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

reviewer#5789 date: Jul-30-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70, Sigma 24-60EX, Sigma 70-200EX, Minolta 28-80Xi, Minolta 35-200Xi and all my other lenses....
price paid:100 € second hand
positive:Good range, even on APS-C. (like the old 35-200 Xi lens on FF or film).
Quick autofocus. Can be used on APS-C and FF (my future a800?). Solidly build
negative:Not as fast as the Sigma 24-135. Slightly creeping zoom.
comment:This lens was bought because I could not resist to offer € 100,- on the internet. The guy who sold the lens accepted the offer. It's since then used as the walkaround lens on my 2nd body, the Sony a100.(nowadays the a700) I will only sell it if I can get a Sigma 24-135 for the same money...

Update: has Sigma ever built an 24-135 with the same quality???

Update: Wowww... this lens still is very sharp on my new A77! (Forget the future FF 'cause I own an A77 now).

Update II: sold it because I now own a Sigma 24-135. (And, more important; maybe I do buy a FF once....).

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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