Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD

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(From Tamron lens literature) Tamron announces the launch of a new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037), for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The vision behind the Model A037 is that of an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that has a separate concept from SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012), with superb image quality and easy portability. At just 3.5 in in length and 16.2 oz. in weight, it is the smallest and lightest in its class. The focal length ranges from an ultra-wide 17mm that is suitable for professional landscape photography to a standard 35mm perfect for snapshot photography. As for F-stops, the wide-angle end is a large aperture f/2.8, and at the telephoto end is a fast f/4. The Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating help to enhance the user's photographic experience. For those looking to try out an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the first time, as well as having a lens that is easily portable, the A037 is the definitive choice. The lens will be available in Nikon mount on September 4, 2018 at a suggested retail price of US$599. The launch of the Canon mount model will be announced at a later date.

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  1. High-performance imaging for shooting vast landscapes in sharp detail
    The optical construction (15 elements in 10 groups) uses four LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to minimize axial chromatic aberrations that can occur with ultra-wide-angle zoom lenses. With two properly positioned GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lenses, distortion and other aberration can be satisfactorily corrected as well. Being the smallest and lightest in its class and dedicated to high quality imaging, the engineers have paid particular attention to size. The lens has also been carefully designed to allow peripheral point image reproducibility and thereby facilitate a high degree of sharpness and contrast. The Minimum Object Distance (MOD) for the entire zoom range is a short 11 in., so background blurring is still possible when opening the aperture and approaching the subject close-up with this ultra-wide-angle zoom.

  2. Advanced coating technology along with proprietary ghosting analysis simulation technology enabled the high level of backlighting control
    Resistance to backlighting is extremely important for wide-angle lenses as they are often subjected to strong light sources. The Model A037 has a high level optical construction that repeatedly employs comprehensive ghosting analysis simulation. The BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating is highly effective in reducing reflection, allowing ghosting and flare throughout the entire zoom range to be controlled.

  3. OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) enables both excellent AF speed and drive noise reduction
    The AF drive system employs an OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) to ensure quiet operation. Through the innovative optimization of the system that includes AF system speed reduction gear, Tamron could greatly reduce the drive noise in comparison to conventional AF types with built-in DC motors. AF performance and speed have also been vastly improved. Thus, even if silence is required, AF can be employed without having to worry at all about noise creation. The Model A037 can provide superlative AF precision for exact focus even when shooting moving objects, as well as outstanding trackability.

  4. Circular aperture to produce a smooth-edged bokeh
    A 7-blade diaphragm is configured to retain a smooth, circular-shaped aperture opening even when stopped down by two stops from the wide-open aperture. This produces a smooth-edged bokeh in background light spots and avoids rugged aperture geometry.

  5. Moisture-Resistant Construction
    Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

  6. Fluorine Coating
    The surface of the front element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The front surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. The coating also provides an enhanced level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years.

  7. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in Console™, an optional accessory
    The new A037 is compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update a lens’s firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF.

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Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.


Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD User Reviews

9.0/10 average of 1 reviews Build Quality 8.0/10 Image Quality 9.0/10
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (1 reviews)
    Amazingly sharp at all apertures from f4 to f13 Takes 77mm filters Very lightweight Weatherproof very accurate focusing
    Lightweight construction

    This little lens greatly surprised me with the sheer quality of its optics, so much so that I sold my beloved Nikon 16-35 VR f4 lens, the Tamron was just so much sharper, especially in the corners.

    I then took it a little further and put it up against my current favourite Prime lens the Irix 15mm 2.4.
    Another surprise, it not only held it's own but bettered the Irix just slightly on the edges especially the all-important Landscape apertures of f8,f11 and f13.

    It would appear that Tamron has a winner on their hands with this lovely compact and lightweight lens.

    I also found it to be very accurate using the Tamron Tap-in console and only needed a tiny tweak at 35mm, it would seem to be really optimized at the wide end.

    My son also bought one and it is just as sharp and accurate, his on a Nikon D800 and Mine on the Nikon D810.

    reviewed September 23rd, 2018 (purchased for $600)