Tamron 10-24 opinions


pnjmcc

Link Posted 14/05/2010 - 02:20
After seeing some of the recent wide angle images that have been posted, and reding one of the threads in here with loads of wide angle pics in LBA got the better of me and I went off to have a trawl round the web to see what they cost. As luck would have it our Friends at SRS have a sale on a Tamron 10-24 f3.5-4.5 @ GBP379.

I have read one review that says its a bit soft at the wider apertures and I was just after some opions on this lens especially if anyone has one and could post some example images showing any good or bad points.

The only other option is the sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 non HSM lens which is only 10 quid more @ GPB389.

I have no need for this lens so is it better to wait save a few more penny's and go for one of the 12-24's?

Regards
PaulM
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Last Edited by pnjmcc on 14/05/2010 - 02:20

bretti_kivi

Link Posted 14/05/2010 - 06:56
it's addictive. Yes, it's "soft"; you could also consider that rendering. There's a helluva lot of information to cram onto that there sensor, so it's not easy.
I like the perspective - I stood what felt like 10 feet away from a 50' tree at christmas and got the whole thing in - and I deliberately checked my copy against another at SRS (Thanks Chris!) to check it was a design thing and not my copy.

I'll dig out some pics later.

Bret
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my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.

flossie

Link Posted 14/05/2010 - 08:10
pnjmcc wrote:

I have no need for this lens so is it better to wait save a few more penny's (...)

ahem! We'll have none of that sort of behaviour round here thankyouverymuch
Still shooting in the dark (literally and metaphorically)...

bretti_kivi

Link Posted 14/05/2010 - 09:35
I just realised a bunch of stuff I did still has numberplates on, so I'd have to edit those out.

However, here's one I did earlier, with a crappy numberplate edit:

(USM applied, 5, 0.5, 0)



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my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.

Pentaxophile

Link Posted 14/05/2010 - 10:10
Thanks for posting Bret. (Not sure why you were worried about the reg plates tho!)

Does the lens sharpen up nicely at f8?
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ems82

Link Posted 14/05/2010 - 10:15
I have been thinking of ths lens but I am swaying more towards the 14mm prime
Emma
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WobblyGoblin

Link Posted 14/05/2010 - 11:00
With a wide angle you are more likely to have it stopped down a bit anyway (unless you're taking lots of indoor shots for some reason).

I hear lots of praise for the Sigma but don't hear as much for the Tamron. Maybe that is just because the Sigma is more prevalent. For £10 more I'd be tempted to go for the Sigma but maybe someone who has used both could shed a more considered opinion on the two?

Of course, there is loads of praise for the Pentax 12-24 but that is silly money if you ask me.

If you can afford to wait a bit (I know, LBA is not very forgiving in that area) then Sigma are releasing an even wider wide angle very soon. This could be an even better option for you but it may also create a flood of secondhand wide angles as people upgrade. I'm tempted to wait for reviews of the new lens before I go for something wide.
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thoughton

Link Posted 14/05/2010 - 11:15
Pentaxophile wrote:
Thanks for posting Bret. (Not sure why you were worried about the reg plates tho!)

I take some shots for a property agency and am also required to blur licence plates. Supposedly it is due to privacy regulations, no idea if that's accurate or not though.

Regarding the lenses, the Tamron is quite recent I think, hence the lack of reviews. The Sigma is allegedly sharper although I don't know if that's true or not.
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bretti_kivi

Link Posted 14/05/2010 - 14:58
that shot is at f/13......

It's acceptable. I don't *need* masses of detail on masses of detail. I want feel and space and it gives me that in spades.

If you want really sharp, go 12-24. If you want Sigma quality, go 10-20. The Tammy does a lot of things right (it's only this "soft" at 10mm, by 13mm it's much better) and I like it for the feel.

Bret
my pics: link
my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.

pnjmcc

Link Posted 18/05/2010 - 01:51
Hi bretti,

Thanks for posting that. it doesn't look to soft

Hi ems,
ems82 wrote:
I have been thinking of ths lens but I am swaying more towards the 14mm prime

I did think about a prime but again price put me off

WobblyGoblin wrote:
I hear lots of praise for the Sigma but don't hear as much for the Tamron. Maybe that is just because the Sigma is more prevalent. For £10 more I'd be tempted to go for the Sigma but maybe someone who has used both could shed a more considered opinion on the two?

Of course, there is loads of praise for the Pentax 12-24 but that is silly money if you ask me.

Yep, definately silly money to play with for the pentax 12-24, if I was serious it would be another matter but I just want to play.

It is really a toss-up between the extra stop on the tamron (Tammy=3.5-4.5 vs siggy=4-5.6) an extra 4mm and the apparant softness of the tammy vs the sigma


Hmmmmm.... decisions decisions...
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Some are more equal than others

gartmore

Link Posted 18/05/2010 - 15:48
What's the problem with number plates?
Ken
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 20/05/2010 - 23:58
I'm interested in this lens too. According to the dpreview tests it's sharper than the Sigma 10-20, but as said above softer at the edges. ab9otu the same price I think on the street
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bretti_kivi

Link Posted 21/05/2010 - 09:50
I said I would remove the plates, that's all. There have been cases of plates being cloned and issues with parking and speeding tickets as a result.

I did a couple of landscapes yesterday... this is with the 0.9ND and the 10-24. Unsharpened, just exposure / curve / WB 'corrected'.




Bret
my pics: link
my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.

ManixZero

Link Posted 22/05/2010 - 22:17
I once asked the same question.

I considered both the Tamron and the Sigma and in the end went for the Tamron for the 4mm, the slightly bigger aperture and the feel.

I have no complaints with this lens regarding sharpness or anything.

On camera it just felt better to me than the Sigma.

A few images.......










All in all its a nice lens. I like the feel and I am happy with the results. I'm sure users of the Sigma 10-20mm would say the same. My advice would be to pop to a shop and try them on your camera.

Cheerz MZ
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ems82

Link Posted 22/05/2010 - 22:19
Is that last shot at gallians reach?
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