Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD review

New and improved, Tamron’s 10-24mm gets a major makeover with smart new features

5 Star Rating
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Digital Camera World Verdict

A cracking wide lens that delivers excellent performance in all sorts of conditions, the weather-sealed Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is a great choice for landscapes, cityscapes and more. Sharpness is excellent across the zoom range, and the lightweight build of the lens makes it a solid choice for travel. Autofocus is accurate and handling is a pleasure – this lens is a success in just about every department.


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    Sharp throughout the zoom range

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    Weather sealed

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    Lightweight and transportable


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    Some switches easy to knock

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When launched back in 2008, Tamron’s original 10-24mm lens beat every other APS-C format competitor for outright zoom range. Its successor, the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD, arrived on the scene in 2017, with major enhancements throughout. A new optical line-up includes enhanced aspherical and LD (Low Dispersion) elements. There’s also a new HLD (High/Low toque-modulated Drive) autofocus system and VC (Vibration Compensation) stabilization, both of which were lacking in the original lens.

The HLD autofocus is faster, quieter and more accurate. It also gives a big boost to handling, as the focus no longer rotates during autofocus. Full-time manual override of autofocus is available, for those who like to take precise control at critical moments.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.