Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD Review

January 10, 2022 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


Once in a while something comes along that makes you think "Why has no one ever thought of that before - what a great idea!" and the Tamron 35-150mm certainly fits the bill. This is a fantastic all-round zoom lens that could effectively replace two fast zooms in your lens arsenal.

A lot of event photographers typically rely on two fast zoom lenses for their bread and butter shooting - a 28-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 - and Tamron already offer great versions of each one for Sony shooters (and other lens mounts too).

The beauty of this new 35-150mm is that it could replace both of those lenses in your camera bag, if you don't mind the reduction in zoom range at either end. This has the twin benefits of saving weight - although the Tamron 35-1500mm is a heavy lens at 1.15kg, it would still be dwarfed by most 28-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 lens combinations - and saving time - instead of having to swap lenses on a single body or between dual camera/lens setups, you can simply use one lens that's always on the camera and snap away.

Being able to quickly zoom from moderate wide-angle to telephoto using in lens is extremely liberating and really allows you to concentrate on capturing the moment. What's more, there are virtually no compromises in terms of image quality, other than a tendency for exhibiting too much flare when shooting directly into the sun and some noticeable pin-cushion distortion at 150mm.

This is one sharp lens throughout the generous zoom range and at both the centre and edges of the frame, and in our opinion it's more than good enough to effectively replace not only those two 28-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms, but also a bagful of primes if you don't mind slightly slower maximum apertures.

The Tamron 35-150mm eye-opening maximum aperture of f/2 is unheard of in a lens of this type, and although it quickly reaches f/2.2 at around 40mm and f/2.8 at around 80mm, having the ability to shoot between f/2-f/2.8 from 35-80mm is something that very few zoom lenses offer.

It is an undeniably expensive lens, compared against both its main Sony rivals and all other recent Tamron lenses, but on the other hand it's cheaper than a dual 28-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 setup. Deciding the value for money will ultimately come down to how you view the versatile all-in-one nature of this lens, and how it might fit into your day-to-day shooting.

Once again Tamron have thought outside the box to create a truly unique lens that offers something genuinely fresh and most importantly of all useful, crucially backed up by excellent image quality, impeccable performance, solid build quality and enough features. The Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD is a potential game-changer for many photographers and a lens that gets us off to a flying start for 2022!

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4.5