Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Lens for Sony E Mount is their first high-speed zoom lens for Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras.
It’s equipped with a range of features that will help you to produce stunning images and crystal-clear video footage. A maximum aperture of f2.8 across the entire 4.1x zoom ratio provides comprehensive control of depth of field and enables superb optical performance in low-light conditions.
The lens is equipped with Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism which provides a strong and reliable image stabilisation, and there’s also an RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit which offers fast and near-silent AF performance. It’s compatible with many in-camera Sony features such as Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF. It’s compact, lightweight and suitable for both photographers and filmmakers alike.
Features of the Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Lens for Sony E Mount
- Tamron’s first 17-70mm lens for APS-C sensors
- A max aperture of F/2.8 across the entire 4.1x zoom ratio
- 17-70mm offers a full-frame equivalent of 25.5-105mm
- RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit
- Achieves very fast and accurate autofocus operation
- Superb optical performance across the focal range
- Rugged, compact and lightweight construction
- Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism
- Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating
- Compatible with Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF
- Minimum object distance is just 0.19m at wide-end
- Lens made from 16 glass elements in 12 groups
- Extended 5 years warranty – Register Here
Focal length of 17-70mm for shooting in a broad range of situations
This versatile zoom lens lets you enjoy shooting in a multitude of genres, from wide-angle scenes to telephoto moments. With a focal length range of 17mm to 70mm (a full-frame equivalent of 25.5-105mm), this is the world’s first large aperture F2.8 standard zoom lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras to achieve a 4.1x zoom ratio. It’s ideal for a variety of scenarios, from portraits and street snapshots, to landscapes and even close-ups.
Fast F2.8 aperture available throughout the entire zoom range
The 17-70mm F2.8 maintains its large F2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range (unlike variable aperture lenses that darken as you zoom). Thanks to F2.8 and high optical performance, 17-70mm F2.8 allows you to capture your subjects with clear details from wide angle to telephoto.
The three main advantages of a large F2.8 aperture are: A) ability to shoot successfully in lower light levels, B) beautiful and dreamy bokeh, and C) better control of depth-of-field which is particularly useful when intentionally limiting depth-of-field to improve portraits by blurring the area behind the main subject.
Structurally, the optical formula includes 16 elements in 12 groups. It was created in pursuit of superior optical performance, utilizing an effective allocation of two GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements and one aspherical hybrid lens element. The optical design ensures high resolution and high contrast not just in the center of the frame but also in corners and at the edges.
VC for stable photography and video shooting
The 17-70mm F2.8 utilizes Tamron’s highly regarded, proprietary VC image stabilization system to maximize the inherent optical performance of the lens. It reduces the degradation of picture quality caused by minute camera shake that is likely to occur during handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds under low-light conditions indoors or at dusk. When shooting video, by leveraging AI technology, image stabilization performance improves compared to conventional models.
Focuses close – MOD of 0.19m (7.5 in) at the wide-angle end
This advanced lens focuses extremely close for a standard zoom lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras. The MOD (Minimum Object Distance) is just 0.19m (7.5 in) at the wide-angle end and 0.39m (15.4 in) at the telephoto end. When shooting very close to the subject, the lens enables expressive imagery with highly blurred backgrounds, a feature unique to large-aperture lenses.
This allows you to create one-of-a-kind photo of a variety of subjects, from snapshots to portraits, landscapes and even architectural photography. Close-up shots of scenery taken at the 17mm end maximize the unique perspective only true wide-angle lenses can deliver.
Compact, lightweight design is perfect match for APS-C mirrorless cameras
This lens was created through the uncompromising pursuit of portability optimized for use with APS-C Sony E-mount cameras. Even with the inclusion of high-performance VC, the 17-70mm F2.8 is extremely light weight and compact, with an overall length of just 119.3mm (4.7 in), maximum diameter of 74.6mm, and weight of 525g (18.5 oz). It is a very versatile lens for travel, where small bags are preferred, and is a great portable lens for daily use.
High performance autofocus system means you’ll own every shooting opportunity
The AF drive on the 17-70mm F2.8 includes an RXD motor unit to help you stay focused on the action. RXD uses an actuator to precisely control the rotational angle of the motor, allowing it to directly drive the focusing lens without passing through a reduction gear. A sensor that precisely detects the position of the lens enables high-speed and accurate AF, which is ideal when shooting continually moving subjects or recording video. And with a focusing system that is both smooth and quiet, the 17-70mm F2.8 lets you shoot free from stress not worrying the drive sound in a quiet environment.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Lens for Sony E Mount
- 1 x Flower-Shaped Hood
- 1 x Front Lens Cap
- 1 x Rear Lens Cap
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Specifications of the Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Lens for Sony E Mount
|Angle of View
(for APS-C frame mirrorless format)
|Optical Construction||16 elements in 12 groups|
|Minimum Object Distance||0.19m (7.5 in) (WIDE) /
0.39m (15.4 in) (TELE)
|Maximum Magnification Ratio||1:4.8 (WIDE) / 1:5.2 (TELE)|
|Length*||119.3mm (4.7 in)|
|Aperture Blades||9 (circular diaphragm)**|
|Standard Accessory||Flower-shaped hood, Lens caps|
|Compatible Mounts||Sony E-mount|