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

reviewer#9260 date: Jul-26-2011
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:Sony 18-70 Kit
Minolta 35-105
price paid:$400 USD (new 2002)
Ease of use
Zoom Range
negative:Not quite wide enough for inside shots, have to switch to 18-70
comment:I purchased a used 800SI in 2002 with a really terrible Min 80-200 zoom. After exhaustive research I chose the Tamron 24-135, and have never regretted it.
2 years ago I purchased an A300 with the kit lens. Again, the 24-135 may as well have been glued to the A300, because it almost never came off. I have extended my used lens collection, and now have a larger variety of good Min glass, but the Tammy is still one of my favorites.
UPDATE: I now have an A580, and as another reviewer reported, it just gets better. Only complaint is that 24MM on APS-C just isn't wide enough indoors.

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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