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

reviewer#8681 date: Feb-20-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Tamron 28-75/2.8
Tamron 35-105/2.8
Minolta 28-70G
Sony 24/2ZA
Sony 35/1.4G
Sony 50/1.4
Minolta 85/1.4
Sony 135/1.8ZA
Minolta 28-135/4-4.5
Big beercan
price paid:350 USD
positive:Good colors
Acceptable sharpness at any aperture (for zoom)
Very good build
Perfect range for FF
negative:Collecting dust while zooming
Bokeh at long end
comment:Now its my main travel zoom (for summer, when and where much light or I don`t want to take any other lens). Perfect range (among any other zoom I knew about), acceptable sharpness at any aperture, neutral colors (comparing to other Tamrons).
(Now I bought Oldman - Minolta 28-135/4-4.5, and see now only one point pro Oldman - it has a little faster aperture at long end).
Certainly, this Tamron does not replace all my primes, but for summer travel photo I don`t want to take any other lens (if I go for a walk with one lens).
And replace it only when Sony start to produce something like 24-120/4G (or ZA).

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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