Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical
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Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II Lens
The Digital Picture
11 January 2011
Excerpt: The biggest advantage the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II Lens has over the other ultra-wide angle lenses is its price. The 10-24's USA price varies based on the amount of the rebate that, at review time, is typically available for it - but a $50-$100 price advantage over the next-most inexpensive lens, the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC Lens is not unusual.
Conclusion: The SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) is Tamron's second attempt at a wide angle zoom for DX cameras, and it certainly looks as though this time the company has come up with a more compelling product than its older 11-18mm. The new lens offers a more useful zoom range - the additional wide angle capability is welcome, and while that 1mm difference may not sound much at first, it's significant in practice (109º vs 103º diagonal angle of view).
Pros: Equal widest angle in its class, and largest zoom range (by a whisker), Low distortion, Generally good resistance to flare
Cons: Soft wide open (low local contrast), Soft corners at all focal lengths and apertures, Wide diameter lens hood takes up lots of space in a bag
Excerpt: The Tamron 10-24mm offers a large focal range and a variable f/3.5-4.5 aperture. However, it doesn't offer a built-in focusing motor and emits some buzzes and whirs while focusing. The lack of an AF motor also means that it won't be able to autofocus when mounted on Nikon bodies without their own AF motors.
Summary: The Tamron 10-24mm is a worthy wide angle option. It will suite both landscape and building photographers. There's minimal distortion and it's competently sharp across the focal lengths. It's not brilliant fully open, but more than adequate for most users. I can see this being the kit lens of estate agent photographers as the range is perfect for the standard exterior shot and will cope with most interiors too.
Pros: Lighter weight, Wide zoom range, Price
Cons: Noisy zoom (possibly just our review model), Small amount of chromatic aberration at the extremes of the frame, Slightly soft when shooting into the sun.
Summary: Disse problemene har Tamrons designere bare i et visst omfang klart å få bukt med – for uansett blenderåpning kan det være temmelig vanskelig å få helt knivskarpe bilder. Dessverre er fokuseringen upresis, så skarphetsplanet vil ikke alltid ligge nøyaktig der man tror man har lagt det. Resultatet er at objektivet altså ikke direkte imponerer med ekstremt skarpe bilder. Detaljgraden er i og for seg i orden, men kantskarpheten er sett bedre både hos Canon og Sigma.
Excerpt: Disse problemer har Tamrons designere kun i et vist omfang formået at få bugt med – for uanset blændeåbningen kan det være vanskeligt at få helt knivskarpe fotos. Desværre er fokuseringen upræcis, så skarphedsplanet kommer ikke altid til at ligge nøjagtigt der, hvor man tror, man har lagt det. Resultatet er, at objektivet altså ikke ligefrem imponerer med ekstremt skarpe billed er.