The Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD ultra-wide zoom lens gives fast and easy versatility to the world of wide-angle shooting, designed specifically for APS-C sized image sensors. The 2.4x optical zoom lens allows you to make composition changes without moving the camera, as with most wide-angle lenses. It also features Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization system for low-light shooting without a tripod.
Our testing of the Tamron 10-24mm lens was accomplished using both, the Canon EOS 77D and the Canon EOS T7i. These are both entry-level APS-C sensor DSLR cameras, which is exactly what this lens was designed for.
- Compact and lightweight
- VC (Vibration Compensation)
- 2.4x Optical Zoom Range
- Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant
- Fast and Accurate AF
- Less than 10-inch minimum focus distance
- Great image quality
- Greater Versatility than Ultra-Wide-Angle Prime lenses
- Very affordable
- Smaller maximum aperture than prime Ultra-Wide-Angle lenses and some Wide-zoom lenses
- Only designed for APS-C not Full-Frame Cameras
- Only available for Canon and Nikon
- Unique Ultra-wide zoom at 10-24mm
- Vibration Compensation
- Manual/Auto Focus
- 9.4-inch Minimum Focus Distance
- Aspherical lens and LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements
- HLD (High/Low torque-modulated Drive) AF drive system
- Full-time Manual Focus Override
- Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant with rubber gaskets
- Compatible with Tamron Tap-in Console
The new Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is very lightweight and compact, making it a great fit with Canon and Nikon’s more compact DSLR cameras. Designed specifically for APS-C image sensors, this is an entry-level lens with some great features and a very stylish, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant body. Inside, the lens is made up of 16 elements in 11 groups, including a low-dispersion lens element, Vibration Compensation (VC – optical image stabilization), BBAR and Fluorine coated front element. A 7-blade circular diaphragm with a maximum aperture of F3.5-4.5 along with the 4-stops of VC correction combine to provide very good low-light shooting capabilities. Image stabilization is not found on most wide/ultra-wide lenses, which makes this much easier to use without a tripod.
With the lens being compact and lightweight, it fits very well with most of today’s smaller entry-level DSLR cameras. The zoom ring being pushed all the way to the front of the lens is a blessing, as it is easy to use and comfortable to hold. This is a little different than that of Tamron’s SP 70-200mm G2 lens, where the zoom ring is not as comfortable at the front of the lens. It is also much more distinguishable than the focus lens, since it is twice the width. Both rings turn very smoothly and consistently, for easy and accurate use. Two switches, for VC and AF/MF, are both easily accessible and very stiff; preventing them from being switched by accident while shooting.
Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque-modulated Drive) AF system provides fast and accurate autofocus, allowing you to shoot quickly. It also allows for full-time manual focus override, so you can easily make manual adjustments without switching from AF to MF. You will also want to watch out for this when shooting, so you do not accidentally throw off your focus. While testing the lens, the camera did not have any trouble achieving focus very quickly, and we did not encounter any focus-searching with either the Canon EOS 77D or the T7i.
With the more affordable ultra-wide zoom lens, the Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD does not feature an incredibly large aperture. Combined with the wide angle of the lens does not leave this as the greatest lens for bokeh. Using the lens, especially up close with distant backgrounds will give you an out-of-focus background, but it will not be as blurred or as smooth as you may find on other lenses (see below for a comparison with the Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM).
Looking at our sample images taken with this Tamron lens, we were very pleased with the overall results. Our samples came out very sharp and full of detail with accurate colors. At the maximum aperture, it produces a pleasant bokeh and is easy to use in lower-light shooting conditions without a tripod, in big thanks to the VC image stabilization. We did see a couple slight instances of chromatic aberrations in high-contrast areas, but this did outstanding overall for a $500 lens.
Since we happen to have the Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM, we did a quick comparison between the two lenses shooting with the 77D. Coming it a quarter of the price, the Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 fared very well in comparison. They provide a similar wide-zoom range, with the Tamron being a little wider and overall a much smaller lens. The Canon was just a little sharper with a little more vivid color and quite a bit more bokeh when wide open. The Tamron provides the power of the VC to compensate for the smaller aperture in low-light shooting, and is a fantastic value at just a fraction of the price. The Tamron lens is also limited to APS-C sensor cameras where the Canon is capable of being used with both APS-C and Full-Frame DSLRs.
The Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD lens provides an overall outstanding value for anyone looking for an affordable ultra-wide zoom lens ($500). The 2.4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization (VC) provides great image quality and excellent ease-of-use in a stylish and compact body, designed specifically for APS-C sized image sensors. It is a must-have for anyone traveling with a compact DSLR.
Spending some time with the Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD really makes shooting with an ultra-wide lens fun. It's 2.4x optical zoom allows you to make the adjustments you need without swapping out prime lenses, which is common when shooting this wide. The addition of the VC adds the ability to shoot in low-light situations without a tripod. Overall, a great bargain for the price.