Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Lens

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Tried & Tested
With the broad zoom range and reasonable price, it's worthy of a place on the shortlist for anyone looking to buy an ultra-wide zoom for their APS-C camera.”

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Key Features

  • 10-24mm focal length
  • 15-36mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 16-38.4mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F3.5-4.5 maximum aperture; F22-29 minimum
  • Micromotor-type AF motor without full-time manual focusing
  • 77mm filters
  • 0.24m/9.45" minimum focus
  • Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha mounts

Product Description

The 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II is Tamron’s ultra-wide angle lens for APS-C SLRs, offering a 15-36mm equivalent range. Optically it’s pretty good, delivering decently sharp images when stopped down to F8, and distortion is notably low. The lens is available in versions to fit almost all current SLRs.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 10–24 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F4.5
Minimum aperture F22.0 - F29.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes rounded blades
Elements 12
Groups 9
Special elements / coatings 2 LD glass elements 1 HID glass element 4 aspherical elements
Minimum focus 0.24 m (9.45)
Maximum magnification 0.2×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual Unknown
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Weight 406 g (0.90 lb)
Diameter 83 mm (3.27)
Length 84 mm (3.31)
Materials Plastic barrel, metal mount
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (internal)
Filter thread 77 mm
Filter notes does not rotate on focus
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code AB001
Tripod collar No
Notes Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony Alpha mounts


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

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Tried & Tested
Tried & Tested

Usefully it's sharpest at the wide end, which is of course what users will be buying it for, although it's no slouch at longer focal lengths either. And while the extreme corners are rather soft, this only affects a very limited region of the frame, and on those rare occasions where it's really a problem, only a slight crop is needed to deal with it.

Good For

A crop-sensor shooter looking for an ultra wide angle with a versatile range - especially for architecture and landscapes.

Not So Good For

Users who shoot often in low light environments.

User Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
  • ChadWright, May 7, 2012 GMT:
    Magic for the price

    I love this lens, I chose it over the Sigma equivalent which was a bit more expensive. For the price you are paying, you're getting a well-built lens, a lens hood, a decent focal length for an ultra-wide angle as well as good clean images. It does struggle in low light conditions, and should definitely not be used for any type of close up portrait photography (Unless you are going for that kind of a look). The focus ring it not as tight as I would have liked, and you can struggle to find the ...

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  • Rydes, Nov 1, 2011 GMT:
    Nothing technically spectacular, BUT you still can get spectacular shots!

    Simply put, the option to have a wider shot gives you the option to "show more." And "more" can be a good thing. Got this lens for taking open spaces, landscapes and Architecture stuff. By itself, the lens performs reasonably fast on focus (am using a Nikon). Though, not exceptionally sharp (espcially compared to the Nikkor lenses), it still is alright. Especially, with a 16 megapixel picture, if you want to get pixel picky, the images are indeed "soft". However, overall at a glance, the ...

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  • Scottelly, Aug 8, 2013 GMT:
    Tamron 10-24mm is a capable wide-angle lens that gives good value.

    This lens is pretty sharp (much sharper at f8 than it is wide open, especially in corners), slightly warm in color production, feels light for such a sturdy lens (as it should, because it only covers APS-C sensors), and it does have a high-quality feel when zooming, focusing manually, and its overall feel is very good. The lens does not extend much when zooming. (It goes in and then back out when zooming from one end to the other.) The rear lens element never extends beyond the rear surface ...

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Understanding Focal Lengths by Tamron

Questions & Answers


Which wide-angle lens for D5100? Sigma 10-20mm or Tamron 10-24mm?

Hi There, I want to buy a wide angle lens for my D5100 and am torn between this pair: (1) Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM for £429.99 (2) Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for £358.99 I've read that the Tamron lens offers good value for money and it obviously has a better focal range than the Sigma lens but I've heard a couple of people say that the Sigma is a much better quality lens. I'm after some un-biased opinions of which lens to go for and which offers better value for money. I'll be using the lens for everyday shots of people, landscapes and interesting things I see whilst travelling. Can anyone offer any advice? Is the Sigma worth the extra money and the sacrifice of focal length?

Seb Spiers asked
1 year ago


I've owned the Sigma for about 4 or 5 years now.... I absolutely love it!  It's been a great performer and has never given me a moment of regret.  It's not fast glass though, so you're going to be using decent flash if shooting indoors.  I bought mine used from a photo journalist who wanted to play with it.  I see them fairly consistently in the used market, priced between 300-350 (CDN). Good Luck. Continue Reading

Tyym answered
1 year ago

I have had the Tamron for around 18 months & I'm perfectly pleased with it.  I find I get best results if I stop down to around f/8.  Excellent value for money!  A quick analysis of my use shows that 60-70% of shots are taken around 14 mm focal length, most of the rest at around 11 mm. Continue Reading

jptenor answered
1 year ago

Definitely the Tamron offers more useful focal range than the Sigma one. Personally I never experienced any UWA lens. Though very often heard that Tokina offers the best in this category. Therefore I will suggest you to (just give it a look) consider Tokina 12-24 DX II (you need DX II version for your D5100 to autofocus). The champion one Tokina 11-16 also has the new DXII version but possibly bit costly. Continue Reading

AngshuArun answered
1 year ago


Ultrawide for Italy?

Hello old friends, Its good to be here once again. I would appreciate your help on which lens to buy for a holiday in Italy. I am considering the sigma 1o-2o and the tamron 1o-24. I realize they have been compared to death on and off these forums. However, my needs are not very demanding. As a casual holiday shooter I expect either lenses optics would be acceptable to me. I would like to know which lens would be better for real world use in this case. This will be the ONLY lens I take along with my trusty old D50. I am also a little concerned the sigma is a tad old. (Not a deal breaker my camera is older.) Thank you for your thoughts and suggestions.

Fahd asked
1 year ago


Fahd wrote: Italy. I am considering the sigma 1o-2o and the tamron 1o-24. I realize they have been compared ... This will be the ONLY lens I take along with my trusty old D50. A 10-20 or a 10-24 as the ONLY lens for such a trip?? As a general purpose lens I'd NOT recommend such a lens as its too short on the "long" end. Consider any of the 18-xx or 18-xxx lenses - even the el-cheapo 18-55 lenses IMHO are much better suited for such a trip. Personal tip with D50 and a very tight budget: A used 18-105 VR from a trusted seller. Continue Reading

Juergen answered
1 year ago

If I had to pick one of the two, I'd go with the siggy. The Tamron is just not the great at 10mm and even up to 18mm is rough in the corners and edges of the frame; however, the siggy leaves you really in a tough spot with 20 being your longest FL. If I could move out of that box a bit, assuming you are purchasing one of these lenses, I would get the Tokina 12-24. Little less FL on the wide end, much better overall acuity characteristics and roughly the same price as the other two purchased new. Also, I find 10mm to be a tad too wide for my tastes, so it is easy for myself to make that decision ;) Last time I went to Italy, I ran with a Tokina 11-16, Nikon 16-85 and Nikon 50 1.8d. It was a great mix. The 11-16 for in the cathedrals and tight streets with big cathedrals. The 16-85 for most everything else and the 50 for nightlife/lowlight areas. Although I would swap that out now for the 28mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/1.8, as they are a bit more versatile on a DX body. +-----+-----+-----+----- ... Continue Reading

Nyarlathotep answered
1 year ago

I'm not sure anyone can answer this for you - all anyone will tell you is how these lenses fit with their own shooting style, not yours. I wouldn't be happy with either as my only lens, but if I were forced to choose between only those two, I'd go with the Tamron 10-24. On my two-week trip to Italy last fall I took a 17-35 and a 24-85 zoom for my new D800 body. I primarily used the 24-85, and when it was mounted, more than half my shots were above 35mm. When I mounted the 17-35, most of my shots fell between 24 and 35mm. But in both cases, I did use the wide end of either lens a significant amount of the time. It's just that my shooting habits seem to tend toward longer, rather than wider. You probably should look through some of your previous sets from prior trips, and see what focal length range tends to dominate for you. For me, 10mm on a DX body is almost too wide to be useful, but I realize there are others who really enjoy that angle. Continue Reading

Ray Ritchie answered
1 year ago


Shooting in Kauai and Maui

I will be traveling to Hawaii next month, to the islands of Kauai and Maui, and the Big Island, and was looking for suggestions on how to shoot in a couple of situations. Camera is SLT A57 (hence posting to this forum). I will be taking a helicopter ride around Kauai and am looking for suggestions on how to best capture the landscape, which I hear is stunning. I have a 70-200 f2.8 from Sigma but it's too heavy to be lugging around, especially on a helicopter ride. The other three options are the Tamron 10-24 and 28-75 and the Sigma 18-250. Given that there will be slight motion even if the helicopter is hovering steady, I am assuming I'll be shooting at a high-ish ISO and with a reasonably quick shutter. Does anyone have suggestions for shooting those landscapes from such an elevation? We will then be visiting Maui and I plan to visit Haleakala for the sunrise. Given that it will be low light conditions, I am again wondering which of the two Tamrons is better suited? As a general ...

Chiradeep asked
5 months ago


Hi Chiradeep Both helicopter trips are great, but the best photos will be from the ground.  You wind up with mostly snapshots from the helicopters. For sunrise at Haleakala, make sure you have really warm clothes along. Its deceiving because at sea level, you have tropical conditions, but the summit is very cold, especially before sunrise. I actually prefer to go up for the sunset, because you can see what the weather is before you drive up to the summit, plus its a lot warmer when you get there. When you go up in the dark for sunrise, the weather can be a surprise when you get to the top. Sunrise is over the crater and sunset is over the ocean when you are at the top. If you drive the Hana highway, don't miss Waianaanapa State Park, which is near the Hana end of the highway. It has the black sand beach and spectacular scenery. On Kauai, the drive up the canyon is amazing, with incredible views at the top. Also, Kilauea Lighthouse Wildlife Refuge on the North Shore is well worth seeing. Continue Reading

Baimei answered
5 months ago

During the chopper ride do not rest your hands/arms on the aircraft as it will give you more vibration. Have fun! Continue Reading

busch answered
5 months ago

busch wrote: During the chopper ride do not rest your hands/arms on the aircraft as it will give you more vibration. Have fun! Very pertinent suggestion - thank you. I will definitely bear it in mind. Continue Reading

Chiradeep answered
5 months ago


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