Pre-orders have now started for the new Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD lens for Sony full-frame E-mount.
The lens has gone on sale for $899.99 in the US and £899.99 in the UK, and it will be available for shipping in late July. This makes it around $1300 cheaper than the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens!
The 17-28 is 9cm (3.9″) long and weighs in at 420g (14.8oz.). Both zoom and focus are internal so doesn’t extend, the lens is also sealed against dust and moisture.
The lens has a total of 13 elements, including two low-dispersion and one extra-low-dispersion element. It has a BBAR coating to reduce ghosting and flare and a fluorine coating to resist fingerprints and moisture. It has a minimum working distance of 19cm (7.5″) and maximum magnification of 0.19x. The lens is threaded for 67mm filters, which is the same filter size as the Tamron 28-75.
If this lens turns out to be as well made and popular as Tamron’s very successful 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD, then expect availability to be limited for months ahead.
There’s a great review already available from KROLOP & GERST on YouTube where they also compare it with the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM. You can also view sample images on their blog post here (in German).
Will you be buying this lens or would you still be willing to pay $1300 more for the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens?
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