Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD SP AF IF

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. Focusing itself was slower than the others on test, with a noticeable delay as the lens elements move within the lens – not a problem shooting landscapes, but not ideal for action shots or portraits. At 406g it’s quite a light lens but it maintains a sturdy build and a high-end feel which extends to the zoom and focus rings. Despite this robust build, it’s the most affordable, at just £374.

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD SP AF IF

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD SP AF IF

Verdict:

With an RRP of 406g it’s quite a light lens but it maintains a sturdy build and a high-end feel which extends to the zoom and focus rings.

Specification

  • Street price: £350 (Secondhand price as of June 2016)
  • Full frame or APS-C: APS-C
  • Lens mount: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax
  • Max aperture: f/3.5-4.5
  • Min aperture: f/22
  • Minimum focus distance: 24cm
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Weight: 406g
  • Visit: www.tamron.eu/uk

This review was first published in the September 2012 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.