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

reviewer#8021 date: Sep-24-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.5
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:Minolta 28-135
Minolta 28-105
Tamron 28-75
price paid:$288 USD (new)
positive:useful focal range for full frame, low cost, relatively small size and weight
negative:image quality isn't very good
comment:I considered this lens as an everyday replacement for the much bigger, heavier Minolta 28-135. My bottom line - I think this lens is over rated and there are better choices. On either APSC or full frame, this lens isn't bad at the short end, but suffers by comparison at 35mm and above. The f/3.5 spec is appealing, but by the time it reaches 50mm it is slower than either of the Minolta lenses I compared it to. Instead, for full frame, I'd go with either the Tamron 28-75 or Minolta 28-105 and then switch over to a telephoto lens. The zoom ring is really stiff on this lens, but maybe because it's new.
UPDATE for full frame digital. -7 micro adjustment for focus needed to achieve a good balance between 24mm f/3.5 and 135mm f/5.6. Conclusions above still stand; there are better choices than this for the same money, or less.

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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