Was wondering whether anyone has used either these two lenses on their F80. How does it compare in terms of optical quality, build quality and Autofocus speed. Heard the Tamron focuses real slow on the F80. If so, how does this compare with the Nikon?
Its not just the focusing. i used a tamron 24-135 b4 & i can tell u very bluntly, its not a very sharp lens & the colour is not very nice. the nikon 24-120 is not very good either. i got feedback from users in diff photo equip shops saying that its distortion is quite hi juz like the tamron & sharpness not that great. however, the overall colour reproduction (colour rendition) seems to be better on the nikon, due to its coatings.
when u buy any lens, dun juz look at those MTF test to determine its qualities. u also need to consider other factors too like chromatic aberration, barrel distortion, colour rendition, etc. usually, original manufacturer (may it be canon, nikon, pentax, etc) will give a better overall results.
if u got the dough, go for the 24-120 VR ED version. cost alot more but the quality & sharpness sure beats the old 24-120D.
hope that helps. :> (ps. that tamron lens is also noisy when foucusing, but the close focusing range is a factor to consider.)
hi. I never used the Tamron, but I own a 24-120. A lot has been said about this lens, I don't know if I was lucky but for my sample, it is very sharp from 24 to 90mm, after that it becomes a little softer but still good for 6 x 4s though. It is extremely flexible as a travel lens and at f8 and f11 it gets you very nice pics. As most zooms it'll never survive the comparison with a prime and sometimes the maximum aperture is too slow. Check the archives I've seen few posts discussing this lens.
I have the Tamron 24-135 and think it is a great lens. I don't have a comparable range Nikon to compare with. But, I do have the Nikon 80-200 2.8 which seems to be universally highly regarded. I regularly alternate between those two lenses on a roll of film, and I can never tell just by looking at prints, slides, or scanned versions of them, which lens I used. I have printed as big as 13x19 and am very happy with the results.