About a week ago, browsing some photos and I came across a few pictures that intrigued me. All of them were shot with a 35mm lens and I thought, I need one of these in my bag to complement my 50mm. I sat down on the computer to look at some different models and the one that caught my eye was the Canon 35mm f/2 IS, specifically for the IS option. I went into the store but they didn't have any in stock but they showed me the new Tamron lens. I tested out both of them for quite a while and honestly I was hesitant about the Tamron because it was still so new and not many reviews were on youtube. I decided to try the Tamron knowing I had 30 days to exchange it.
One week later and I've been using this lens a lot and I must say I am very pleased with the performance. The build quality is excellent, made mostly of metal all the way down to the filter threads. The focus ring has a nice weighted, smooth, medium throw to it. Very good quality AF and VC switches are on the side and the lens designed overall has a very minimalistic look to it, similar to that of the new Sigma lenses. Weighing in at 480g, this lens is pretty heavy and large on my 6D. The autofocus is very nice as well, not the fastest lens out there but good enough for general use.
In terms of image quality, the photos taken show good contrast and its especially sharp even wide open at f/1.8. The booked is that nice smooth and creaminess that we all love. This also makes a great macro lens with the minimum focusing distance coming in at 7.9 inches. The VC allows me to shoot as low as 1/6th second and still getting sharp images.
Now to the bad. This lens does focus slower in low light but its not too bad. Chromatic aberrations are also more noticeable but with lightroom, this is easily corrected.
Overall, with a $599 price tag, I think this is a great 35mm option on the market and was well worth my money. I would definitely recommend this is you find image stabilization valuable and you want great sharpness wide open. The Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC gets two thumbs up for me!
I've added some samples images above showcasing this lens.
Also, make sure you check out my video review on Youtube