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10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Tamron lens, 2017 model
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  • PR

    Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023), a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras. The lens is expected to be available in the U.S. this Spring at $499.

    Model B023 is a wideangle zoom lens that covers an exceptionally large range—the largest focal length range in its class1 (35mm equivalent is 16mm to 37mm). The lens is ideal for street photography, landscapes, group photos and casual everyday scenes. In 2008, Tamron launched the SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] (Model B001) that provided an unprecedented focal length range in its class. Building on that lens’s popularity, the successor Model B023 has improved optical performance and new features. It embodies Tamron’s most advanced technologies, including the VC (Vibration Compensation) system, Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating, and the first implementation of Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive). Additionally, the Model B023 has a refreshing new design derived from the design of the new product lineup in the SP series.


    Inheriting the broadest focal length range in its class of ultra-wideangle zoom lenses

    The new Model B023 achieves a broad focal length range of 10-24mm, the largest range among ultra-wideangle zoom lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras. This is the 35mm equivalent of covering a very wideangle of view, from 16mm ultra-wideangle to 37mm semi-wideangle. A photographer can enjoy diverse wideangle expressions with just this one lens, from dynamic landscapes far beyond the normal human field of vision to simple, casual snapshots.

    Improved optical performance across the entire zoom range

    The optical design of the new Model B023 consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. Special lens elements are utilized in an optimum configuration of one LD (Low Dispersion) lens element, one XLD glass element, one molded glass aspherical element, and one hybrid aspherical lens. While curbing an increase in the size of the optical system, the new lens very effectively compensates for a wide variety of aberrations in the entire zoom range, including transverse chromatic aberration, comatic aberration and distortions that tend to become more prominent with a wideangle lens.

    Tamron’s highly regarded BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating and the optical design paying close attention to internal reflections in the lens barrel also curb the effects of harmful light rays that tend to occur with a wideangle lens, achieving excellent resistance against ghosting and flare seen in backlighting situations.

    4-Stop Vibration Compensation that is especially useful in low light conditions

    In response to the requests of many customers who have asked the company to equip a wideangle lens with image stabilization, we have now installed Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) on the new Model B023. Optimizing the actuator and the control algorithm has made it possible to incorporate the VC, while maintaining the compact design of the previous Model B001. The VC especially enhances the photographer’s freedom in handheld shooting at dusk or in a dimly lit room, and under other relatively low light conditions, as the mechanism proves particularly effective in the shooting conditions with slower shutter speeds.

    Equipped for the first time with the new HLD with outstanding driving power and stability

    Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) has been developed for use as the AF drive system for Model B023. With its outstanding driving power and stability, the HLD is capable of smoothly controlling the AF mechanism of the new Model B023 that is actually equipped with large focusing lens elements. When shooting in AF mode, the Full-time Manual Focus override allows you to instantly make fine focusing adjustments manually, without having to switch between modes.

    Compressed into a compact body with structural ingenuity

    While enhancing image quality, adding new functions and substantially improving the basic performance, Model B023’s space-saving design has ensured an optimum configuration for components such as the VC and AF unit, thus successfully reducing overall length compared to the previous Model B001. The lightweight and compact body with outstanding ease of use will prove to be very well-balanced when attached to an APS-C DSLR camera.

    An even more user-friendly lens with Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction

    The front surface of the foremost lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. For greater protection when shooting outdoors, leak-proof seals throughout the lens barrel help protect your equipment.

    Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

    An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses2. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.

    Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product

    The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to your personal computer, enabling you to easily update your lens’s firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

    External design placing importance on functionality and ease of use

    While inheriting the design that makes use of a lot of organic curves and the delicately polished form down to fine details that characterize the SP lens series, the new Model B023 comes with a highly sophisticated design that also places much importance on the lens’s functionality and ease of use, featuring an overall form that faithfully encompasses the internal structures within, a slim Luminous Gold brand ring, the switch shape and the distance-scale window design.

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  • Review


    In the center of the frame, the Tamron 10-24mm VC lens is very sharp wide open and stopping down to f/5.6 shows only a modest increase in contrast, primarily at the long end of the focal length.

    Corner performance typically trails center-of-the-lens performance and this expected performance attribute can be seen in the MTF charts. The lines dip toward the right side of the charts with the drop in expected performance being quite strong at the right side of the 10mm chart. Testing confirms the expected and especially at 10mm, the lens is rather soft in the corners.

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  • Review



    Both center and edge sharpness are outstanding between f/3.5 and f/11. At f/16 and f/22 sharpness is beginning to drop off a little due to diffraction.


    Both center and edge sharpness are outstanding between f/4.5 and f/11. At f/16 and f/22 sharpness is beginning to drop off a little due to diffraction.

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  • Field test


    The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is a pretty sharp lens, especially considering its focal length range and price. Its center performance is particularly impressive, while the edges do suffer quite a bit, especially when shooting wide open. When shooting at 10mm with an aperture of f/3.5, the closer your subject, the more performance falls off in the corners.

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  • Looks interesting anyone know if it works with a speed booster on m4/3?

  • guess that's a yes to my own question. But looks like it has noisy autofocus.