Review of Tamron SP AF 20-40 1: 2.7-3.5 Aspherical 266D

According provided by lens Tamron SP AF 20-40 1: 2.7-3.5 Aspherical 266D (for Nikon) many thanks to Nikolai Bezumny.

Tamron SP AF 20-40 1: 2.7-3.5 Aspherical 266D

Tamron SP AF 20-40 1: 2.7-3.5 Aspherical 266D

On Radozhiv already have a review of the model Tamron SP AF 20-40 1: 2.7-3.5 Aspherical 166DN, which is the predecessor of the 266D (from this review).

The main differences 266D and 166DN:

  • model 166DN produced from 1994 to 2000, and 266D - from 2000 to 2005.
  • models have a different body design: 266D lost a window with a focus scale (focus distance marks are indicated directly on the focus ring). There is a certain simplification of the lens. Gum, place labels and other little things have changed. Although, in general, the lenses are very similar to each other.
  • 166DN Uses COFH hood, 266D - 1COFH.
  • perhaps 266D has been enlightened.

In all other respects, the lenses are the same: they use the same optical design, have the same MDF, focusing speed, aperture, etc.

Source files can download from this link (33 photos in '.NEF' format, 500 MB).

The manual for Tamron SP AF 20-40 1: 2.7-3.5 Aspherical 266D, in which it is designated 'Tamron SPAF 20-40mm F / 2.7-3,5 LD Aspherical [IF] (Model 266D)', includes three lenses at once: 266D, 67D и 276D. I scanned the instruction, its English version can view and download from this link.

Catalog of modern Tamron lenses can look at this link.

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My experience

At the same time, Tamron SP AF 20-40 1: 2.7-3.5 Aspherical 266D and I visited the review Nikon AF NIKKOR 20-35mm 1: 2.8D... I was pleasantly surprised that, against the background of my native NIKKOR, TAMRON behaved well, although in general he lost to him. At the same time, TAMRON boasts a slightly higher zoom ratio and, at the very least, a large relative aperture at the widest end. Considering the huge difference in price between native and non-native lenses, the 266D and 166DN are quite attractive as a replacement for the native NIKKOR :).


The Tamron SP AF 20-40 1: 2.7-3.5 Aspherical 266D is an interesting wide-angle with a good build, fast focusing and good image quality at closed apertures. Nor does the 'Tamron SP' series of lenses usually disappoint.

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Comments: 18, on the topic: Review of Tamron SP AF 20-40 1: 2.7-3.5 Aspherical 266D

  • Lynx

    Traditionally flat and dull Tamronovsky drawing, alas. (((

    • anonym

      Murr ...

    • Alexander Malyaev

      And which budget counterparts have a drawing? And then I'm in the throes of choice shirik.

      • Lynx

        on ff / crop - or Nikon's 24 / 2,8, and 20 / 2,8 - you can get lucky and find a thousand for 20.
        Or for a crop - Tokin's 11-16, and the most suitable 12-24.
        But the words “drawing”, “quality”, “shirik” and “budget”, alas, are not often found in one sentence without the conjunctions “haha” and “nope”.

        • Anatoly

          If you choose between Nikkors and Tamron, then any Tamron must be taken
          Why take Nikkory with their wrong color reproduction (lead away in cold tones).
          Tamrons of tone are softer and richer - better than nikkors in everything

          • Lynx

            Dooo…. tamrons your all!

            • Anatoly

              if compared with Nikkors - then yes

  • Nicholas

    Lynx, either the Tamron plane, or the Sigma soap :)
    I have AF 28-105 from sigma, I have to close up to 11 holes, it was tolerably more or less.

    • Lynx

      there is still a charming bounce of tokens.
      or ripples of old Nikkors.

  • Oleg

    brevity is the soul of wit

  • Dmitry K

    So on the way a review of Nikkor 20-35 2.8? ))))

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Nikon 28 1.8

  • anonym

    It's okay to speak for tamron there, most of the weddings will “tamron” and nothing, they get all the rules ...)))

  • anonym

    And not a canon, which of the non-native norms will be? Okay, I'll ask a question specifically: samyang 14mm f / 2.8 who will say what? More than $ 300 now well, no way ... (

  • anonym

    * on canon

  • Andrei

    Shirik standards for 200 bucks

  • Volodimir

    I sell yak once such a zoom (the reason - I want fix 24 2.8). 097-64-058-74

  • Soot

    A very good lens. I highly recommend it!

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