Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Canon EF) - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published February 2020

Introduction

While full format DSLR gear is still going relatively strong, the same can't be said about APS-C format lenses. Occasionally, we are still seeing mild updates to cameras but APS-C DSLR lenses have basically reached the end-of-line state at least from mainstream manufacturers. There was just a single new release in 2019 (a Tokina) and no(!) release in 2018. Tamron released their latest (last?) dedicated APS-C DSLR lens in 2017 - the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD, a budget-friendly, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. Typical prices are south of the 500USD/EUR mark making it a seemingly interesting option for entry-level users.

The build quality of the Tamron lens isn't top-notch but actually quite nice for a consumer-grade lens. It seems as if the lens body is made of sturdy plastics based on a metal mount. The construction is moisture-resistant. The zoom lens is a little on the stiff side but that's not a bad thing here. Conversely, the small focus ring feels a little cheap. The inner lens tube extends slightly (<1cm) towards the ends of the zoom range with the shortest-physical dimensions reached around the 15mm setting. A petal-shaped lens hood is also part of the package.

The lens uses an HLD "High/Low torque-modulated Drive" for autofocusing. The AF speed is nothing special but not terrible either. A low-level buzzing noise is emitted during AF operations. The 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is compatible with Tamron's optional TAP-in console which allows you to update the lens' firmware and to calibrate the AF from your laptop rather than having to deal with the Tamron service - at a price. A smart offering by Tamron because the AF wasn't super accurate during our tests at least.
Tamron implemented its image stabilizer called "VC" or "vibration control" which a claimed efficiency of up to 4 f-stops. As always we suggest being a little more conservative with such claims in real life.

Specifications
Equivalent Full-Format focal length (field-of-view)"16-37mm"
Equivalent Full-Format aperture (depth-of-field)"f/5.6-7.2"
Optical construction16 elements in 11 groups inc. 1xmolded aspherical, 1x hybrid aspherical, 1xLD, 1xXLD elements
Number of aperture blades7 (rounded)
min. focus distance0.24m (max. magnification ratio 1:5.3)
Dimensions84.6x83.6mm
Weight 440g
Filter size77mm
Hoodpetal-shaped (bayonet mount, supplied)
Other featuresmoisture-resistent, TAP-in console compatible, image stabilizer
MountaCanon EF, Nikon F