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1.0 out of 5 stars decent handling, poor optics, September 27, 2009
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I owned the Tamron 17-50, and 28-75 when I shot Canon. Both were fine lenses. This Tamron isn't. Having faith in Tamron, I purchased this lens without thinking twice. I wish I had read the reviews before seeing my own images. The optics are unacceptably poor. Based on my images, and other reviews, I don't think it was a sample problem. No front/back focusing problems, no decentering problems, and no side to side problems - just poor optics across the board. The lens is nice and light, and the zoom control is great - very smooth and nicely spaced, but the optics are just unacceptable.

The good news is that you don't need to spend $800 plus on the Nikon 12-24. I replaced this Tamron with the Sigma 10-20, and it's a fine lens. In addition to much better optics, it also focuses much faster, much quieter, and hunts much less than the Tamron. If you shoot Canon, get their EF-S ultra wide. It's great, and not that much more money.

This is the only review I've ever written. It's the first thing I've ever had to return due to poor quality. Thank goodness for Amazon.
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Initial post: Jun 7, 2010 10:09:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2010 10:12:43 AM PDT
StevenG says:
Thanks for your post, Dana. How has your Sigma 10-20 lens been treating you? Which Nikon DSLR are you using primarily?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011 11:58:37 AM PDT
J.G says:
I have a Sigma 10-20 (for Nikon) and love it. I also have a Tamron 17-50 (for Nikon as well) and love it. Interesting reading a review about the Tamron 10-24 so negative. I believe the reviewer, just didn't know Tamron had sketchy QC as well.

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Posted on Sep 15, 2014 9:48:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2014 6:43:05 AM PST
I have seen a bunch of sample photos taken with this lens that are as clear and crisp as can possibly be, but I went with the Sigma 10-20 f4 and am pleased! I have on occasion used my Tamron 70-300 on my Nikon D5100 and had excellent results for both macro and live moving deer photos. My 1st Tamron was a 28-300 on a Nikon N70 film camera and was amazing clear and crisp!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2014 6:29:52 PM PST
Buddy says:
Tamron's QC is sketchy to say the least, I have seem same lenses perform differently enough to notice, specifically the Tam 10-24. If you get a good one - GREAT, if not, not.
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