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Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 VXD: Travel Worthy?

Dustin Abbott

January 6th, 2022

The excitement was palpable from the moment that Tamron first introduced the idea of their newest lens, a lens that busts genres and gives Tamron another “world’s first”.  That lens is the Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 Di III VXD.  Let’s give you a little help with what all of those letter mean in the name in case you don’t speak “Tamron”.  Di III is the designation that Tamron uses for mirrorless mounts (in this case Sony FE).  VXD refers to the focus motor employed here (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), which is currently Tamron’s most premium autofocus system.  Traditionally the two major professional full frame zooms are the 24-70mm and 70-200mm F2.8 lenses, a pairing that Tamron has long had on other platforms.  I’ve shot plenty of weddings and events with a 24-70 on one camera and a 70-200 on the other.  The new 35-150mm is a genre-buster first in that it combines the heart of both of those zooms into one, going from 35mm:

…to 150mm:

I was extremely positive about the Tamron 35-150mm in my initial review, though I concluded that I viewed it more as a supremely versatile event and portrait lens rather than a travel lens.  I continued to get a lot of questions about the 35-150 as a travel lens, though, so I thought I would put it to the test as my primary lens for a recent trip to Arizona (Scottsdale/Phoenix area).  I supplemented it with the compact Samyang/Rokinon 24mm F1.8 for wider angle shots, and I chronicled my findings in this video:

This gallery allows you to see the different types of photos that I was able to take with the lens while traveling.  The lens is heavier and larger than optimal for a travel lens, but the versatility of the focal range and the aperture range allowed me to shoot a variety of different genres with great results.

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The photos shown here are from a retail copy of the lens that I purchased from Tamron. As always, this is a completely independent review.  The opinions here are completely my own.  *The tests and most of the photos that I share as a part of my review cycle have been done with the new Sony Alpha 1 which will serve as my benchmark camera for the foreseeable future (my review here).



Family and Candids

Landscapes and Nature

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