Tamron has announced that the company’s 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A RXD, initially launched in April 2021 for Sony E mount is coming to Fuji X. The news from Tamron isn’t a release announcement just yet, but a development announcement. So, it’s coming, it’s on the way, but they haven’t yet said when – or confirmed that the price is the same as the Sony version.
This marks the 4th lens in the Tamron lineup for Fujifilm X mount cameras, adding to the 17-70mm f/2.8, 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 and 150-500mm f/5-6.7. The full specs for the lens haven’t been released yet, although I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the important ones will be identical to that of the E mount version, as is the case with the 150-500mm f/5-6.7, with some slight variance in length and weight.
As a reminder, here’s the specs for the existing Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD for Sony E mount. We’ll update this as we find out more about the Fuji version.
|Lens Mount||Sony E, Fuji X|
|Optics||12 elements in 10 groups|
|Minimum focus distance||15cm (wide) / 24cm (Tele)|
|Angle of view||105° 20' to 71° 35'|
|Aperture blades||7, rounded|
|Dimensions||73 x 86.2mm|
It’s nice to see the growth in third party lenses for Fuji X, especially more unique lenses like this ultra-wide-angle lens from Tamron – even more so when it has a fast, constant f/2.8 aperture. Tamron says that it features “outstanding optical performance” with “exceptionally quiet” stepper motors to power the autofocus system, making it ideal for video use as well as photos.
It has a minimum focus distance of 5.9″ at the short end (11mm) and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4. This allows for some rather surreal close-up wide angle shots with odd distorted perspective on your subject while providing some relatively normal background context. The lens features moisture-resistant construction and fluorine coatings on the elements to let you shoot those images in all kinds of conditions, too.
As mentioned, there’s been no word on a release date yet, and a price has also not been announced. The Sony version has an MSRP of $829, although B&H currently has it on sale for $699. I think we can expect a similar sort of price for the Fuji version. Some retailers already have a listing up to get notified on its release, but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.