Tamron has officially introduced the 17-50mm F4 Di III VXD, a wide-angle full-frame zoom lens (Model A068) designed for Sony mirrorless cameras. This announcement comes after its initial unveiling in August.
The lens’s optical configuration comprises 15 elements arranged in 13 groups, featuring three low-dispersion elements, one molded aspherical element, and two composite aspherical elements.
It boasts a 9-blade diaphragm with rounded blades for smooth bokeh. The lens’s autofocus is powered by a swift and precise VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear drive.
Measuring a compact 114.4 mm in length and weighing a mere 460 g, this lens incorporates an internal zoom mechanism. This means it maintains its compact form factor even when zoomed in. The focal range extends to 50mm, making it suitable for capturing portraits and tighter shots of everyday subjects.
With a minimum focusing distance of 7.5″ at the wide end and 11.8″ at the telephoto end, it excels at close-up photography. This versatile range is complemented by a constant f/4 maximum aperture, prioritizing portability and rendering it an excellent all-around lens.
Designed with multimedia applications in mind, this lens features a VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor that ensures rapid and silent autofocus performance. Its internal zoom and focus design maintain a consistent length during operation, ensuring ease of handling, particularly when using a gimbal stabilizer.
Price and release date
Sales are scheduled to commence on October 19th, with the Tamron 17-50mm F4 Di III VXD for Sony E mount priced at $699. Enthusiasts can pre-order it through Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com online stores.
Tamron 17-50mm F4 Di III VXD specifications
- Focal Length: 17 to 50mm
- Lens Mount: Sony E
- Lens Format Coverage: Full-Frame
- Focus Type: Autofocus
- Image Stabilization: No
- Front Filter Size: 67 mm
- Maximum Aperture: f/4
- Minimum Focus Distance: 7.5″ / 19 cm
In related news, Rokinon has recently expanded its Xeen Meister optics lineup by introducing two new wide-angle lenses: the Xeen Meister 14mm T2.6 and the Xeen Meister 24mm T1.3. These additions cater to full-frame sensors, boast a 13-blade aperture, and offer compatibility with various bayonet mounts, including PL, Canon EF, or Sony E-Mount.