Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 review

One of three new affordable wide-angle primes for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras that get in closer than most

5 Star Rating
Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Taking residence in the middle of Tamron’s trio of new wide-angle lenses for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras, this one gives a less radical viewing angle than the 20mm, but squeezes more into the frame than the 35mm. It’s great for everything from cramped interiors to rolling landscapes and more besides, especially as the uncommonly short 12cm minimum focus distance enables striking perspective effects and a 0.5x macro magnification factor.


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    Compact but strongly built

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    0.5x macro

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    Superb sharpness even when shooting wide-open

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    Good price for an AF lens


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    No optical image stabilization

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    Autofocus speed could be faster

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There are some cracking 24mm primes available for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras, most notably Sony’s own 24mm G Master lens and Sigma’s 24mm Art lens, both of which boast an f/1.4 aperture rating. However, the Sony is very pricey and the Sigma is pretty bulky. Settle for a more modest f/2.8 aperture rating and you can take advantage of a much smaller, lightweight alternative in the shape of this Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD lens. 

At just 73x64mm and 215g, it has a virtually identical size and weight to its companion Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III and 35mm f/2.8 lenses, as well as having the same 67mm filter thread. And the similarities don’t end there.

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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.