Last month we have posted about the 'under development' status of the Tamron 17-50mm f4 Di III VXD Lens, and now it is available to pre-order for $600 at B&H Photo.
This is no ordinary standard zoom lens though, it covers an ultra-wide to standard angle focal range for Sony E mount full frame cameras whereas the typical zoom lenses with ultra-wide angle wide-end generally reaches only 35mm on the tele end, some examples are Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS and the faster Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II lenses. 50mm at the tele end is especially good for portrait shots where the other lenses fall short.
Here is a size comparison of the Tamron 17-50mm F4 E Mount vs Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II lenses:
Tamron 17-50mm f4 Di III VXD Key Specs
- 17-40mm Focal Range
- F4.0 Max Aperture
- Filter Thread: 67mm
- Max Format: 35mm FF
- Sony E Mount
- 15 Elements in 13 Groups
- 3 LD (Low Dispersion), 1 GM (Glass Molded Aspherical), 2 hybrid aspherical
- Weight: 460g
- Diameter x Length: 75mm x 114
- Min Focus Distance: 0.19m
- Max Magnification: 0.26x
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- Check Price at: Amazon, B&H Photo
The lens is expected to start shipping around October 12th from B&H Photo. It has an MSRP of $699 which is a reasonable price for a fixed f4 aperture wide zoom lens in our opinion.