Tamron have been pretty good at making one-stop-shop zoom lenses for events and general photography however, recently Tamron announced the launch of a high-speed, full frame 28-75mm f/2.8 standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount, amply titled – the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036).
The 24-70-ish mm range offers 90% of the FOV needed for event work and general purpose running around whether photo or vide, hence why the 28-75mm f2.8 from Tamron is kind of a big deal (even though it is a 28mm at the wide end). Well known for their budget priced glass, Tamron say their new zoom lens apparently delivers superb optical performance, including both outstanding image quality and beautiful background blur effects (bokeh) only possible with a fast aperture, thanks to a new optical system designed specifically for mirrorless cameras.
In addition to shooting portraits with creative, de-focused backgrounds, photographers can enjoy dynamic wide-angle expressions like never before thanks to a Minimum Object Distance (MOD) of 0.19m (7.5 in) at the wide-angle zoom setting.
There is no optical image stabilization in this lens, but since new E mount full-frame mirrorless cameras already have that, I am sure the upcoming A7s III and APS-C a6700 (whenever these are announced) can make up for this omission with their respective IBIS. Nevertheless, the new Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 is fast enough and compact/lightweight for video work measuring only 117.8mm (4.6 in) and weighing 550g (19.4 oz).
The new lens also features an all-new high-speed and precise AF driving system. The RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) strikes a balance between speed and silent operation, making it perfect for both video and still image capture.
The lens also features Moisture-Resistant Construction that is useful in outdoor photography, plus hydrophobic Fluorine Coating that is highly resistant to fingerprints and dirt. In addition, the lens will fully match with various camera-specific features including the in-camera lens correction and Direct Manual Focus (DMF) system features of Sony cameras, enabling this new zoom to take full advantage of the advanced functions that ensure comfortable user experiences.
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Sony E Features
- Sony E-Mount Lens
- Full-Frame sensor coverage
- Constant f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
- RXD Stepping AF Motor
- Fluorine-Coated Front Element
- Moisture-Resistant Construction
- Compatible with many of the advanced features of Sony mirrorless cameras:
- Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF
- Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
- In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)
- Camera-based lens unit firmware updates
- $799 at B&H / Adorama
- Available end of May 2018
If you are a Sony E mount full-frame shooter in the market for a new one-stop-shop/standard zoom with a fast aperture for less than $1000, the new Tamron 28-75mm may just be it. For more specs, image samples and info head over to Tamron.
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