Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 VC

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Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 VC
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Don't be tempted by faster apertures, this Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC is the best "normal" focal length I have ever used. It is fairly sharp at f/1.8 and very, very crisp at f/2.2 and onward! There is little to no distortion, and it focuses quite close for some casual macro. The VC is amazing, allowing photos in lower light than even an f/1.2 lens since you can shoot at shutter speeds slower than 1/40. I have found that 1/25 is the lowest I would go with this lens, but individual handheld capabilities vary. The VC is also quiet which makes it great for video. I have attached two examples. The Autofocus is fast and quiet. My copy did not need any micro-adjustment but this should be easy to fix with either the in-camera menu or Tamron's lens dock. Finally, the build is sturdy with a strong metal body and mount and a comfortable and wide rubber focus ring.

(If you are on the fence between the Tamron 45mm and the Sigma 50mm, I would choose the Tamron because of the VC and possibly better sharpness. However, I have never tried the new Sigma in person, I've only looked at test photos.)

Here are some sample videos shot with the Tamron 45mm on my Nikon D610, mostly on a tripod.

Abandoned Old Boat [Drone, Hitfilm Express] - YouTube

New Years Nature Video [Hitfilm Express] - YouTube

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"No. You're forgetting," said the Spirit. "That was not how you began. Light itself was your first love: you love paint only as a means of telling about light."
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 ArtistAndCamera's gear list:ArtistAndCamera's gear list
Nikon D610 GoPro Hero5 Black Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD +6 more
Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD
Prime lens • Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony/Minolta Alpha
Announced: Sep 2, 2015
ArtistAndCamera's score
5.0
Average community score
4.6
Nikon D610 Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD
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