Tamron Announces an Extremely Compact Large Aperture Ultra Wide-angle Zoom Lens for Sony E-mount Cameras

Good news for Sony street photographers!
Tamron announces a large aperture, ultra wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount cameras that is extremely compact and lightweight with a filter diameter of 67mm.

This lens offers a large F/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range and delivers high-resolution and contrast edge-to-edge. The combination of ultra wide-angle focal length, large constant F/2.8 aperture and a MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.19m (7.5 in) at the wide-angle end encourages richly expressive and creative photography in a multitude of scenarios.

The new 17-28mm zoom’s AF drive system is powered by the RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit that enables it to deliver high-speed, high-precision and superbly quiet operation, making it suitable for shooting virtually noise-free video as well as still photographs. In addition, the new zoom lens features Moisture-Resistant Construction and a hydrophobic Fluorine Coating that repels fingerprints and dirt.

Plus, is fully compatible with various camera-specific features including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF.

High performance, combined with exceptional portability, make the 17-28mm zoom ideal for daily use.

Similar to Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens, the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 is designed for full frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras as an ultra-wide zoom option for wide focal lengths. As one of the most lightweight lenses in its class, it should offer some beautiful and shallow depth of field and work well with a low minimum object distance.

If used on APS-C models you’re looking at an equivalent focal length around 24.5-42mm, which could make a suitable mid-range coverage as well.

The Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD lens will retail for $899 and is expected to ship in late July.

More in on Tamron’s press release.

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