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Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD APS-C Lens (2020)

Neoscore 69%NEX score 72%

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Product Overview

Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD is an APS-C all-in-one zoom lens for the E-mount mirrorless system. It covers the 25.5-105 mm full-frame-equivalent zoom range at a constant, bright f/2.8 aperture. It is Tamron's first high-speed zoom lens for mirrorless APS-C cameras.
Tamron designed this lens to be versatile. Its compact and lightweight nature makes it easy to carry on a camera throughout the day. Leveraging its unique experience in designing all-in-one zoom lenses, Tamron has managed to deliver good image quality and close-focusing capability.
Additionally, the 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD features optical image stabilization (Vibration Compensation, VC) that makes handheld videography and night photography more manageable.
This lens shares with full-frame E-mount zoom lenses that Tamron has marketed, such as the 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III, 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III and the 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III, in terms of features and filter size.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 69% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Optically stabilized
  • Weather-sealed
  • Fast AF
  • Good image quality
Cons
  • External zoom without zoom lock

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 72% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Sharp, sharp photos
  • Optical stabilization
  • Sharpness at 70mm at f2.8 and bo...
Cons
  • Lacks manual controls
  • Shaprness wide open art 70mm (only good) and the Bokeh balls that exhibits Strong onion rings
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Standard Zoom Lens
Image Size
APS-C
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
16 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
12 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 aspherical + 2 glass-molded aspherical elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
67 mm / 2.64 in
Size | Diameter
75 mm / 2.95 in
Size | Length
119 mm / 4.69 in
Weight
525 g / 18.55 oz

Function

Angle Of View
80.7° Diagonal | 70.4° Horizontal | 50.4° Vertical (wide) ~ 23.3° Diagonal | 19.5° Horizontal | 13.0° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Crop Factor
1.5
Focal Length
17 mm ~ 70 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
25.5 mm ~ 105.0 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
0.21x
Min Focus Distance
190 mm / 7.48 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2020-12-03
Model Name
B070

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 Di III A-VC RXD (900 euros) is a very good lens for all Sony APSC bodies and can produce high quality photos. It delivers very good to excellent sharpness, with a reliable AF, soft background blur, very good color rendering and optical stabilization that will be particularly useful in video. The Sony however is a clear winner for the bokeh balls aspect with much less onion rings.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good results and a very versatile lens: very good to excellent sharpness, natural color rendering, soft background blur, very good color rendering and optical stabilization that will be particularly useful in video
  • Sharpness at 70mm at f2.8 and bo...
Cons
  • Shaprness wide open art 70mm (only good) and the Bokeh balls that exhibits Strong onion rings

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD is a welcome addition to the E-mount lens library. It betters the premium E 16-55mm F 2.8 G in zoom power, adds optical stabilization, and nets exceedingly sharp photos across its zoom range. It's an especially appealing lens for photographers who've grown out of Sony's E 18-5mm F3.5.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp, sharp photos
  • Optical stabilization
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Lacks manual controls

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/12/22/tamron-17-70mm-f2-8-di-iii-a-vc-rxd/. 2020-12-22. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
2. ^ Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/tamron-17-70mm-f28-di-iii-a-vc-rxd. 2021-03-29. Retrieved 2021-03-31.

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