Tamron Announces new 17-28mm f2.8 Lens for Full Frame Sony E-mount

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

Tamron has announced a new lens: the 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046). This has been designed as a sister lens to the very popular 28-75mm F2.8 that was released last year, and is compatible with Sony E-mount cameras (both crop and full frame). 

The lens features 9 aperture blades and is constructed with 13 elements in 11 groups. The RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit provides fast and accurate autofocus with minimal noise. The lens is also compatible with current Sony autofocus features such as Hybrid AF and Eye-AF. Minimum focus distance is 0.19m at 17mm, and 0.26mm at 28mm. The lens is constructed as moisture resistant, and the front element is coated with a hydrophobic fluorine coating to repel water and fingerprints. 

When paired with the 28-75mm, both lenses cover a wide to medium telephoto range consistently at F2.8, for a total weight of 907g, just over two pounds. This provides a great option for those looking to operate with a more travel-friendly or portable kit. Both lenses also have a 67mm filter thread, making filter use convenient without the need for different sized filters or step-up rings. 

The Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 lens is available for preorder now at a price of $1349.99 and is expected to begin shipping later this summer. 

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Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD

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Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.