Even thought Tamron has been struggling with lens issues for Nikon and Sony, it looks like that doesn’t stop them from releasing the long-awaited “all in one” lens. After leaked photos and a flyer with some more info, the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD is now officially announced. Preorders are open and it should start shipping soon. And just like we assumed, it’s available for Sony E mount only (at least for now).
The lens is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Of course, you can also use it with APS-C models where it will provide a 42-300mm equivalent focal length range. It’s built from 18 elements in 14 groups, with a 7-blade diaphragm.
RXD in the lens’ name stands for Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive autofocus motor. Tamron promises quiet, quick, and smooth focusing performance, so you can use the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 for both photos and video. This focusing system also offers a minimum focusing distance of 7.5″ and a 1:3.1 maximum magnification for working with close-up subjects.
Note that the lens doesn’t have image stabilization, which might be a deal breaker for some of you. According to Tamron, their engineers focused on creating a compact and lightweight zoom lens instead.
The Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD is moisture-resistant, so you can use it in less than ideal weather conditions. The front element features a fluorine coating to protect it against dust, dirt, and smearing.
Let’s check out the full specs:
|Focal Length||28 to 200mm|
|Maximum Aperture||f/2.8 to 5.6|
|Minimum Aperture||f/16 to 32|
|Lens Mount||Sony E|
|Angle of View||75° 23' to 12° 21'|
|Minimum Focus Distance||7.5" / 19.05 cm|
|Optical Design||18 Elements in 14 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||7, Rounded|
|Filter Size||67 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.91 x 4.6" / 74 x 116.8 mm|
|Weight||1.27 lb / 575.5 g|
You can preorder the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD at the price of $729. The shipping date hasn’t been specifically determined because the coronavirus situation still makes everything unpredictable. Still, we hope that the lens will be in your hands in the upcoming few weeks.
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