Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD Review

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Reviews of the Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD from around the web.

dustinabbott.net »

This year Tamron has introduced a second lens in a presumed trilogy of fast zoom lenses for Sony. They’ve tackled the wide end of things with the Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 RXD (A046). Like the 28-75mm, they’ve chosen a slightly less conventional zoom range. In this case, it is a little narrower than, say, the Sony 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens. Tamron undoubtedly made this choice to allow them to create a smaller, lighter lens with excellent performance across its limited zoom range.
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cameralabs.com »

The 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD is Tamron's second native lens designed specifically for Sony's full-frame mirrorless E-mount bodies. From my tests Tamron's 17-28mm seems to follow in the footsteps of their 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD standard zoom: it offers a constant f2.8 focal ratio, is sharp to very sharp, shows very good resistance against flare and glare in challenging contra-light situations, and offers useful performance in close-up shooting.
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ephotozine.com »

Perhaps it is a sign that the Sony mirrorless system has come of age when third party manufacturers start to make lenses to compete with the marque alternatives. Tamron introduces here the new 17-28mm lens for full-frame Sony FE mount cameras, although it can still be mounted on crop sensor bodies if desired. In that case, the “35mm equivalent” field of view becomes similar to a 25.5-42mm.
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amateurphotographer.co.uk »

This new optic maintains the same design philosophy, being a large-aperture zoom that achieves a compact size by employing a relatively modest focal-length range. Indeed its 1.6x zoom ratio is surprisingly short in a market where such lenses usually extend to 35mm. But there’s a good deal of sense in Tamron’s approach, as most users will surely be pairing the lens with a standard zoom starting at 24mm or 28mm.
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