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06-22-2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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Tamron SP AF10-24 mm F3.5-4.5 Autofocus Issues

Just had this lens delivered today. First impressions are good, but there seems to be a problem with autofocus with my two month old K-5 body.

At the wide end of the zoom, 10 mm and up to about 13 mm in single mode autofocus moved the focus ring to "infinity" at subjects over about a meter, but wouldn't "beep" and lock reliably. Smaller aperture seemed to make this worse. Continuous or manual mode work OK. Live view focus works OK. Above that length it seems to work perfectly.

I had a look at the "fine tune" setting for the lens, and after some fiddling a setting of +9 seems to have resolved the problem.

I haven't really thoroughly tested the lens for sharpness. Initial results looked OK at 100% with fall off to edges / corners as expected, so do (to be honest) the "fine tuned" ones.

All thoughts on this gratefully received.

ETA Just got round to testing sharpness properly, and (of course) lens was now focusing in the wrong place!
Put that back to "0" now OK.

Strange thing is now focusing seems better. Could it be this lens doesn't like smaller apertures and dull subjects? Anyway, at the moment it's looking like that bloke Dave was the main problem. . .

Last edited by DWPhoto; 06-22-2012 at 09:33 AM. Reason: Jumping the gun! :)
06-22-2012, 10:17 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Found the first one post you listed but not the others. Looks like the focus thing is a "feature" then, although why the aperture should make any difference I'm not sure as I assumed (and the one post seems to confirm) that the camera focuses "wide open."

TBH it's not really a big problem as at 10 mm F7.1 gives a DOF from a couple of feet to infinity in any case.

I really just wanted to know that it wasn't just my example.

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