Tamron recently introduces a new 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD lens for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, as well as an upgraded 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 standard zoom. The Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD for Fujifilm X-mount cameras is perhaps the most exciting news, since it is Tamron’s first ever Fujifilm fit lens, as well as the first superzoom lens for that camera.
Tamron’s mirrorless camera lens lineup is expanding rapidly, and these two new additions for Sony’s full frame E-mount cameras provide highly cost-effective alternatives to Sony’s own lenses. Tamron claims that the 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD is the world’s first F/2 mirrorless zoom lens. At full zoom, the maximum aperture drops to F2.8, but it’s still a very outstanding maximum aperture for a lens with this zoom range.
The Fujifilm X-mount 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD is a really intriguing lens. It certainly benefits from Tamron’s experience in superzoom lenses, and it’s extremely reasonably priced as a possible all-in-one travel lens for Fujifilm customers who previously had just Fujifilm’s own considerably shorter XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R lens.
Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD
The focal range of the Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD is unique, falling midway between a normal zoom and a short telephoto zoom. It has a 35mm angle of vision at the short end of the zoom range, which is a semi-wide field of view, and a short telephoto at maximum zoom. Although the maximum aperture is just F2 at 35mm, it lowers to F2.8 at 150mm, which is still an outstanding maximum aperture for that focal length.
Tamron’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism is used for “extremely high-speed and high-precision autofocus,” and the lens elements comprise four LD (Low Dispersion) and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical). When shooting at wide apertures, Tamron promises constant excellent image quality to the corners of the frame and minimized onion ring bokeh (concentric circles).
Other characteristics include close-focusing capabilities with a minimum focus distance of 0.33m (at the broad end) and a moisture-resistant construction with fluorine coating to repel water, as well as the inclusion of a lens hood.
Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD will be available from October 28.
Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2
Tamron’s 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 is an upgraded version of the company’s previous 28-75mm F2.8 lens for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras. It has a somewhat larger range of focal lengths than Sony’s own 24-70mm F2.8 G Master lens, but it is smaller and far less expensive, while having the same constant F2.8 maximum aperture.
This new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 version features a new optical design that improves performance and matches the resolution of the newest mirrorless cameras. Tamron’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism improves AF speed and precision, and a new design improves operation and ergonomics.
Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 will be available from October 28.
Tamron 18-300 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD for Fujifilm’s X-mount
The Tamron 18-300 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD, which will be available on October 28th, is the first superzoom lens for Fujifilm X-mount cameras, with a zoom range of 16.6x, dwarfing the 7.5x range of its nearest competition, the Fujinon XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R.
The 18-300 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD has a full-frame equivalent focal range of 27mm to 450mm, with magnification ranging from wide-angle to near super-telephoto. It features a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 for close-ups and employs Tamron’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus, as well as Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism. This will be particularly handy for Fujifilm cameras that lack in-body stabilization.
This lens, like the two new Sony-fit lenses mentioned above, should be available on October 28th, however Tamron warns that it may be delayed due to current worldwide pandemic circumstances.