Tamron has been aggressively expanding their lens lineup for Sony users, and today the company has announced that another Sony FE lens will be joining their ever-expanding family. The Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD zoom lens promises to be a compact, lightweight solution to those who want a wide angle zoom lens in their collection. Join us after the break for more details about the lens, and for pricing and release information.
The Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 is a wide aperture lens that has been designed specifically for Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras. This wide angle lens is the next in the line that features the RXD (Rapid eXtra-Silent Stepping Drive) autofocus motor. This means the lens should be incredibly quick and very quiet when autofocusing. We have seen the RXD motor before in the impressive Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD.
The new lens will be the perfect companion to its sibling, the 28-75mm f2.8. The constant f2.8 aperture and minimum focusing distance of 7.5 inches at the wide end of things should make this a very versatile lens, and will likely be enjoyed a great deal by those who like landscape photography and environmental portraiture. The lens will also feature a hydrophobic Fluorine coating to help repel dirt and fingerprints, and the body has some weather sealing too (or as Tamron likes to call it, Moisture Resistant Construction). The Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 (or model A046) will play nice with all of the excellent Sony AF features such as Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF.
The Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD is just 3.9 inches long, and weighs 0.925lbs (14.8oz). Inside you’ll find 13 elements in 11 groups, including three aspherical lens elements, two LD (Low Dispersion) elements, and one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element. The Broad Band Anti-Reflection coating should also help control ghosting and flare.
The Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD for Sony Mirrorless cameras will be hitting store shelves on July 25th 2019, with a retail price of $899. For more information you can head to Tamron’s official website.