Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 and 28-75mm f/2.8 images and specs leak ahead of October announcement

Sep 16, 2021

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Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 and 28-75mm f/2.8 images and specs leak ahead of October announcement

Sep 16, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Last month, Tamron announced the development of a new 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD zoom lens for Sony E-Mount. They claimed it to be the “world’s first mirrorless zoom lens with a maximum wide-open aperture of f/2”. Of course, it’s not and came with caveats, which seems to be the way with Sony stuff. Along with this lens, Tamron also announced the development of a 28-75mm f/2.8 zoom.

Both lenses are expected to be announced on October 28th, according to Nokishita. But that’s not all they said. They also posted all of the images and complete specs brochures for both lenses.

Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD (A058)

The Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD is indeed the widest aperture zoom lens for Sony E-Mount, although there are wider aperture lenses out there for other systems. And it’s a full-frame lens, too, which offers a lot of versatility with such a long zoom range that lets you get both relatively wide and somewhat telephoto images.

It is, of course, a variable aperture, though, which will still potentially put some people off if they have to constantly adjust other exposure settings as they zoom in order to create consistent exposures. I expect most people will just set it to f/2.8 and leave it there unless they specifically need that extra stop of light at the wide end.

Focal Length 35-100mm
Lens MountSony E, Nikon Z
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Focus TypeAutofocus
Optics21 elements in 15 groups
Minimum focus distance33cm (wide) / 85cm (Tele)
Maximum Aperturef/2-2.8
Minimum Aperturef/16-22
Angle of view63°26′ – 16°25′
Aperture blades9, rounded
StabilisationNo
Filter Size82 mm (front)
Dimensions89.2 x 158mm
Weight1,165g

 

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (A063)

Tamron makes no such world’s first claims about the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2. Which, of course, they can’t, really, because it’s the second generation of a lens they already make. But the leaked brochure says that it offers faster aufocus speed with both a quicker response and faster motor. They say it’s also very quiet for use with video.

The ergonomics and grip texture also seems to have been improved, with the brochure stating “a new design that becomes the hallmark of Tamron lenses introduced in the future”. It has a shiny, glossier black exterior and they say that a number of internal parts have also been enhanced after customer feedback.

Focal Length 28-75mm
Lens MountSony E
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Focus TypeAutofocus
Optics17 elements in 15 groups
Minimum focus distance18cm (wide) / 38cm (Tele)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Angle of view75°23′ – 23°11′
Aperture blades9, rounded
StabilisationNo
Filter Size67 mm (front)
Dimensions75.8 x 117.6mm
Weight540g

Tamron themselves haven’t said when an announcement is coming, obviously, although Nokishita believes that they’ll be announced on October 28th. Nokishita has no hints at a price yet, although both lenses will only become available in Sony E mount, apparently. There’s no mention in the leaked brochures of Leica L, Canon RF or Nikon Z at all – which is a little disappointing.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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