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

29 June 2009
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros
  • well-made body with a metal bayonet,
  • excellent performance at the center of the frame at 10 mm,
  • good performance at the center of the frame for longer focal lengths (apart from the maximum aperture),
  • small chromatic aberration for the range 17-24 mm,
  • well-corrected astigmatism,
  • vignetting small, compared to competitors,
  • good work against bright light,
  • accurate autofocus.

Cons

  • poor image quality at the edge of the frame,
  • big chromatic aberration for the combination of maximum aperture and the shortest focal length,
  • visible coma,
  • autofocus too slow for this range of focal lengths.

On one hand we have no doubts that the new Tamron is better than its predecessor. It’s better in terms of focal lengths’ range, aperture and optical characteristics. We also have no doubt that it can easily enter the lists with the previous generation of ultra wide-angle lenses, so lenses like Canon 10-22 mm, Nikkor 12-24 mm, Sigma 10-20 mm or Tokina 10-24 mm.

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The trouble is, the market moved forward and Tamron 10-24 mm has to compete with other lenses now. We know that in comparison to Tokina 11-16 it has better focal length range, as aperture and optical characteristics are rather in favor of Tokina. Time and our tests will show how it will perform in comparison with the new Sigma 10-20 mm f/3.5 or Nikkor 10-24 mm.


Sample shots:


Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 24 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 19 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 12 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.6 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 15 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.7 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 24 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 3.8 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 17 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 3.7 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 24 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 3.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.2, exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 3.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 10 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.1 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 24 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/60 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.2, exp. 1/90 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 5.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 24 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/90 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.1 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 15 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/80 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 24 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/180 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 3.8 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 10 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/500 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.1 MB


Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 10 mm, f/11,
exp. 1/100 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.14 MB
Parameters: 10 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/400 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.11 MB
Parameters: 10 mm, f/3.5,
exp. 1/800 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.67 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 10 mm, f/3.5,
exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.54 MB
Parameters: 10 mm, f/3.5,
exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.30 MB
Parameters: 10 mm, f/3.5,
exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.85 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 10 mm, f/8,
exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.84 MB
Parameters: 10 mm, f/3.5,
exp. 1/400 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.55 MB
Parameters: 10 mm, f/11,
exp. 1/400 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.52 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 10 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.15 MB
Parameters: 10 mm, f/8,
exp. 1/400 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.90 MB
Parameters: 10 mm, f/11,
exp. 1/100 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.21 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 12 mm, f/4,
exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.44 MB
Parameters: 12 mm, f/8,
exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.93 MB
Parameters: 13 mm, f/11,
exp. 1/100 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.88 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 13 mm, f/4,
exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.08 MB
Parameters: 13 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.78 MB
Parameters: 15 mm, f/4,
exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 100
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.22 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 15 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 100
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.49 MB
Parameters: 15 mm, f/8,
exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 200,
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.13 MB
Parameters: 15 mm, f/4,
exp. 1/800 sec., ISO 200,
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.67 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 15 mm, f/8,
exp. 1/80 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.18 MB
Parameters: 15 mm, f/4,
exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.52 MB
Parameters: 15 mm, f/8,
exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.69 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 15 mm, f/4,
exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.82 MB
Parameters: 15 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/800 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.03 MB
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.2,
exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.10 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.30 MB
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.2,
exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.04 MB
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.44 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.2,
exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.12 MB
Parameters: 18 mm, f/11,
exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.62 MB
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.2,
exp. 1/1600 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.07 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.2,
exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.79 MB
Parameters: 18 mm, f/8,
exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.21 MB
Parameters: 19 mm, f/8,
exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.78 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 20 mm, f/4.5,
exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.67 MB
Parameters: 20 mm, f/11,
exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.23 MB
Parameters: 20 mm, f/4.5,
exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.84 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 20 mm, f/13,
exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.29 MB
Parameters: 20 mm, f/4.5,
exp. 1/1600 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.83 MB
Parameters: 20 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.03 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 24 mm, f/4.5,
exp. 1/400 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.01 MB
Parameters: 24 mm, f/8,
exp. 1/125 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.44 MB
Parameters: 24 mm, f/4.5,
exp. 1/800 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.45 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 24 mm, f/11,
exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.24 MB
Parameters: 24 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.37 MB
Parameters: 24 mm, f/4.5,
exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.79 MB
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Tamron SP AF 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Parameters: 24 mm, f/8,
exp. 1/400 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.28 MB
Parameters: 24 mm, f/4.5,
exp. 1/2500 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.0 MB
Parameters: 24 mm, f/11,
exp. 1/80 sec., ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.81 MB



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