New gear Tam­ron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

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£TBA/$499 www.tam­ Tam­ron’s lat­est ul­tra-wide lens re­places the SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD launched back in 2008, and while core specs re­main un­changed, there are plenty of tweaks un­der the hood.

The first no­table new ad­di­tion is Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion (VC), which Tam­ron claims will pro­vide a four-stop ad­van­tage. This may not be essen­tial at short fo­cal lengths, but it does of­fer im­proved us­abil­ity in low light, and a cru­cial edge over Nikon’s own AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED. Tam­ron has also equipped the lens with a new HLD (High/Low Torque Mo­du­lated Drive) aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor, which is de­signed to in­crease aut­o­fo­cus smooth­ness. Full-time man­ual fo­cus over­ride is also avail­able.

And it’s not just AF that’s been given a pre­ci­sion boost, as aper­ture ad­just­ment now ben­e­fits from a new elec­tro­mag­netic di­aphragm that en­hances ac­cu­racy through the use of a ded­i­cated mo­tor that sends elec­tronic pulse sig­nals. Op­ti­cal per­for­mance is im­proved, too, with a 16-el­e­ment, 11-group de­sign in­cor­po­rat­ing one LD (Low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ment, one XLD (Ex­tra Low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ment, an as­pher­i­cal el­e­ment, and one hy­brid as­pher­i­cal lens. This should help to min­imise chro­matic aber­ra­tion, ghost­ing, flare and dis­tor­tion.

All this tech has been squeezed into a bar­rel that’s 82.1mm long and 83.6mm wide, and that weighs in at 440g, mak­ing it al­most the same size as Nikon’s 10-24mm, and 20g lighter. The new cas­ing also re­ceives Tam­ron’s re­freshed SP-se­ries ex­ter­nal de­sign to en­sure you don’t mis­take this lens for its pre­de­ces­sor. First im­pres­sions_

Im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, a ver­sa­tile fo­cal length range and com­pet­i­tive pric­ing get this lens off to a good start. If op­ti­cal qual­ity is up to scratch, Nikon’s 10-24mm will be fac­ing very stiff com­pe­ti­tion.

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