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TamronSP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras
 
4.5

(based on 153 reviews)

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    (95)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (102)
  • Easily interchangeable (83)
  • Consistent output (70)
  • Durable (58)
  • Lightweight (54)

Cons

  • Heavy (14)
  • Slow focus (13)
  • Blurry focus (7)
  • Poor in low light (7)
  • Difficult to clean (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (105)
  • Low light (35)
  • Weddings (35)
  • Night photography (17)
  • Sports/action (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (52), Semi-pro photographer (40), Casual photographer (21), Pro photographer (13), Enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (101), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tamron 10-24 Sweet

I started doing real estate photography. The outfit I work with requires that I be able to shoot with a 10mm focal length. Based on the available products and features, the choice came...Read complete review

I started doing real estate photography. The outfit I work with requires that I be able to shoot with a 10mm focal length. Based on the available products and features, the choice came down to two, Nikkor or Tamron. I chose the Tamron mostly for price as the Nikkor was significantly more expensive. So far I have no regrets about my choice.

The lens is small and light. It also passes my most important test, it does what it is supposed to! My regular go to lens is a Nikkor 28-300. I thought how much more can I get with the extra 14mm? The simple answer A LOT! At 10 mm, the Tamron's field of view is a full thirty five degrees greater. How much of a difference it makes became very clear the first time i used the lens.

I took a photo walk around a nearby town. Yes it took a few shots to start getting used to the characteristics of this lens. What blew me away was where I needed to be relative to my subject in order to capture the image I wanted. As an example, I decided to take a few shots of the county courthouse building. Normally I would have needed to be well out in the street in front of the building to get it all. With this lens, I had to keep moving closer to get only the courthouse I wanted (see attached photo 1).

The images I'm getting are clear and sharp. The lens works beautifully with my D7000.

The other interesting characteristic of this lens at 10mm is distortion. Having that wide a field of view definitely causes distortions. There isn't much I can do to avoid the problem as that's how the optics/physics of these lenses work. In some cases the effect creates very interesting images (see attached photo 2). In others there is a need to flatten and straighten images. Lightroom and Photoshop have plenty of tools that simplify that task.

10mm is about the shortest focal length available without going fish eye. This is clearly an ultra wide angle lens. I can't wait to use it in some big outdoor/nature shots.

Another nice thing is that this lens has a 77mm filter thread. I'm not planning on needing to use a lot of filters with it, but should I need to my existing filters are the same size.

The bottom line on this lens is that it has so far definitely been worth the money. It works well and is reliable and easy to use. I can't talk about how rugged and durable it is but expect that it will hold up for years to come.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wide Angle Homerun By Tamron

As every good consumer in this economy does, I did my homework and research to find the best wide angle lens that also incorporated reasonable pricing. The result was my purchase of the Tamron...Read complete review

As every good consumer in this economy does, I did my homework and research to find the best wide angle lens that also incorporated reasonable pricing. The result was my purchase of the Tamron 10-24 DI II.
This lens is not touted specifically as a "pro" lens, and on the contrary some say it is geared more toward amateur, but all things being equal, I decided to try it. Taking it out on the NYC streets for a test run, focus seems to be a bit of an issue, and I noticed it does well focusing in daylight/ sunlight, while it tends to struggle in lower light situations. I found myself trying to compensate in low light by "tricking" it into focal submission wherever possible, and finally having to switch at times to manual. I noticed this same issue with my Tamron 18-270.
There is some softness at the edges and barreling when opened up to 10mm, but nothing that makes me discount it as a better than average wide-angle lens, which would be my overall analysis. The internal motor for the focus is quick, albeit somewhat inconsistant, but the lens accomplished the type of landscape-tall-building-long-street shots I wanted to get. And you can't beat the price.

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1.0

What a letdown!

By SoCal Snapper

from San Diego, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Distorted Images
  • Poor in Low Light
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Paperweight

Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

I bought this lens from a local dealer based on their raving reviews. This lens is awful. I've shot it on 4 occasions now in various locations & settings -- indoors, outdoors, sunny, cloudy, landscapes and architecture -- and i have not been pleased with a single shot. I took roughly 500 shots on my D7200 and not a single one came out sharp. Reviews said the sweet spot is f/8 to f/10, and can confirm that was the best quality, but it's still lacking in every way. Chromatic aberration is highly noticeable, as was the distortion in the corners and across the entire shot. Sure you could fix some of this in photoshop, but who wants to re-touch every single image?? I HIGHLY suggest you look to the Sigma equivalent or even better, save your money and get the Nikon. I will not be buying another Tamron.

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2.0

Terrible sharpness and distortion

By Kurisuhoyin

from Kyoto, Japan

Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

I don't really get all the good reviews on this lens. Yes this is a affordable wide angle lens. But the sharpness this lens provides is terrible; the distortion is a disaster if u shoot vertically. I guess for the price, this is the widest lens u could get but other than that, I would not recommend this.

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5.0

WIDE ANGLE

By 2 Liter

from Baltimore

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Focus Fast

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

    Used the lens at a party. Wide angle worked well at close range.

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    5.0

    glad I got it

    By Former studio owner

    from Colorado Springs, CO

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

        The zoom lens is great for the interior photographs of rooms. Image is sharp and the zoom allows me to control what I want in the image.

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        5.0

        I would purchase this again !

        By Lani

        from Brenham ,Texas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

          We have been renovating a house and this has been the perfect lens for keeping track of all the updates room to room !

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Tamron 10-24 Sweet

          By JohnFeist

          from Hillsborough, NJ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Ultra Wide Angle

            Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

            I started doing real estate photography. The outfit I work with requires that I be able to shoot with a 10mm focal length. Based on the available products and features, the choice came down to two, Nikkor or Tamron. I chose the Tamron mostly for price as the Nikkor was significantly more expensive. So far I have no regrets about my choice.

            The lens is small and light. It also passes my most important test, it does what it is supposed to! My regular go to lens is a Nikkor 28-300. I thought how much more can I get with the extra 14mm? The simple answer A LOT! At 10 mm, the Tamron's field of view is a full thirty five degrees greater. How much of a difference it makes became very clear the first time i used the lens.

            I took a photo walk around a nearby town. Yes it took a few shots to start getting used to the characteristics of this lens. What blew me away was where I needed to be relative to my subject in order to capture the image I wanted. As an example, I decided to take a few shots of the county courthouse building. Normally I would have needed to be well out in the street in front of the building to get it all. With this lens, I had to keep moving closer to get only the courthouse I wanted (see attached photo 1).

            The images I'm getting are clear and sharp. The lens works beautifully with my D7000.

            The other interesting characteristic of this lens at 10mm is distortion. Having that wide a field of view definitely causes distortions. There isn't much I can do to avoid the problem as that's how the optics/physics of these lenses work. In some cases the effect creates very interesting images (see attached photo 2). In others there is a need to flatten and straighten images. Lightroom and Photoshop have plenty of tools that simplify that task.

            10mm is about the shortest focal length available without going fish eye. This is clearly an ultra wide angle lens. I can't wait to use it in some big outdoor/nature shots.

            Another nice thing is that this lens has a 77mm filter thread. I'm not planning on needing to use a lot of filters with it, but should I need to my existing filters are the same size.

            The bottom line on this lens is that it has so far definitely been worth the money. It works well and is reliable and easy to use. I can't talk about how rugged and durable it is but expect that it will hold up for years to come.

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            5.0

            Love this Lens!

            By Blackbird

            from Florida

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

              Having grown tired of the "standard 18mm" width, I had to break out. I was missing way too much. I really weighed the Sigma 10-20 against this Tamron and I am so glad I went Tamron 10-24. It is like falling in love with photography all over again. The hard part is taking it off and using a normal lens from time to time. Now I know what I have been missing in my quest for creative photography. Bang for the buck, this lens is clean, responsive and true! Not to mention, just plain fun. Check the pricing on the "Big Names" for this lens, for $[$]I have no cons to give you. I love it. Just watch where that sun is... it will flare by its nature.

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              5.0

              I love this lens!

              By RLiBrandi

              from Harrisburg, PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Artisticperspective
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

              I got this lens primarily to open up my landscape photography field of view. I received the lens during one of the worst (weather-wise)winters I can remember and haven't ventured outside for long enough to try this lens out with landscapes yet. I have, however, found that playing with perspective shots is a whole lot of fun! This lens is well-built and feels very sturdy and operates very smoothly. Focus is nice and fast and accurate. I really like the range of this lens. It is very versatile!

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              4.0

              well made extra wide lens

              By daydrmr118

              from chester, ny

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

              aperature a little smaller than i wanted but this was perfect for me to take interior photographs of my own design work.

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              4.0

              Great Value and Useful Focal Range

              By soleful2001

              from Pleasant Garden NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Great value

              Cons

              • Focus Ring Sticks

              Best Uses

              • Ideal For Closein Subject
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

              This lens is what I keep on my camera most of the time. I find that this lens is very useful for events. I have used this lens on numerous assignments in tight places and find that I can get the shots my customers like. The 10-24mm zoom range is excellent for the type of shooting I do.
              I also enjoy using this lens outdoors in landscapes, exaggerated perspective at close in 10mm is a lot of fun to experiment with. I have used this lens on thousands of images since 2009, and have had to send it in to Tamron once when the aperture mechanism failed. Tamron fixed it at no charge in less than a 5 day turn-around.
              Service from Tamron, and the value this lens presents, you cannot find a better value.
              Cons: The autofocus is outdated a USM would be fantastic improvement.
              In manual focus, the focus ring is imprecise and not entirely smooth.

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              5.0

              i recommend it

              By Jair

              from Brazil

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                too easy

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                5.0

                This lens is value for the money!

                By alicjen

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                  I use this on my Nikon D7100 for wide-angle photos and the images come out sharp and clear. There are better lenses out there but this is good value for the money.

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                  5.0

                  10mm wide angle lens

                  By Retlaw

                  from Woods CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                      There is practicly no distortion in this lens.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      New Favorite Lens

                      By ByKaraHarms

                      from Minneapolis, MN

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                      I use this at weddings and it is so great for big groups, ceremony and reception shots

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                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Uhmmmm, okay!

                      By Koalao

                      from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Tough To Attach
                      • Weak Casing

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                      I use it indoor and sometimes outdoor. Its aewesome that it is 10-24mm,...amazing, but the image quality is not the best that you can get. If you need detail on objects that arent that close from the lens, you wont get it. For closer objects the image is clear.

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By no

                      from California

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                          Great lens. Lives up to all specifications I expected.

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                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          10-24mm

                          By Edy

                          from Colombia

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Difficult to Clean
                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                          Gran angular de alta calidad

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                          (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Low Distortion Lens

                          By Toxictabasco

                          from NV

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Video

                            Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                            This is an update for my past review. After shooting several thousand shots with this lens in various situations/conditions, and doing more research on it I found this lens has some of the lowest barrel distortion (2.0 percent) compared to other wide angle zooms. Also, the TTL metering is accurate in all exposure modes (Point, Matrix, Wide, Auto).And the focus ring concerns I had are now dismissed. I accidently turned it a few times while in AF mode, and no issues. Thus, I give this lens a 5 star.As for the bad: the images are soft on the wide 10mm side up to 14mm, at f/3.5 to f/5. But I fix post processing with singe file HDR. This is my favorite most used lens. 5 stars.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens! Great value!

                            By Astromonkey

                            from Maui, Hawaii

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                                Not as much distortion at its widest as I expected. This lens is a great way to get introduced into the world of wide angles without breaking the bank!

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                                4.0

                                Wide...Very Wide.

                                By Toxic Tabasco

                                from Nevada

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Wide Angle Zoom Range

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography
                                • Video

                                Comments about Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                                I favor wide angle lens over other lens because of the types of shooting I do. And I use a crop sensor D3200. This wide angle zoom is great for indoors, landscapes, night, and walk around street photography. It covers one of the largest ranges of all wide angle zoom lens'. With a crop sensor camera the Tamron 10-24mm covers ranges, similar to a 14mm-35mm on a full frame. At 10mm zoom there is a lot of distortion; objects near the edges are stretch. However, it does not have the barrel effect like a fisheye. At 14mm zoom to 24mm zoom distortion is not noticeable. Also, auto focus is not that important if you shoot landscape or night, because of the huge depth of field and close distance infinity of this lens. I mostly use the manual focus, and turn the AF ring to the infinity stop. Also, from the reviews I see all over the net, this is known to be a good DSLR video lens.

                                Another great thing is the ZOOM ability. I can make fast adjustments to go super wide 10mm with distortion, to 16mm to 24mm angle without distortion, and not need to change lens. This zoom lens covers a large wide angle range.

                                On the down side, the gears for auto focus (AF) can be damaged if you're holding the lens on the focus ring and the camera starts trying to AF. The focus ring is fixed to gears in the lens. That is good if you do a lot of manual focusing: you use the infinity stop without looking through the viewfinder. But, it is bad if you do a lot of auto focusing at close range and put on-going resistance on the AF ring a lot.

                                Another down side it the huge distortion at 10mm to 13mm. But then again that is within fisheye range, and it is to be expected. But, post processing can fix a lot of the distortion. And, distortion can be beneficial if you have creative composition skills.

                                Overall, I like this lens a lot. I would have given it 5 stars, but the possibility of the AF breaking has me worried. As for sharpness and colors, it will never exceed or meet the ability of prime lenses. But for a wide angle zoom, it does a great job, not a superior job, but a great job for a lot less than other wide angle zoom. It's like having a wide angle and a 35mm all in one.

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