Recommended Tamron lenses

by Enche Tjin on December 7, 2009


Tamron lenses are a mixed bag, if you are lucky, you will get a very good lens. But sometimes, you will get bad lenses. This is due because below average quality control of Tamron. However, like Sigma lenses, Tamron lenses are cheaper than OEM lenses. Like Sigma and Tokina, Tamron lenses are available for major DSLR camera lenses such as Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax.

Tamron has aggressively optimized their lenses based on price. This reflects on construction quality and the auto focus speed. They are not as good as other lenses.

In the late couple years, Tamron is popular of their affordable super zoom lenses. Tamron has six version of that. It is a good strategy because this kind of lenses are highly sought by beginners who usually have limited budget.

Some of the Tamron lenses that I recommend are:

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF $499

tamron-17-50mm-f28-sThis is Tamron high-grade lenses designed for general purpose and low light condition. It is great for almost any situation. Unfortunately its auto focus is a bit noisy and hunt occasionally in low light. However, if you get a good copy, this lens is almost as good as lenses that cost two to three times more expensive.
For Canon | Nikon | Sony | Pentax

At the end of the day, the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II strikes us as an excellent option for a “walk-around” lens for your DLSR, one that we think hasn’t really gotten the attention it deserves in the crowded lens market. (Highly recommended, in case you were wondering.) – slrgear

Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro AF $449

tamron-18-250mm-sTamron has six variation of super zoom lenses, but this one is the best in term of image quality. Superzoom has gain a lot of popularity these couple year because many beginners love the zooms. This lens is especially great when mounted in Sony and Pentax DSLR cameras because they have built-in image stabilization. Tamron also has 18-270mm VC (vibration compensation) that is more versatile but the image quality is not as good as this one. [Read: Choosing Tamron superzoom lenses]
For Canon | Nikon | Sony | Pentax

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro SP AF $769

tamron-70-200mm-f28-s70-200mm lenses are very popular, but the price are usually very high. Tamron is a great alternative. It has excellent  image quality but cheaper. Unfortunately, the auto focus speed and construction quality fell a bit short compared to Sigma, Canon, Nikon or Sony lenses. As a result, Tamron is more suitable for studio or still life.
For Canon | Nikon | Sony | Pentax

The SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro is certainly a very creditable effort by Tamron to produce a high quality, yet affordable fast telephoto zoom. Indeed if we look solely at the studio optical tests, it is a resounding success, as the technical quality of the images this lens can produce is superb throughout most of the range, matching or even outperforming the much more expensive Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM – dpreview

For the price, this lens represents excellent value for money which isn’t unusual for Tamron. Available in all the main mounts, it makes an ideal alternative to the OEM offerings, especially if you can live with the slightly slower focusing. – ephotozine

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF $499

tamron-90mm-macro-sFor close-up / macro photography at 90-100mm focal length, this lens is cheaper, but give an excellent image quality. In DC mag tests, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 gets a very high score of 95, while Canon, Sigma and Nikon get 80-ish and below.
For Canon | Nikon | Pentax | Sony

At the end of the day, the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro stacks up very well against its competition. It’s tack sharp, with very low distortion and shading, and has chromatic aberration comparable to that of competing manufacturer’s lenses. – slrgear
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