Tamron announces price/availability for compact full-frame 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD E-mount lens
posted Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:30 AM EDT
Tamron has announced the launch and price of its new Sony E-mount wide-angle zoom lens, the 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD. The lens is a large aperture, ultra-wide-angle lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras and features a compact and lightweight design.
Despite its fast constant aperture, the lens weighs a mere 14.8 ounces (420 grams) and is 3.9 inches (99 millimeters) long. As of May 2019, it is the smallest and lightest full-frame f/2.8 ultra-wide zoom in its class. The lens features Tamron's Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive (RXD), which promises quick and quiet autofocus, making the lens well-suited to not only stills photography, but "virtually noise-free" video as well. The lens has a minimum object distance of 7.5 inches (0.19 meters) at the wide end of the lens, which results in a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.2.
The lens features a moisture-resistant construction and a fluorine coating on the front lens element. In total, the lens features 13 elements in 11 groups, including two Low Dispersion (LD) elements and an eXtra Low Dispersion (XLD) element. It is also fully compatible with popular Sony features, such as Fast Hybrid AF, Eye AF and Direct Manual Focus (DMF) while also supporting in-camera lens corrections. Tamron believes the new 17-28mm f/2.8 lens will make an excellent companion to their existing 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lens. Combined, the two f/2.8 lenses weighs less than a kilogram (35.3 ounces) and feature similar designs and the same 67mm filter thread.
The Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD will be available starting on July 25 with a suggested retail price of $899. You can preorder the lens via our affiliate links below and find additional information and specs by visiting our Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD overview.