Current Tamron APS-C Lineup Right For Fujifilm?

It’s very exciting that Tamron is developing lenses for Fujifilm finally and the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD is a good choice for their first X-mount lens, but if you do not follow Tamron then you might not be aware that they have two additional APS-C mirrorless lenses the Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD and Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD. These lenses may come to X-mount in the future if the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD sells well, but should they?

I primarily use Fujifilm and Sony cameras and when Tamron started releasing its light, affordable, compact lenses for E-mount I quickly dumped a lot of overpriced Sony glass for the Tamron equivalent at a fraction of the price and did not regret it in the least, even with an a7RIII. Now it looks like Tamron will bring their glass to X-mount in addition to E-mount, but is it as attractive to Fujifilm photographers?

Above I compared some similar lenses from Fujifilm, but the most similar lenses are f/4 zooms and not f/2.8. There is no direct head-to-head comparison to be made here, but it looks like Tamron lenses won’t be much smaller than Fujifilm’s equivalents according to, but they will likely be lighter and should be a little more affordable as you can see below.

Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD $829 335g
Fujinon XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR $1999 805g
Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS WR $999 385g
Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD $799 525g
Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR $799 440g
Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR $1199 655g

If Tamron can maintain or even reduce its price point a little on Fujifilm cameras then I believe Tamron’s current APS-C zooms could sell quite well, but the price may not be enough for some to accept the more plastic feel Tamron lenses tend to have. I personally will be sticking with my Fujinon X glass even if these lenses come to X-mount, but the  Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD might be of interest if the performance is good enough.

Tamron did very well on E-mount because most of the full-frame lenses they released were half the price of Sony’s equivalents and they had an almost equivalent or better level of performance. The same can’t be said on X-mount when it comes to price so maybe Tamron will skip its current APS-C line and release some f/2 or faster zooms in the future to really stand out as they did on E-mount. Personally, I think that is their best move since Fujifilm has a very full and affordable lineup of glass for X-mount photographers. It would also be interesting if Tamron decided to take on the GFX in the future, but I think that is unlikely.

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