Sony users rejoice! This is the very first zoom with a maximum aperture of f / 2
Tamron has announced Sony’s very first full-frame mirrorless lens with a maximum aperture of f / 2: the Tamron 35-150mm f / 2-2.8 Di III VXD.
At the same time, it also announced an updated version of its 28-75mm lens (also for Sony full frame) the Tamron 28-75mm f / 2.8 Di III VXD G2. Both goals are expected to be launched this year.
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While f / 2 mirrorless zooms aren’t new, with the ridiculously good Canon RF 28-70mm f / 2L USM being the first to hit the market, the Tamron 35-150mm f / 2-2.8 Di III VXD is the first one to hit Sony systems – and has a much more versatile focal length and form factor.
Ideal as a walking lens, and especially for travel photography, the 35-150mm will undoubtedly prove popular for those looking for unique optics – especially with its minimum object distance of 0.33m to the wide end.
Tamron promises that its VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focusing mechanism “features very fast, high-precision autofocus for a fast-aperture lens.”
Making less headlines, but no less exciting, the Tamron 28-75mm f / 2.8 G2 is the successor to the brilliant Tamron 28-75mm F / 2.8 Di III RXD (which we awarded five stars in our review).
The G2 retains the compact size (and 67mm filter thread) of its predecessor, but features a new improved optical formula for “based on a design that has been redesigned to improve imaging performance and its features are compatible with the latest models of digital cameras that offer increased resolution. ”
It also features Tamron’s VXD autofocus reader for fast and precise autofocus. It also has a minimum object distance of 0.18m at the wide end, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1: 2.7, again making it a go-to lens for close-up shooting. creative.
Again, Tamron says he expects both lenses to ship in 2021 – though release dates are obviously a somewhat moving target, between pandemic concerns and global shortages of components and fleas.
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