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Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD Full-Frame Lens (2019)

Neoscore 78%NEX score 77%

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Product Overview

Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD lens is a wide-angle zoom lens for Sony's E-mount system. With a slightly narrower focal range, this lens is exceptionally compact and lightweight for an f/2.8 wide-angle zoom.
Tamron has endowed the 28-75mm F/2.8 lens with its latest BBAR coating for improved flare-resistance. Its RXD stepping motor is specifically designed for the characteristics of a mirrorless camera. With its emphasis on image quality, this lens makes for a good option for videos and stills alike.
The Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD is a good companion to Tamron's 28-75mm F/2.8 and 70-180mm F/2.8 lenses in the mirrorless E-mount system.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very good performance at wide end
  • Rather compact for an ultra-wide lens
  • Weather-sealed
Cons
  • Not as sharp as other f/2.8 alternatives
  • Relatively slow autofocus

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent center resolution
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent f/2.8 aperture
  • Very good image stabilization
  • Compact and light
Cons
  • Limited zoom range
  • Flare resistance is not that great
  • No lens case included
  • No release button
  • No fluorine front coat
  • No filter thread
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
13 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
11 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
LE and ED elements + BBAR and fluorine coating groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
67 mm / 2.64 in
Size | Diameter
73 mm / 2.87 in
Size | Length
99 mm / 3.90 in
Weight
420 g / 14.84 oz

Function

Angle Of View
103.7° Diagonal | 93.3° Horizontal | 70.4° Vertical (wide) ~ 75.4° Diagonal | 65.5° Horizontal | 46.4° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8–22 ~ f/2.8–22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
17 mm ~ 28 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.19x
Min Focus Distance
190 mm / 7.48 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2019-02-20
Model Name
A046

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following***:
The Tamron has the benefits of being more suited to landscape astrophotography and also showing a superior flare resistance. The Sony has a more useful range and across frame sharpness might also be a bit better at the long end. Both lenses will allow you to take perfectly fine pictures. Either you want f/2.8 or you want more range and OSS.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast maximum aperture
  • Wide field of view
  • Compact dimensions
Cons
  • Flare resistance is not that great
  • No filter thread

sonyalpha[2]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The lens is already very good at F2.8 and become excellent as of F4 up to F8. The only weaknesses are to be observed at 24 and 28mm in the corners especially wide open with less good performances. Bokeh and color rendition are very good and similar to the 16-35 GM. Vignetting is visible especially at 17mm but moderate at f2.4 CA were not detected during our tests.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good/excellent performance at 2,5 times less the price of the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8
  • Bokeh and color rendition are very good and similar to the 17-35 GM
  • Very similar sharpness at all apertures at all focal length
Cons
  • Distorsion is moderate in barrel
  • Reflective to flare when closed down to F16

cameralabs[3]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The 17-28mm f2.8 Di III is Tamron's second native lens designed specifically for Sony's full-frame mirrorless E-mount bodies. At 28mm focal length the lens focuses quickly in around 0.5 sec from infinity to 0.38m (1:10 magnification). The zoom ring turns through 65 degrees the way Sony users are used to and has a 31mm wide rubber surface with a good grip. It turns pretty stiff and can hardly be operated with one finger.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp to very sharp
  • Compact and light
  • Very good image stabilization
Cons
  • Limited zoom range

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Tamron is doing a fine job filling gaps in Sony's first-party lineup. The 17-28mm and 28-75mm are both on sale now, and form the foundation of a very solid, but budget-friendly, kit. It also has a trio of f/2.8 prime lenses, in 20, 24, and 35mm focal lengths.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent f/2.8 aperture
  • Excellent center resolution
  • Wide angle of view
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • No fluorine front coat

digitalpicture[5]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens is compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras, including both full frame and APS-C sensor format models. Tamron USA provides a significant 6-year limited warranty and Tamron Europe's limited warranty is an also-long 5 years.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • No release button
  • No lens case included

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Review: Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-tamron-17-28mm-f-2-8-di-iii-rxd/. 2019-07-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2019/07/28/tamron-17-28mm-f2-8-di-iii-rxd/. 2019-07-28. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
3. ^ Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/tamron-17-28mm-f2-8-di-iii-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
4. ^ Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/tamron-17-28mm-f28-di-iii-rxd. 2019-11-08. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Tamron-17-28mm-f-2.8-Di-III-RXD-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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