Tamron has announced the development of a new 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD (Model A068) zoom lens.
A full-frame zoom lens for Sony E-mount that offers a versatile zoom range from ultra-wide 17mm up to 50mm together with a constant F4 aperture.
Tamron has not provided the full specs as yet, but they have revealed that it uses their VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor to drive the autofocusing system.
The minimum focussing distance is just 0.19m (7.5in.) at 17mm and 0.3m (11.8in) at 50mm and the lens features an internal zoom design so the length does not change when zooming, this is a big help for gimbal users.
The 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD is also moisture-resistant and includes a fluorine coating on the front of the lens to help keep minimize dirt and fingerprints.
Like with most of Tamron’s lenses a 67mm filter thread size has been used.
The lens is also compatible with Tamron’s Lens Utility software tool for additional user customization and firmware updates.
Pricing information has not yet been made available, but the lens is planned to go on sale in the fall according to Tamron.
B&H Photo already have a page up for this lens so you can get notified when it’s available to purchase.
TAMRON announces development of world’s first* 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD (Model A068) for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras
August 24, 2023, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shogo Sakuraba), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the development of the 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD (Model A068), a wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras.
This groundbreaking lens zooms from 17mm ultra wide-angle to 50mm standard, the world’s first* with such a dynamic zoom range for full-frame mirrorless cameras. TAMRON’s new 17-50mm F4 for Sony mirrorless cameras is a wide-angle zoom with a constant F4 aperture covering ultra wide-angle to standard focal lengths, a zoom range ideal for both still photography and video recording. This lens achieves excellent optical performance across the entire zoom range, with crispness from edge-to-edge. The lens also incorporates VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism with superior quietness and agile performance and achieves high-speed and high-precision autofocus. Additionally, the physical length of the lens does not change while zooming. It’s the perfect lens for taking still photos and is also ideal for video shooting, in part since it’s easy to balance even when fitted to a gimbal stabilizer or other equipment. The excellent close-range shooting performance provides an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.19m (7.5in) at the wide end and 0.3m (11.8in) at the tele end. This lets users get closer to the subject to capture one-of-a-kind photos in a broad range of situations. The ideal “walk around” lens, the new 17-50mm F4 zoom offers great portability and convenience and makes it possible to shoot a variety of content, both still images and video, from sweeping landscapes to snapshots, all without switching lenses.
1. Zoom lens that covers ultra wide-angle to standard focal length at constant F4 aperture
2. High optical performance and image quality throughout the entire zoom range
3. Compact for easy handling with internal zoom for superlative balance
4. Fast and accurate AF for still and video shooting
5. Outstanding close-range shooting performance expands versatility
6. Additional features for greater convenience
7. Proprietary software tool TAMRON Lens UtilityTM expands the possibilities of still imaging and video capture
8. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating)
9. 67mm filter size, same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.Tamron.com