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Tamron 24-135MM F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical (IF) Macro

Review Date: Feb 2, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 4 

Pros: Build quality, top quality materials
Very slow and very soft. Started getting lent inside the lens barrel.

Iím going to have to go against the grain here. This lens is soft. The auto focus speed is very slow. Even at the sharpest apertures of f5.6 at 24-70 and f8 at 70-135. Pictures had a funny old style TV (red, green, yellow) pattern when blown up. I got this used from eBay for $200usd, 5 months ago. I honestly didnít have a problem with it, till I got an 18-70mm Nikon lens. There was no comparison in sharpness at any aperture. This started to bug me, as I would take important shots only to find that softness around detailed areas of the photo. Good for people coming from point and shoot cameras? Yes. The only reason I kept this lens was for its macro feature. When you photograph small products for sale on eBay under good light, this thing kills the Nikon 18-70mm lens. But it was destine not to be. I sold this on eBay again for a $40.00 loss. If you want sharp photos, do not get this lens. Last but not least, the lens sucks in dust like a vacuum cleaner.

I will end this on a positive note about the lens. All metal body build with rubber grips. Itís built very well. I find it funny that my Nikon glass is made so poorly and yet sharper.