Tamron What’s Next?

Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Only six months ago Tamron soft announced that they were working on three lenses for X-Mount during an X-Talk. At the time of the announcement, Tamron had two APS-C mirrorless lenses that seemed like no brainers to launch for X-mount the Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 DI III-A RXD and Tamron 17-70mm f/ 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD. Since that time Tamron has announced the Tamron 17-70mm f/ 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD for X-mount and we expect that the Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 DI III-A RXD will follow shortly.

The third lens for X-mount is still a mystery, but it is expected to be telephoto. Tamron approached their Sony lineup in a similar way by releasing an attractive lineup of zoom lenses covering 11mm to 180mm with some non-traditional constant aperture zooms covering slightly offset focal ranges from the traditional 10-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm trio of lenses that most photographers own. The approach for X-mount will likely be similar with some kind of 70-200mm f/2.8 coming sometime in the future.

Tamron has really impressed a lot of photographers on E-mount and I am sure they will do the same for X-mount photographers. If Fujifilm’s new 40mp X-Trans sensor required new zoom lenses to fully utilize its resolution then upgrading to Tamron’s lenses might be a good value option in the not too distant future. I personally dumped all my Sony zooms for Tamron zooms due to them being a far better value while providing equal or superior performance and the same could happen with X-mount especially if we have to upgrade our zooms to fully utilize 40MP X-Trans.

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