Tamron 10-24mm lens review

Tamron 10-24mm F 3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD lens

Tamron is well known for introducing optical solutions in market with up –to-date features and technologies. Their lenses are very popular among photography professionals of different formats as well as general photography lovers.

If we take a look on available lens for APS-C format, we can easily find out that lens manufactures are not offering as much e.g. quality development as they are offering for other formats.Tamron with the help of its market knowledge found out that what exactly is missing in APS-C sphere: a stabilized, wide angle zoom with weather sealing and premium performance.

This void in APS-C sphere is also filled by Tamron when they introduced Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD lens coded as B023.

Product overview

This new lens of Tamron is successor to their Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD SP AF lens. It is equipped with DX-specific wide zooms to offer image stabilization for Nikon DSLR owners. 10-24mm VC HLD is fast ultra-wide angle zoom lens which is aesthetically designed and features Vibration Compensation (VC) technology, new HLD (High/Low torque-modulated Drive) focus motor for fast and quiet AF operation, full-time Manual Focus override, and a moisture construction.

 

Tamron 10-24mm F 3.5-4.5 Di II VC lens

Key aspects:

10-24mm lens brings many great facets for its users in economical price. Peeking a look on additional features and significantly improved aspects can help in better understanding of this lens.

Build quality

Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 VC is designed different from its predecessor. This lens is more aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly. It has soft matte finish that feels very nice and smooth in hand and looks great too.

The length of lens is slightly over 3 inches long, diameter is around 3.3 inches (83.8 mm), and features a 77mm filter thread. The lens weighs 440 grams with all compatible lens mounts. Tamron’s 10-24mm VC HLD is very lightweight and easy to handle in general.

Not only is it lightweight but it is also pretty small. The lens is an interesting balance between both metal and rubber.

One additional feature in this lens is moisture resistant cover. It enables user to use lens even in harsh environmental conditions such as rain. Easily detachable screw-on lens hood also comes with 10-24mm VC HLD. At the end of lens barrel, there is zoom ring.

It has rubberized finish and rotates very smoothly. On left side of barrel there are AF and VC switches. One very surprising built-in aspect of lens is that it do not change its size upon zooming in or out.

There are 16 lens elements in 11 groups in lens which is an improvement over the old predecessor with 12 elements in 9 groups. There is fluorine coating is on front lens element to help with cleaning dust, grease and smudges.

Image quality

This lens is helpful in attaining impressively sharp image quality for wide angle zoom lens. There is no quality loss throughout the aperture for center of image. But you can face disappointing and bland corner sharpness as aperture goes smaller.

At 10mm, a full frame body will show very strong mechanical vignette. There is noticeable vignette until you stop down. At around 13mm through 18mm, only the corners have hard shading and the shading increases slightly at 20 – 24mm.

Tamron added its Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Coating (BBAR). BBAR improve the optic’s light transmission. It also suppresses reflections and dispersion across the lens’ surface. Lens hardly show any issue with flare but chromatic aberrations are worst at wide open apertures. Under favorable conditions, 10-24mm offers a very soft background and nice bokeh.

TAP-IN Console

This lens can be used with Tamron’s TAP-IN Console. This helps to connect lens to computer via USB for easy data sharing and if needed, small adjustments to quality focus and image stabilization can be made with it.

Tamron 10-24 mm F 3.5-4.5 Di II VC lens

HLD and lens elements

This successor lens includes Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated drive motor). HLD significantly improved the speed and accuracy of AF. Tamron 10-24mm HLD includes more elements including 1 LD (low Dispersion), 1 XLD (Extra Low Dispersion), Aspherical and Hybrid Aspherical elements.

XLD element is new and it wasn’t present in first version of this product.

Vibration Compensation System (VC)

Tamron included VC in this lens for the first time in the format of APS-C. The Best thing is that Tamron was able to achieve this whilst hardly changing the size at all compared to the previous model. VC system enables to capture fine image results even in case of shakes and sudden movements.

It is highly advice to turn the VC system off when using a tripod to get better results.

Autofocus

Under different lighting conditions, incredible autofocus results are delivered by this lens. The Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD’s AF performance depends on what camera you’re using, but considering that it’s a wide angle lens it’s easy to get focus accuracy.

Specification:

  • Focal Length [mm]: 35mm equivalent focal length of 15-36mm on Nikon APS-C cameras
  • 35mm equivalent focal length of 16-38.4mm on Canon APS-C cameras
  • Maximum Aperture: F/3.5-4.5
  • Minimum Object Distance [m]: 0.24
  • Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:5.3
  • Filter Size: Φ77mm
  • Maximum Diameter: Φ83.6mm
  • Length: 84.6mm (3.3 in) for Canon
  • 82.1mm (3.2 in) for Nikon
  • Weight [g]: 440g or 15.5 ounces
  • Item No: B023
  • Groups-Elements: 16 elements in 11 groups
  • Angle of view (diagonal): 108°44-60°2
  • Diaphragm Blades: seven
  • Minimum Aperture: F/22-29
  • Diameter x Length [mm]: 83.6 x 84.6
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Standard Accessories: Front Cap, Lens hood
  • Compatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon


Pros:

  • Great build quality for the price
  • One molded glass Aspherical element
  • One low dispersion (LD) element
  • One extra low dispersion (XLD) element
  • Image stabilization feature works very well with this lens
  • Ultra wide angle for zoom
  • Fluorine coating
  • Autofocus system (AF)
  • Vibration compensation (VC) to reduce image distortion because of camera shakes
  • Compatible with Tamron’s TAP-in USB Console
  • Aspherical lens with large aperture and low dispersion element (LD)
  • Great- to handle shape
  • Weather sealing shield
  • Compact and lightweight

Cons:

  • Variable apertures
  • HLD motor is very noisy in video mode
  • Corners sharpness is very disappointing and bland
  • Distortions in wide end mode
  • Minor issues while focusing out
  • Fringing complaints in extreme circumstances
  • High edge CA
  • Low edge sharpness as aperture goes smaller
  • No option for in-camera corrections.

Conclusion

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD helps to capture ultra-wide views with its great qualities as well as gives useful experience with ergonomically user-friendly design. This lens is an appealing addition in APS-C SLR category. People who are considering of adding an ultra-wide zoom lens in their lens gallery should consider buying this lens.

In its category, this lens is inexpensive one than other available lens. Not only it is inexpensive but it offers sharp image quality, optical stabilization, weather shield for your lens and a lot more. Model B023 is a wide-angle zoom lens that covers am impressive large range of zoom.

This zoom range is also the largest focal length range in its class (35mm equivalent is 16mm to 37mm).

With refreshing new design, Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive), fluorine coating, VC stabilization and its lightweight, 10-24mm is an ideal lens for architecture photography.

Minor issues of corner distortions and low edge sharpness are there but in general it should be praised for its build quality, lightweight, offered variety in zoom, decent image quality, fast autofocus performance and compact size.

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