Tamron doubled the rebates on their SP 45mm f/1.8 and 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lenses


Tamron doubled the rebates on two of their lenses since my last report in early September:

  • Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens is now $200 off: B&HAdorama | Amazon
  • Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens now with a $60 mail-in rebate: B&H | Adorama

See all Tamron lenses for Nikon F-mount with instant savings. Update: the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DI-II LD Asph (IF) AF lens is now $70 off.

Additional informtion on the two Tamron SP lenses:

Tamron SP 35mm and 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lenses for Nikon F mount announced

Reviews of the Tamron SP 35mm and 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD full frame lenses

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens for Nikon F mount tested at DxOMark: “serious contender “

Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens for F mount tested at DxOMark: “tasty prime for Nikon FX“


Lens specifications:

SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
Lens Mount Full-Frame: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A Full-Frame: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent on APS-C) 35mm (Nikon/Sony: 52.5mm; Canon:56mm) 45mm (Nikon/Sony: 67.5mm; Canon:72mm)
Maximum Aperture f/1.8 f/1.8
Minimum Aperture f/16 f/16
Angle of View 63° 26′ 51° 21′
Minimum Focusing Distance 7.9″ / 20 cm 11.4″ / 29 cm
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:2.5 1:3.4
Autofocus Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Canon and Nikon Mounts Only Canon and Nikon Mounts Only
Lens Construction 10 elements / 9 groups 10 elements / 8 groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, circular 9, circular
Filter Thread 67mm 67mm
Dimensions (D x L) Canon: 3.2 x 3.2″ / 80.4 x 81.3mm
Nikon: 3.2 x 3.1″ / 80.4 x 78.7mm
Canon: 3.2 x 3.6″ / 80.4 x 91.4mm
Nikon: 3.2 x 3.5″ / 80.4 x 89.0mm
Weight Canon: 16.9 oz / 479 g
Nikon: 15.9 oz / 451 g
Canon: 19 oz / 539 g
Nikon: 18.3 oz / 519 g

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  • Bill M

    I’m not interested in their 45mm due to some of the issues it exhibits (which might be why it has such a heavy rebate) but I am interested in their 85mm; however, no rebate exists for that lens 🙁

    • Kob12

      What issues?

      • Bill M

        The focus speed has been reported to be less than ideal, the fact that it is 45mm instead of say 55mm (but that is more my preference). The fact that they are doubling the rebate to $200 is indication this lens is not selling like Tamron hoped, but no rebate on the 85mm may indicate it has been. With an MSRP of $600 for essentially a 50mm f/1.8 I am not surprised at the lack of sales even though it has VC; however, at $400 after the rebate it might drive a few more sales, I think it should have been $400 to begin with. I really like that Tamron has stepped up its game with the latest SP offerings.

        • Fanie Kuhn

          If it had been a 50mm VC it would have flown off the shelves.

      • fanboy fagz

        ca is meh..

  • fanboy fagz

    Those things arent selling

    • sickheadache

      That is the reason..If they Dont sell at a higher price..Let’s lower the price..Maybe they will sell then.

  • Tieu Ngao

    About one year ago I had a chance to test this lens Tamron 35mm at a local store against my Nikon 16-35mm (which is slightly soft at 35mm compared with other focal lengths) on D750 and I was happy with every aspect of the lens except the sharpness, which is about 95% compared with the Nikon (I’d expected otherwise). That was a surprise for me and the only reason why I did not buy the lens on that day. Further thoughts on this: the reason for its sharpness could be (i) sample variation, and/or (ii) on-camera calibration was needed.

    • Lladnar

      In lens stabilization involves components and design that can hinder IQ, at least that’s why Sigma doesn’t use it in their Art series lenses. I certainly wouldn’t avoid the lens over a 5% sharpness difference considering the VC would improve sharpness in low light conditions, nor would I be able to tell that low a difference in a store, would need to pixel peep in LR or C1 for that. Maybe it was a higher %?

      • Tieu Ngao

        5% is just an estimate, but the difference was easily visible when the photos were zoomed 100% (from the camera). A good prime lens should beat any zoom lens on sharpness.

  • MB

    In Europe Tamron 35mm was announced at twice the price of Nikon FX 35mm f1.8…
    In the meantime the price has fallen down significantly but still way more expensive than Nikon .., VR or not it just doesn’t sell…
    To have any chance of success Tamron must go under Nikon price …

    • Captain Megaton

      The Tamrons could be “worth” a premium price if optically they did something the Nikon lenses did not, and I guess “sharp wide open” is a selling point for some people. People who never stop down the aperture on their fast prime. You know who you are.

      I think they misjudged the market though. I for one have no interest. The lenses are too big and too expensive, and in return give me features that I would very rarely need or want to use.

  • Naacryl

    Not interested. The native options from Canon / Nikon are way better.

    • decentrist

      Don’t comment on something you’ve never used.

  • Sawyerspadre

    So realistically, why would anyone pay this kind of money for a third party lens, that is not likely any better than the Nikkor 50 1.8? Vibration reduction? I don’t find a lot of need for that on a 50…

    Seems like it should be $200, to sell. What am I missing?

    • TurtleCat

      Well, maybe you’re making too many assumptions about the lens… 🙂

    • decentrist

      There is no Nikkor 50mm that can best it..plus it has VC…You’ll use VC more than you think, because this focal length is perfect when you don’t know what to expect.

      • Sawyerspadre

        Do you have it? Educate me.

        • decentrist

          I have it, and I’ve owned every Nikkor 50mm from ai forward save for the 58mm f/1.4. The Tamron makes up for it’s size/weight with it’s unsurpassed resolution for center to edge wide open. I’ve used it on the D750/D810. The VC is middling in performance but will get the shot at high iso/low shutter speed(much easier on the D750). It has very pleasing,soft bokeh, unless you pixel peep and notice onion sphere’s at 100 percent or more. The rendering on this lens is very unlike the clinical look of the Sigma 50mm Art. It’s pin sharp at 1.8, but the background is much more like a portrait lens than the Sigma…sharp on plane yet dreamy fore and aft. For everday closeup work it has a very good close in minimum focus such that I use my 55/60mm macro lenses on fewer occasions. I would advise you to rent one or borrow from a shop as the color cast is somewhat warmer than the Nikkors, and if you are after color continuity throughout your kit, with a minimum amount of post, it may not work for you. At 200 bucks off it is a strong buy, given you consider the variables. For me, it’s a go-to lens when I head out the door, not knowing what lies ahead. I don’t know anything in that price range that can do so much and stand up to high MP sensors.

          • decentrist

            forgot to say, the focus is spot on, but languid! The Tap In module is super easy to use for firmware updates etc.

  • Spy Black

    Too bad the 85 doesn’t get rebates. 🙂

  • good deal actually since it has VC.

    • Captain Megaton

      $399 for the 45/1.8 is. The 35 mm is still over $500.

      Even the 45mm though, at the sale price, it kinda iffy: the Nikon 50/1.4 is only $50 more even if you insist on buying a new one.

      • once again VC

        • Captain Megaton

          Not an especially useful or relevant feature on a full frame f/1.8 standard or wide prime.

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  • decentrist

    the 45 is the better lens, the 35 is the more useful focal length

    • at a distance

      I am torn between the 35 and 45 to fit in between a 20 1.8 and 85 1.8. Why do you say the 45 is the better lens? DXO says the 35 is a touch sharper, it is smaller, and it has near macro close-focus ability. I am curious as to the basis of your opinion, since I would much prefer to pay 399 for the 45 over 569 for the 35.

      • decentrist

        Both are almost equal in performance. I have only had a sample of 2 on each lens. As I shoot more with a 24MP body than a 36MP, I tend not to crop as much. The 35 is indeed more flexible. I use a 24 f/1.8G/45VC/85VC, so that works for me. With a 20, I’d tend to find the middle at 35. I enjoyed the 35VC when I had it, and yes, it’s much better form factor. The 45VC is a bit of a boat anchor.

        • at a distance

          Thanks for the response. I shoot with a 36mp body, so tend to crop more. Hopefully they bring down the price on the 35mm. If not, 45 could work, too.

          • decentrist

            Either lens is a winner, you can’t lose…make sure to get a Tap In module,if for no other reason than firmware updates. It’s simple to use. Also get a US lens..Tamron customer service is very responsive if ever you need them.

  • Wait, I guess my question is, why would you buy the 45mm instead of the Nikon 50mm for half the price? Is there something that I’m missing? Is that 5 mm making a difference?

    • Captain Megaton

      You get vibration control and a lens design which is optimized for use wide open … which the 50/1.8G is not. That said I’d pick the 50/1.8G all the same. It’s smaller, lighter, cheaper and offers excellent overall performance.

    • Albert

      The bokeh of the Nikon is godawful

    • Neopulse

      I got the 45mm f/1.8 and given the price and modern trimmings, it’s well worth it over the nifty 50 at this price.

  • SpecialMan

    Why buy a lens at this focal length with VR? Because I often work in funky locations with unstable footing or around large groups. Also, at the end of a long shooting day I’m pretty sure that my hands aren’t as rock solid as they are at the beginning.
    Also handheld video.

  • Albert

    I have the Tamron 35, and it is by far my favorite lens for my D750. It is literally there all the time. Excellent focus, great sharpness edge-to-edge, nice bokeh, and the near-macro ability make it an insanely versatile lens. Love it, love it.

    That is the reason i don’t have the 45. it is simply too close to the 35 to really be useful. I would have been all over a 55 had they released one. That said, the 85 is on my Xmas list.

    • Jarret O’Shea

      I have the 85 and really like it. Watch out for the focus being off–way off–out of the box though. It’s apparently a common problem with the model. Mine needed something like a +/-17 (don’t remember if it was + or -) to get it calibrated correctly.

    • Neopulse

      Got the 45mm f/1.8 just 2 days ago (For Canon though). This lens definitely was wanting to own for some time now that I switched over from Sony.

      I prefer this lens over the 50mm f/1.4 especially at this price along with the nice modern trimmings like VC, build quality, resolution that it can resolve and weather sealing. At this price point you can’t go wrong.

  • Kob12

    The optional Tamron Tap-In console is required for lens calibration and firmware update. However, as one commenter mentioned on the B&H review page, only Tamron 45mm from a certain S/N are compatible out-of-the-box with the console (mid 2016 and on). Older lenses must be sent to Tamron service center for compatibility upgrade.

    About a month B&H support informed me that the 45mm lenses they carry would need to get serviced from Tamron if I want to use them with the Tap-In console, meaning B&H carries old stock.

    I wonder if this is still the case.

  • Mark Pitsilos

    Have tested a friend’s copy, very sharp and nice bokeh, however AF regularly locks up for him or shows focus confirmation when it’s off by several meters.

    Thought he might just have been unlucky so I decided to get one with the first rebate. My copy was terrible, wide open it is way softer than my friend’s copy and AF (which is already slow) has trouble nailing anything, especially wide open.

    I confirmed this with the Reikan FoCal software, where mine scores like 1600 in IQ rating wide open, compared to 2100 for my friend’s. My Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G scores 2000+ wide open.

    Sending mine back to B&H for a new one, think I’ll insist on a newer S/N if possible, since I read earlier copies are not compatible with the tap-in console.

    I really want to like Tamron, but this level of QA is frustrating. Additionally, I mailed them about the problem 2 days ago and haven’t received any response yet.

  • schusterfredl

    Got the 45 SP after reading this post, no regrets – totally awesome lens 🙂
    – as some pointed out, the autofocus is quite slow, but IQ is awesome!

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