With the introduction of Nikon's
AF-S 24-120 f/4 ED VR this Tamron lens has fallen off the radar and can
found at an amazing price point. For a few years this was the high end
24-XXX zoom for Nikon full frame cameras, and commanded more than
double its current value. During that time all Nikon had to
offer was their notoriously poor-mediocre AF-S 24-120mm 3.5-5.6 ED-IF
Similar in cost, the Tamron offered better optical performance without
the VR. The Tamron is complete with an aperture ring and will work on
film as well as digital. It's light and small, with an odd 72mm filter
size. It zooms and focuses in the same direction as Nikkor lenses.
Being an older lens, the auto-focus is driven by the motor in the
camera body, meaning many new lower end Nikon dSLRs like the D50, D40,
D40x, D60 and D5100 can't drive the focus on this lens. Which isn't
really an issue, because this lens is truly of interest to people who
own FX Nikons, all of which currently have powerful, in-body AF motors.
Daniel Brasuell making faces on the
North Fork Kaweah.
Nikon D700, Tamron 24-135 @ 24mm 1/1000 f/8 ISO 400
A 100% crop with no sharpening applied.
Zoomed in a little, Daniel on the NF Kaweah again at 100mm.