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  • HD10

    The substantial discount of the Tamon 45mm f/1.8 VC relative to its list price and even against the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC indicates that it may not be selling as well. Any feedback from those who bought the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC?

    • Ed Hassell

      Thom Hogan has said that it is a better choice than any of the Nikkor 50mm lenses and has vibration control as a bonus. Tamron could be using it as a loss leader…. just a thought.

      • HD10

        I have recommended the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC to a friend for the same reason in lieu of a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G.

    • Sunil Thakkar

      it’s a great lens… sharp, lovely bokeh, good with back light in comparison to the Nikon 50mm 1.8… however, the focus speed is very slow…. the tamron 35mm is much better…

      • HD10

        Thanks. Strange that the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC focuses significantly slower than the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC.

      • Kob12

        Interesting that you find the bokeh lovely. I though that it looked like (seeing many pictures) as out-of-focus mushy pea soup – very unpleasant. The onion rings of light sources, on the other hand, did not bother me much.

      • BruceWayne

        I agree that it doesn’t focus well in low light and is a little slower that I would like but the quality of the lens overall is good enough for me to justify the price.

    • CG462

      Everything I’ve seen has been extremely positive.

    • Vinnypimages

      I have the 35mm along with the Sigma Art it’s a fairly recent purchase and I did give it some thought. I am very happy even if it is a bit heavier than I would like for my use of it but the VR and 1.8 mean it adds a handheld option for pretty low light. 35mm for that, gives a slight edge over 45mm.
      I have 2 50mm lenses and neither of them get much use because it is seldom a focal length that I chose, they get thrown in the bag as a just in case GP fast prime so I am not sure the Tamron’s extra weight is worth it there.

      • HD10

        Thanks for the feedback.

        Personally, I have preferred 20mm (1.8G), 35mm (1.4G) 85mm (1.4G and 1.8G) 135mm (ZF.2) and 200mm (2.0G) focal length.

        I have the 24mm (1.4G), 28mm (1.8G) and 50mm (1.8G) but these do not see as much use as the others mentioned earlier.

        The price of the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC makes it an attractive buy but given my disinclination to get the 58mm f/1.4G and the 50mm f/1.4G as these may see little use, I think I should refrain from getting this one.

        • KnightPhoto

          Always nice to see/hear how others mix/match their primes. For me right now I’ve started with the 58G and going to add the 105E and maybe that new 28E as a companion set of Nikon Arts 😉

          I used to have many of the various D primes from 50mm up but they got sold along the way to fund the f/2.8 zooms.

          • HD10

            I had considered the Nikkor 105mm f1.4E but I prefer the 135mm focal length so will await Nikon’s release at this focal length. In the meantime, the Nikkor 85mm f1.4G and the Zeiss 135mm f2 serves me very well.

    • Harsh Patel

      Think practical,the 1st party f/1.8 50mm lenses are much cheaper than this 45mm,even f/1.4 versions are at 60-70% of its price,at least in my country. So many people choose them over this. In case of full frame 35mm,tamron lens is already around base price in the entire lineup. I have a 50 1.8G & Tamron’s 35mm is in my wish list. Performance wise I have seen reviews & both of them are performing pretty much equal & wonderful 🙂

      • HD10

        Good point. Interesting though that Tamron has not discounted its 85mm f/1.8 VC ($750) even if that is more expensive than the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G ($480) and the the Nikkor being a superlative lens. I have the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G but still got a 1.8G because it can easily hold its own against its f/1.4G brethren.

    • decentrist

      it’s an optically superior lens, that falls in a range that is occupied by cheap primes. The 1.4s in that range, unlike the Tamron, have no VC and are soft wide open

  • Kob12

    Some notes FYI:

    1. About 3 months ago I was interested in the 45mm F1.8 VC. There are some S/N which are not compatible with the USB gizmo they sell to perform firmware UD and calibration. Those S/N must be sent to the Tamron office for a FW update so they will be compatible with the USB gizmo.

    2. I inquired at B&H, and was told that their stock falls in that out-of-the-box incompatible S/N range.

    3. Sent email to Tamron USA asking for shipping procedure to get a unit upgraded – no response. Sent again after 3 weeks – no response. Contacted the Japanese headquarter – they were surprised that I got no reponse and asked me to try to contact the USA office again. I did – no response. I gave up on the lens.

    • HD10

      Very valuable feedback. Thank you.

    • Chris

      Strange, I emailed since I had the old version. My unit was among first couple hundred based on Serial # (00227). Their response was very fast. Sent my unit in and turnaround was within their guaranteed period. You might want to check spam box or call directly.

      • Kob12

        Thanks for the feedback. The address I emailed to was correct (also verified by the Japanese head office). The problem was not at my end – guaranteed. They may have a misconfigured and aggressive protection filter that rejects emails coming from non-US IP addresses (me) without auto responders to warn the sender to that effect.

        • Chris

          Then you should call instead.

    • decentrist

      total bs, they pick up the phone, and a person will talk to you and help you

  • Alex Noho

    Too bad 70-200mm G2 is not on the list :(, I wanted to buy one so badly.

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    • decentrist

      note to self…they are selling well

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