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Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 VC Long Term Review

Dustin Abbott

July 6th, 2020

In 2020 I’ve been doing a series of long term review of lenses that have managed to stay in my own personal kit for years on end.  I evaluate these lenses using my current review techniques and with the unique insight that comes with knowing how well the lenses have held up to real world use and how they compare to more recent releases.  I’ve recently run through that process with the Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 VC USD lens.  The Tamron was the first 85mm lens that I’ve tested that had a built-in image stabilizer, and, since its release in 2016, I’ve only reviewed one other 85mm lens with a stabilizer (the Canon EF 85mm F1.4L IS), so this remains a unique feature.  So how has the Tamron held up, and how does it compare to more recent alternatives?  You can watch my video review here or just check out the long term photos below.

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Photos taken with the Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 VC

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