Tam­ron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II £350, $500

In­ex­pen­sive to buy, but not the most re­fined choice

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This Tam­ron boasted the big­gest zoom range of any wide-angle zoom for DX-for­mat SLRs when launched back in 2008. That was a land­mark year for Tam­ron lenses, as some of the other Nikon-fit mod­els in the lineup were re­freshed to add an in­ter­nal aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor, in­stead of re­ly­ing on aut­o­fo­cus drive from the host cam­era. This makes aut­o­fo­cus pos­si­ble on bod­ies like the D3300 and D5500.

The flip side is that the aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor in the 1024mm lens is a rel­a­tively ba­sic elec­tric af­fair, which is a lit­tle slug­gish and clearly au­di­ble in op­er­a­tion. Un­like ev­ery other lens on test, the fo­cus ring ro­tates dur­ing aut­o­fo­cus, which can im­pair han­dling.

Per­for­mance

Four as­pher­i­cal el­e­ments, two LD (Low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments and an HID (High-re­frac­tive In­dex) el­e­ment boost sharp­ness and con­trast as well as re­duc­ing fring­ing and dis­tor­tions. Over­all im­age qual­ity is good, con­sid­er­ing the price, but the len is out­per­formed by the even-less-ex­pen­sive Sigma.

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