sharp images. Shooting at 19mm is very fun. This lens makes shooting landscapes that much more enjoyable with the added angle of view, over a standard zoom, and one's artistic nature can be that much more nurtured.

    Customer Service

    None required.

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Feb 04, 2004]
    bobo
    Expert

    Strength:

    Convenience, zoom range, value, AF, light weight for the size...

    Weakness:

    Sharpness, focus play, size (vs zuiko prime), durability (?), speed (f2.8 ?), feel...

    I have just moved from a fully manual OM-1 & zuiko 24mm prime & 28-48mm zoom in an effort to get a wider angle, convenience & 25 year 'new' technology... This combo is worth half the 25 year old equipment (FMV) so this is the first qualifier... I was surprised to find my 25 yr. old 24mm prime to be noticably sharper. If you love really crisp pics, shoot slides or enlarge prints you may want to weigh your options carefully. I would rate this lens equal to the Zuiko zoom in comparison shots... Stopping down helps - of course then we are looking at f8 & perhaps grainier film. The compromise is in having compositional options of 2 or more lenses at several times the price... I can only give it 4 stars because in the end image quality has to be my ultimate criteria...

    Customer Service

    N/A (yet?)

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    Zuiko 24mm prime Zuiko 28-48mm zoom Canon 28-80mm zoom USM III

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
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    5
    [Jan 04, 2004]
    Andy
    Casual

    Strength:

    Sharp Lightweight Fast focus Cheap

    Weakness:

    77mm filter, cost you more money

    After compare the result with the Tokina, this lens is awesome, Sharp in the focus, and worth in the price. Highly recomended this lens compare with other similar 3rd party product.

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    canon EF-S 18-55mm Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR DI

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Dec 20, 2003]
    Borist
    Professional

    Strength:

    Cost (Paid $165 after a $20 rebate) Sharp 6-year Tamron USA warranty Takes filters

    Weakness:

    Not wide enough on my Canon 10D (19mm becomes 30.5mm) Not constant aperture

    I wrote this lengthy review and during the posting process the computer acted up and did not post my review. So I am gonna summarize my review: For the money and quality the closet rival is the Canon 17-40 at 5 times the cost. Just get this lens if you are on a budget and want professional results.

    Customer Service

    No experience

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    Canon 16-35 f2.8 (the gold standard) Sigma 15-30 (superior lens, filters difficult) Canon 17-40 (awsome lens but at almost $750)

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Dec 19, 2003]
    Expert

    Strength:

    Same as before

    Weakness:

    Same as before

    This is an addendum to my original review in May '03. Still very pleased with overall performance of this lens. Have to add that at 19mm, image at edges of the frame are very soft. There is an abrupt drop in performance beyond 14mm from center of frame. Stopping down makes slight improvement. This is observed on negatives and should not affect users of Digital cameras with 1.4x focal length conversion factor. Zoom it up to 24mm and these problems are gone. Have read reviews on Canon's 20-35mm 1:3.5~4.5 and Nikon's 18-35mm and users have reported similar problems on those lenses. So for a consumer grade lens, the Tamron's performance is comparable to Canon's and Nikon's equivalent product. I noticed the softness at the edges only when photographing buildings where there is a lot of architectural detail. For general scenery, the softness is not noticeable. So for architectural photography, one has to resort to prime lenses for superior sharpness at the corners and significantly less barrel distortion.

    Customer Service

    Still not needed.

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    Same as before

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Sep 29, 2003]
    grntdv
    Intermediate

    Strength:

    Great value for money... Flower hood supplied... Great focal range with nice wide angle... Top lens for group people shots... Awesome landscape lens...

    Weakness:

    About the only one is the 77mm lens get a little expensive...

    I always believed in Nikon lenses for Nikon cameras but this lens has changed my mind forever. This lens is awesome. It takes extremely sharp images throughout it's entire focal range and is incredably easy to use. I didn't really see the extra benefit of the 19mm as opposed to 28mm and I really only bought this lens because it was 1/3 of the price compared to new however now I can't stop using it. This has quickly become one of my most used lenses in my camera bag. Supplied with flower hood also which normally you have to pay extra for. Great value for money compared to the dearer (twice the price retail wise) Nikon 18-35mm. Wouldn't be surprised if they all come out of the same factory but with different badging.

    Customer Service

    Haven't needed it yet touch wood

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    Nikon 18-35mm lens (which I think is on par with the Tamron but is double the price)

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Sep 16, 2003]
    Professional

    Strength:

    Built quality is ok 19-35 wide good quality maybe Tamron delivers the new digital lens to canon and nkon the coming yrs?

    Weakness:

    might need the last TOUCH of finish and a LD element glass ..and then it might the no 1 lens of best buy for all those digital SLRs turning up the coming years TAMRON...do it!!

    I decided to give this lens a chance and i most admit im quite surprised how much you get pr dollar,its very sharp and good compared to other lenses costing double or more.Whether you use it on digital or film cameras you will not be dissapointed. This is on par with Canons Ef 50 mm 1,8 Tamrons Own 70-300 LD,simply a true best buy for small money. One could think IF Tamron put an LD(ED) glass in it,it might be a stellar performer.

    Customer Service

    none needed

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
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