A Must-Have Lens for Sony APS-C Shooters? Hands on With the Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8

A few months ago, Tamron released its first E-mount APS-C lens in nine years: the 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD. Its constant fast aperture makes it rather special, but how does it perform on the job? This short video seeks to find out.

Shipping for this lens is due on January 15, and while it’s not exactly a budget option at $799, it packs a lot of features that make it a desirable option for Sony APS-C shooters. The lens offers a 35mm equivalent of 25.5-105mm, making it very versatile, especially given that it maintains its fast aperture of f/2.8 throughout its focal range. 

If that weren’t enough, Tamron has also included Vibration Compensation, which uses AI to give your shots greater stability — though only when shooting video.

The immediate comparison is Sony’s own 16-55mm f/2.8 G, a much more expensive option at $1,298 (currently discounted by $100). As Manny Ortiz notes in this video, the Sony lens squeezes out a little extra in terms of quality, but that’s to be expected given the significant difference in terms of price.

Tamron seems to be continuing its tradition of delivering high-quality glass at affordable prices. Will you be buying this lens when it hits the shelves in a few weeks? Let us know in the comments below.


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