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Tamron Lens Reviews

Tamron are one of the oldest established independent lens makers around, and although many of Tamron’s recent lenses are at the budget end of the scale they have always made excellent optics, and even some of the cheaper lenses, like the 70-300, perform better than you’d think. In fact there are rumours that they make lenses for some of the camera manufacturers own brands. Some of Tamron’s more expensive DSLR lenses are amongst the best available. In particular, Tamron’s 17-50mm f2.8 is one of the best modern standard zooms around, and the Tamron 18-250mm is by far the best superzoom I’ve ever tested.  Tamron lenses are available to fit Nikon, Canon, Sony / Minolta and Pentax / Samsung.  (not all lenses in all the fittings though)

Note: If you have a newish Nikon DSLR check for compatibilty before buying even new lenses - if the lens doesn’t have an AF motor built in it may only work in manual focus.

Tamron 18-250 Di II LD

Tamron 18-250 Di II LD

Tamron 28-300 102

Tamron 28-300

Tamron 70-300 202

Tamron 70-300

Tamron 18-200 XR Di II LD

Tamron 18-200 XR Di II

Tamron 17-50 f2.8

Tamron 17-50 f2.8 XR Di II

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 Tamron 24-70

Compatibility with modern digital SLR cameras doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue for Tamron lenses as with Sigma optics. In fact I’ve yet to encounter a problem with a Tamron lens. However, newer Nikon cameras without a body AF motor will function, but not autofocus, with most independent lenses including  Tamrons so check before buying, if possible.

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