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Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Lens for Sony E

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Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 25.5-105mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
  • Three Aspherical Elements
Spanning a versatile zoom range and characterized by its bright design, the Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD is a 25.5-105mm-equivalent lens for APS-C-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. The wide to short-tele range is ideal for everyday shooting and the fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture suits working in difficult lighting conditions and offers improved control over depth of field. Complementing this design is a series of specialized optics, including aspherical and low dispersion elements, that produce well-corrected imagery with high sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy. Individual elements also feature Tamron's BBAR coating, which suppresses flare and ghosting for greater contrast when working in backlit and harsh lighting conditions.
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Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Overview

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Spanning a versatile zoom range and characterized by its bright design, the Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD is a 25.5-105mm-equivalent lens for APS-C-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. The wide to short-tele range is ideal for everyday shooting and the fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture suits working in difficult lighting conditions and offers improved control over depth of field. Complementing this design is a series of specialized optics, including aspherical and low dispersion elements, that produce well-corrected imagery with high sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy. Individual elements also feature Tamron's BBAR coating, which suppresses flare and ghosting for greater contrast when working in backlit and harsh lighting conditions.

Adding to the versatility of the zoom design is a Vibration Compensation image stabilization system, which reduces the appearance of camera shake for steadier photo and video recording in low-light conditions. Also benefitting handling, an RXD stepping motor enables quick, near-silent autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override and a minimum focusing distance of 7.5". Suiting this lens's use in inclement weather conditions, it also features a moisture-resistant construction along with a fluorine-coated front element to protect against fingerprints and smudging.

Versatile zoom is designed for APS-C-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras and covers wide-angle to short-telephoto fields of view with its 25.5-105mm equivalent focal length range.
Bright constant f/2.8 maximum aperture affords consistent brightness throughout the zoom range and offers improved control over depth of field.
Two molded glass aspherical elements and one hybrid aspherical element help to correct distortion and spherical aberrations to achieve a high degree of sharpness and accurate rendering.
Two LD (Low Dispersion) elements greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range in order to realize improved clarity and color accuracy.
BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating has been applied to individual elements in order to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting to achieve greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) autofocus motor delivers impressively quiet, quick, and smooth focusing performance to suit both stills and video applications. This focusing system also offers a minimum focusing distance of just 7.5" and a 1:4.8 maximum magnification for working with close-up subjects. Full-time manual focus override is also possible, and it is compatible with Sony's Direct Manual Focus function or fine-tuned manual control.
VC image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for more effective handheld shooting in difficult lighting conditions.
A moisture-resistant construction benefits this lens' use in inclement conditions, and a fluorine coating has also been applied to the front lens element to protect against dust, dirt, and smearing.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 725211700012

Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Specs

Focal Length17 to 70mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 25.5 to 105mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View79° 55' to 23° 0'
Minimum Focus Distance7.5" / 19 cm
Maximum Magnification0.21x
Optical Design16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.9 x 4.7" / 74.6 x 119.3 mm
Length at Maximum Extension5.77" / 146.5 mm
Weight1.2 lb / 525 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 5.3 x 4.9"

Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Reviews

Great Versatile Lens

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-19

Coming from Canon and shooting a lot of weddings, my favorite was the 24-70mm. This lens was even better for my first wedding shoot with the extended range it gives. Focusing was fast and images are sharp. Great lens!

A zoom lens that tries to be a prime

By Steve
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-31

To be fair I've been using the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 X mount for only a few days but here's my first impressions. As a photographer who uses mostly primes, sometimes lens swapping is a pain especially for event photography and travel. So I picked up the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 as a multi role lens. While the Tam 17-70 obviously can't compete with the details and fast aperture of a prime it sure tries hard and gets fairly close. One of the best features so far has been the close focus range. You can get closer and better magnification at 17mm than at 70mm. 0.19m (7.5 in) (WIDE) /0.39m (15.4 in) (TELE). I did notice the Tam 17-70 can't get as close as the XF 16mm f.14 (0.15m) but at 17mm (0.19m) it produces an identical magnification. Size is a factor, compared to a fast Fuji prime the Tam 17-70mm is noticeably longer and heavier at 525g. However considering it covers the 16, 23, 33, & 56 (1515g total) the bag weight of the single 17-70 is considerably less by over 2lbs. That's exactly what I was looking for along with the ease of using variable focal lengths with a constant aperture and no lens swapping. Pictured - Spoon windchime shows chromatic aberrations (a rather bold red fringe) Tam 17-70 at 33mm, f4, 1/2000, ISO 200, No edits 50% crop. - Spider Tam 17-70 at 17mm, f4, 1/250, ISO 640, Brightened and 50% crop Pros -The focal range is really nice and covers a great range. -Constant aperture is sweet. -Lighter than the XF 16-55 f2.8 -Macro close focus is absolutely awesome -The VC (vibration compensation) is a great addition. I would say it's much better than the OIS of the XF 18-55. Cons -Heavy Chromatic aberration at times (correctable in post) -Long lens, similar to the XF 70-300 or 55-200 -Loose focus ring -Re-focus required after focal length change -No aperture ring, easily worked around with use of the command dial -f2.8 aperture is good but can be lacking for indoor and evening photography, the VC does help by allowing a theoretical 5 stops slower shutter speeds At $800 the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 for Fuji X mount provides some great features and has a few issues but most can be overcome. Overall I'm impressed and I look forward to using the lens more, and that's what matters most to me.

An excellent value

By Keith
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-30

The Fuji 16-55mm has a better build and is probably slightly sharper, but it does not have OIS and it is a lot more expensive. If you are looking for a mid-range zoom for your Fuji-X body, this is really a no-brainer.

Le paradis de la photo

By Alain
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-25

Excellente magasin de photos et vidos Tout pour les amateurs et les Pro Personnel trs sympa J'ai trouv mon objectif sans difficult Tamron 17-70. 2.8 pour Fuji Je recommande

The best lens for Sony APS-C

By Eladio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-08

I bought the 17-70 a few weeks ago and I am really in love with this lens, the focal range is super dynamic and works for many scenarios. The only defect is that after 50 mm it loses a bit of sharp is very discreet, but if you are very fussy, I recommend checking some reviews. For my and my kind of work, it's perfect

Good 4 photo, video w/ limits

By Peter
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-23

I like the image and bokeh. When zooming, the lens needs to refocus. AF on an X-H2S is OK but not as confident as on the fuji 16-55 f2.8. I obviously appreciate the added zoom range compared to that lens. The AF is quite silent which is nice for video. The manual focus scale in the camera seems wrongly calibrated to show a much further distance (minor annoyance).

Great product

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-28

Love the f2.8, love its handling. Don't like the size and weight, but that's the price paid for quality.

Tamron 17-70mm lens is ideal lens for long hot hikes

By Bernard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-16

This review will center on why this lens is useful for solving the unique challenges relating to hikes with other people on trails between 3 and 10 miles/hike. (For hiking I usually use my Sony A6600--not my heavier full frame Sony). The best crop sensor lens for hikes lens will satisfy the following: 1. Weight and size. If the lens is too heavy you will not want to hike with it. If too big, ditto. 2. Good enough overall optical quality. This lens few relevant optical weaknesses for hiking--sharpness and other properties are amazing. Obviously, one obvious limiting factor might be the maximum f/2.8 lens opening--especially early or late in the day, under a heavy tree canopy, or in the rain. In those cases Just pump up ISO to 6400 and get the shots. 3. Quick access to different focal lengths. No one wants to carry multiple lenses for a fun time on the hiking trail. And yet, from instant to instant you will need portraits of your fellow hikers, then the distant deer, then the turtles up VERY close, etc. Zooms like this one that have a high magnification factor rule here! The other limiting factor might be the max 70mm focal length. However, this lens is optically so strong that I can shoot at 70mm (use f/5.6 or 8), and then crop extensively in post--and still get an excellent image. 4. Moisture resistance. Your lens will get sweaty after a hot hike. I uncarefully wipe this moisture resistant lens with lots of filtered water and then dry the lens off!

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If you haven't bought the lens, you can add either a 3 year or 4 year plan on our website when you purchase the lens. If you have already purchased the lens, you'll need to call and have our agents add the protection plan for you.
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