Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF)

Last updated (01 November’11):
– Review by SLRGear

The Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) features 10-24mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-4.5. The lens construction has 12 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 108°44′-60°20′. Closest focusing distance at 0.24m (9.4″) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) lens weighs 406g (14.3oz.) and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 3.9 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“Its optical performance is very good: nice and sharp at 10mm, except in the extreme corners and good tolerance to CA (again, except in the corners). Distortion is a little high – fairly typical for wide-angle lenses – and corner shading is a bit high, as well. Both of these can be solved in post-processing, though..”
rating: N/A

Shutterbug reviews the Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“The max aperture is f/3.5 at the widest setting, and although one should refrain from shooting at this aperture due to some edge softness unless reasonable ISO settings have been exhausted, it is also possible to get some impressive out of focus backgrounds effects if your are close enough to the foreground subject.”
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Lenstip reviews the Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“Autofocus is not demonic fast either. It takes it noticeably more than one second to go through the entire scale, slightly faster from the minimum distance to the infinity than the other way round.”
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Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“The fact that the MTF curves are now improved has lifted the lens’s Feature score (because all focal lengths are now usable in the critical f/5.6 to f/11 range) and similarly its Image Quality score but Overall Performance remains unchanged precisely because a retest was needed”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“The Tamron 10-24mm has what I’d expect for distortion: plenty of barrel (bulging) distortion at the widest end, and less barrel distortion at the least wide end. This can be corrected by plugging these figures into Photoshop CS2’s lens distortion filter.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photozone reviews the Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“on the other hand the center resolution is very high and stopped down the border and even corner resolution reaches levels, which are probably sufficient for most use cases. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ephotozine reviews the Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“At the widest aperture (top pair) some detail is lost on the score sheet as it’s out of the range covered by the depth-of-field, but look at the volume button. There’s nothing wrong with shaprness here. And, if anything, it’s a touch better than the Pentax. And then stopped down, so depth-of-field ensures everything is sharper, shows that at close range with fine detail this Tamron is a real competent performer.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) User Reviews

Love the lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I purchased this lens back in December 08, and I love it, when I go out to shoot landscapes this is the only lens I take. Its very sharp even at the extreme edges of the picture and the colors are very vibrant. “ – by Steven Vargas

Great lens for the price, | Rating: ★★★★★
“..It was sharp enough for my needs – A bit soft wide open, but I never shoot wide angle lenses wide open. F/8 looks near perfect to me on all edges and corners, with some slight color fringing that I REALLY had to look to see. The edges are occasionally soft, but I have only noticed this when I am pixel peeping…” – by Michael C. Jackson

Good lens, reasonable price | Rating: ★★★★☆
“At 10mm it is sharp (which is expected) with only a little chromatic aberration on the edges to deal with (Photoshop Raw deals with this fine). Vignetting was much less than I expected it to be.” – by Dennis Mabrey

Great for the price, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Compared this to the Nikon 10 – 24 lens and the Tamron held up very well. One lens was slightly better in one category and the other was better in some but I can’t justify the price you have to pay for the Nikon.. Tamrons quality control is much better than Sigma otherwise I might have tried the Sigma version of this lens.” – by M. McLaughlin

Wonderful! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Teamed with my D90, I can take pictures of even tight bathrooms. The photos do show quite a bit of fish-eye effect at 10mm, but I personally like the artistic look of it. There is much less of this effect from the 15-25mm range, so if you don’t want the distortion, and have room to back up, then that makes this lens that much more versatile. Sum up: Fantastic lens for the money! CLEAR photos. Sturdy construction. This one is a winner!” – by Harrison Koch

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Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Specifications

The ultimate extended-range, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens! Wider and longer than others in its class, this compact, lightweight, high-performance lens for DSLRs with APS-C size sensors provides 35mm equivalent coverage from 16mm ultra-wide to 37mm semiwide, a remarkable 2.4X zoom ratio. With a maximum coverage of over 108°, this state-of-the-art classic is the perfect solution for expanding your visual horizons.

This ultra wide-angle zoom lens for digital SLR cameras, with the first-ever focal length range of 10-24mm-the 35mm equivalent of 16mm ultra wide-angle to 37mm semi-wide-angle-is a perfect tool for creating dramatic landscape, cityscape,a nd seascape imagery. At the ultra wide-angle setting, you’ll be able to capture vistas beyond what the eye can see. At the semi-wide-angle setting, you’ll capture scenes with angles of view almost as spectacular.

SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II Features

Lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers and inherit all of the benefits of our Di products. These lenses are not designed for conventional cameras and digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.

Super Performance (SP) for Discriminating Shooters
Tamron SP (Super Performance) series is a line of ultra-high-performance lenses designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. In creating SP lenses Tamron’s optical designers put their foremost priority on achieving superior performance parameters—they are all designed to a higher standard with little regard for cost constraints. As a result, Tamron lenses bearing the SP designation feature impressive and innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence among those knowledgeable photographers that demand the very best.

Internal Focus (IF)
Internal focusing (IF) provides numerous practical benefits to photographers including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarizing and graduated filters, and more predictable handling because the lens length does not change during focusing. Even more important, Tamron’s Internal Focusing (IF) system provides a much closer minimum focusing distance (MFD) throughout its entire focusing range. In addition, IF improves optical performance by minimizing illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.

Low Dispersion (LD)
Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely lowdispersion index, has less of a tendency to separate (defract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colors. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the center of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)

Aspherical Elements (ASL) Provide the Ultimate in Image Quality and Compactness)
Tamron uses several hybrid aspherical lens elements in many lenses bearing the Aspherical designation. These innovative optics allow us to achieve the ultimate in image quality, and at the same time produce lenses that offer remarkable zoom ranges in extraordinarily compact packages. By perfecting theses cutting-edge advances for series production, Tamron has advanced the state of optical design, and virtually eliminated spherical aberration and image distortion from the high-power-zoom series.Through the effective application of Hybrid Aspherical Technology, one lens elemen tcan take the place of multiple elements without compromising performance. This is what allows us to produce remarkably compact long-range lenses that deliver a uniformly high level of image quality at all focal lengths and apertures.

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