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$1399 Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 for Sony E-mount

Blonde Robot has announced the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 Di III-A VC RXD for Sony APSC E-Mount will be available from mid-January 2021 with an RRP of $1399.

New lens announcements are rarely completed without achieving a new ‘world’s first’ feature, and this high speed standard zoom lens doesn’t disappoint. It’s the ‘world’s first’ high speed zoom for APS-C mirrorless cameras with a 4.1x zoom ratio and vibration compensation – not overly impressive but it’s something!

The optical construction features 16 elements in 12 groups, including two GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements and one Hybrid Aspherical lens element to achieve high-res performance across the frame.

Tamron’s Vibration Compensation – signified by the VC in the name – can combine with additional algorithms when shooting video for darned stable performance.

At 17mm, the lens can focus on objects down to 0.19m, which Tamron claims is ‘far superior’ compared with conventional high-speed zoom lenses for APS-C cameras. At 70mm, the Minimum Object Distance is 0.39mm.

Lastly, the not least, the lens weighs just 252 grams, and measures at 119.3mm in length and 74.6mm in maximum diameter. Not bad for a lens with built-in VC image stabilisation, says Tamron.

Other features include:
RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) motor unit;
Moisture-resistant construction with fluorine coating;
Read the full press release.

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