After my recent outback trip, and ten days of carrying this heavy backpack, I decided something had to change. I was however at a loss as to what that change might be, and only having recently purchased the Sony 200-600mm and the Tamron 28-200mm travel lens, the thought of offloading them seemed crazy. The bigger question however was what exactly to replace, and with what?
At that moment, Tamron released their new 35-150mm F2.0-F2.8 lens, which sounded too good to be true, and several months prior to that they released the 150-500mm F5.0-F6.7 lens. The thought of these two lenses being able to replace several lenses was an itch I needed to look at scratching. I proceeded to watch every YouTube review on both lenses, particularly the 35-150mm as that would be my primary lens. I think to many peoples surprise, the 35-1500mm was proving to be an exceptional lens that performed far above any previous Tamron offering, and the Tamron 15-500mm it seemed was not too far behind. I am now very intrigued!
These two Tamron lenses did not come cheap, at around AUD$5,000 for the pair, but what they offer for that money simply cannot be beat when compared to the five lenses they replaced; Sony/Zeiss 55mm F1.8, Sony 85mm F1.4, Sony 200-600M F5.6, Sony 70-200mm F4.0 and the Tamron 28-200mm F2.8. Needless to say, I took the plunge and put all my faith in these two new lenses from Tamron, which was a big risk as I offloaded all five lenses PRIOR to buying the two new Tamron lenses. The reality was, that I was prepared to lose a little performance for the benefits of less gear to carry around.