This is the first lens review I’ve ever undertaken here at RAW, so I’m very excited to review a lens that has some sort of purpose. You don’t by an UWA (ultra wide angle) for the fun of it. You usually have some sort of specific need such as you want to shoot landscape, seascapes, cityscapes etc…
For someone like me that mainly shoots around the 80-85mm focal length (thats a 50mm on a cropped body), I would of course shoot panoramas to get all my scene in. I still shoot panoramas however it’s quite time consuming and sometimes you want to just be able to walk up to a building and get it all in. This is where the UWA’s step in, and in my case the Tamron 10-24mm lens.
Tamron are not the only ones that make a UWA lens, there are a lot out there these days however Tamron as far as I know are the only ones that go to 24mm at the telephoto end. Most seem to finish around 20mm. I’ve found that extra reach to really come in handy. Especially when shooting the coastline and having to worry about waves etc… I know I could change lenses and move further back but changing a lens down at the beach while the wind is blowing quite strongly, as it does here in Western Australia, is probably not the best idea. I’ve just found the 10-24mm a really workable range.
A word on the variable aperture
There are some UWA’s with fixed aperture and that are also faster. We’ll when you shoot wide angle don’t expect to get any sort of bokeh. So for me the variable aperture really isn’t a problem. Shooting what I shoot with it I’m usually around the f8/11 area unless I need to stop it down to get some silky water. By the way this lens goes down to f32, however diffraction is a problem, but nothing a little post processing wizardry can’t fix. I do recommend you shot around f8-f11 for the sharpest image, nothing really new here as that is the case with most lenses.
The beauty of third party lenses
When you buy third party lenses they usually include the lens hood, and the Tamron is no exception. To me this is great I love the fact that I don’t have to go and buy something else for my lens.
Some eye candy
Just a few photos I’ve taken with the Tamron 10-24mm.
I’m the sort of person that really looks after his gear. Even though my gear is a tool I try to keep it in it’s originally state which can be difficult but I haven’t had any problems to date. So when I look at the build quality of the Tamron 10-24mm I think it’s great. I feels nice, the manual focus ring is easy to grab and quite smooth along with the zoom. At first I found the lens hood a little stiff to lock into place but i’m used to it and haven’t come across any other problems.
Like all gear it isn’t going to survive a huge drop onto concrete but if you look after it, it will serve you well for many years to come.
My final thoughts
When your looking for a lens you are going to read positive and negative reviews. The fact is that what ever lens you choose you are going to have flaws. Chances are you have already gotten onto the Tamron website to read the specs about the Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) and have read plenty of reviews for various lenses. The fact is when you choose that lens the chances are you are going to be happy with it, and all those reviews you read and peoples personal opinions won’t mean a thing. For me I’m very happy with the Tamron, I’ve got a few large prints hanging up which were taken with the lens and they look superb. People have bought my prints that I have taken with the Tamron and they absolutely love them. Do you have this lens? Do you have another Ultra wide angle? Leave a comment below I would love to know your thoughts on them and your tips for shooting with them.