Tamron SP AF 24-135mm F3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF Macro A-mount lens review by waldo_posth

reviewer#11808 date: May-3-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-135mm F2.8-4.5
Sigma 28-135mm F3.8-5.6
Sony 24-105mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 28-105mm F3.5-4.5
price paid:Euro 175 (new)
positive:- very solidly built
- excellent range for a standard zoom
- good colors
- good sharpness
- zoom lock
negative:- vignetting at wide and long end (at long end visible even at F8)
- significant distortion at both ends - but can easily be removed in PP (barrel/pincushion - nothing more complex)
comment:Bought this as an alternative to the Sigma 24-135mm because it is solid like a rock - despite the fact that most parts of the body are made of plastic, but of a sturdy kind. Compact size, not to heavy and definitely no zoom creep (in case it would begin: there is a zoom lock as is typical for a number of Tamron lenses). The lens is not as sharp as the Sigma 24-135mm, particularly at the long end. Flare control could be better - but this is a construction dating back to film days. So CA wide open can be a bit problematic - but usually this can be undone in PP.
As the Sigma of the same zoom range this is neither a professional nor a semi-professional lens. It is a precursor of today's 18-200mm designs from the days of film bodies. But it is reliable and solid piece that can master a wide range of photographic tasks.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 51
  • sharpness: 4.33
  • color: 4.47
  • build: 4.51
  • distortion: 4.29
  • flare control: 4.22
  • overall: 4.36
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