For Sony shooters, Tamron has been a great option if you are looking for cheaper alternatives to the native Sony glass and that’s great. But with the Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8, Tamron has done something really special, and I think a lot of people are very excited about it.
Tamron 35-150 F/2-2.5 Review
Tamron has definitely done something different with this lens than what we’ve seen in some of their other lenses. This lens doesn’t feel like a cheap or a budget option but feels premium instead. It is meant to stand up against the Sony G Master or Sigma Art lenses in my opinion.
The materials Tamron has used, actually remind me a lot of the Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8 Art lens. It’s less plastic-y than other Tamron lenses and the zoom and focus ring has a much nicer feel to them. They are smooth and responsive yet there’s still a nice amount of tension and physical feedback from the rings themselves.
Extra Options in Tamron 35-150 F/2-2.5 Lens
We have got some other options that you see on some other premium lenses like a lock so that your barrel doesn’t creep on you. You’ve got a manual focus toggle switch and three custom buttons. On top of that, you’ve got a new three-way custom switch that changes what the custom buttons do and a USB C input that allows you to do some really cool things.
This lens is also weather-sealed with a gasket on the back as well as weather sealing on several other points including USB type-C which a lot of people ask about in the last post. So, for those shooting in hard weather, you should be well covered.
Now with premium feel, wide zoom range and impressive aperture shows that this lens is fairly large and heavy. It’s definitely bigger than the 24-70 and quite a bit heavier too. The barrel does extend when you zoom and we’ve got an 82mm filter thread, so it’s quite a bit wider than the typical 67mm thread that we’ve been seeing on other Tamron lenses.
When I was out shooting with it, the size and weight was definitely something that I couldn’t ignore, but it didn’t feel unbalanced or burdened necessarily. For long shoots and long walk-around days, I think it is a bit tiring and it definitely isn’t compact or inconspicuous by any means.