RW: Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Review – It Ticks All The Boxes

Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD: B&H Photo / Adorama

Tamron has released some great lenses for E-mount over the past few years that are of incredible value. Some of the lenses are so good that they even surpass Sony GM lenses for 1/2 to 1/3 the price and now we are getting some of that value and performance on X-mount. Above you can see Richard Wong’s full review of the recently announced Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD and below you can find a summary of the video:

  • Identical optical design as E-mount lens
  • Fast standard zoom lens covering 1.5x at f/2.8
  • Typical Tamron design, but doesn’t match Fujifilm bodies
  • Built-in OIS
  • Fujifilm hasn’t had a standard constant f/2.8 zoom with OIS until now
  • Very flexible lens
  • 100g lighter than the Fujifilm XF16-55 f/2.8 R LM WR, but the Fujifilm is more metal
  • Metal lens mount
  • The front element is fluorine coated
  • The length of the lens changes when you zoom
  • 67mm front filter thread
  • Reversable lens hood
  • Firmware is updated through the body like other Fujifilm lenses
  • Tamron has a dedicated processor for stabilization
  • OIS seems to be very good with about 3.5 stops of performance but there is no official statement of stabilization capabilities
  • Great lens for video and the AI that the processor for OIS is trained with does a good job of determining if the camera is on a tripod or panning, etc…
  • Fast AF and it is compatible with eye AF
  • AF is very quite
  • Good macro capabilities
  • 17mm min focus distance is 19 cm / 7.5 inch and max magnification is 0.21x
  • 70mm min focus distance is 39 cm / 15.4 inch and max magnification is 0.19x
  • When shooting close the image can be a little soft at f/2.8 so stop down to f/5.6 to make things very sharp and add depth
  • 17mm f/2.8 at a standard distance is very sharp wide open in the center and stopping down makes almost no difference up until f/11 where diffraction sets in.
  • 17mm f/2.8 at a standard distance is very sharp wide open in the corners and stopping down improves things a little up until f/11 where diffraction sets in.
  • 70mm f/2.8 at a standard distance is very sharp wide open in the center and stopping down makes almost no difference up until f/11 where diffraction sets in.
  • 70mm f/2.8 at a standard distance is pretty sharp wide open in the corners and stopping down improves things a little up until f/11 where diffraction sets in.
  • Lens has minimal field curvature at the wide and telephoto end
  • No cats eye or swirly bokeh but there is some onion rings
  • Very high contrast photos can have some color fringing
  • LoCA is well controlled
  • Tamron uses profile corrections to reduce the amount of distortion, but there is no corner sharpness issues from profile correction
  • Little vignetting at 17mm wide open and almost done at 70mm
  • Stopping down a little gets ride of all vignetting
  • Some lens flare
  • Good contrast even when there is a something bright in front of the lens
  • Sunstars are ok at f/11
  • Not much chroma is visible and it all disappears by f/4
  • Great for video and C-AF works well with the X-T3 with no AF noise
  • Focus breathing is minimal at the wide and telephoto end
  • Very popular on E-mount and Richard can see why because this lens is very impressive all-around and affordable
  • The only downsides are it is a little plastic for a Fujifilm lens and the aesthetic doesn’t match Fujifilm cameras
  • The Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD ticks all the boxes

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Tamron 60mm f/2 APS-C Patent Found


Patents don’t always turn into lenses, but mirrorless APS-C patents that are found could become future lenses for X and E-mount like others have. This isn’t the final lens that Tamron teased, because they said it would be telephoto, but it could be an interesting future lens.

Example 3

  • Focal length: 61.800
  • F value: 2.0600
  • Half angle of view: 12.4078
  • Image height: 14.200
  • Overall length: 116.420

Overview

  • [Public number] P2022092339
  • [Release date] 2022-06-22
  • Description: Optical system and image pickup device
  • [Filing date] 2020-12-10
  • [Applicant]
    [Identification number] 000133227
    [Name or name] Tamron Co. , Ltd.
  • PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a compact optical system and an image pickup apparatus having high optical performance regardless of an object distance while realizing high-speed focusing.
  • [0002]
    In recent years, small image pickup devices using solid-state image pickup elements such as digital still cameras have become remarkably widespread. Along with this, there is a demand for higher performance and smaller optical systems. In addition, it is possible to suppress aberration fluctuations during focusing, especially deterioration of spherical aberration and curvature of field during focusing from an infinity object to a short-distance object, and maintain high optical performance regardless of the object distance. It has been demanded.
  • [0003]
    For example, in Patent Document 1, the first lens group having a positive refractive power, the second lens group having a negative refractive power, and the positive refractive power arranged in order from the object side are described in Patent Document 1. It consists of a third lens group, a fourth lens group having a positive refractive power, a fifth lens group having a negative refractive power, and a sixth lens group having a positive refractive power. An optical system that focuses by moving the fourth lens group to the object side with different trajectories has been proposed.
  • [0005]
    That is, in the optical system of Patent Document 1, a focusing method based on an inner focus method having a so-called floating mechanism is adopted. The optical system disclosed in Patent Document 1 realizes high-speed focusing and suppresses aberration fluctuations during focusing to obtain high optical performance. However, the diameter of each focusing group is relatively large, and the product The overall miniaturization is not enough.
  • [0006]
    Therefore, an object of the present invention is to provide a compact optical system and an image pickup apparatus having high optical performance regardless of an object distance while realizing high-speed focusing.

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

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New Profoto Connect Pro For Fujifilm


Profoto announced a new Connect Pro for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leica, and Fujifilm cameras. The new Profoto Connect Pro is marketed as being more than just a remote trigger – “it’s the central nervous system of the shoot – because everything flows through it“.

Profoto Connect Pro: B&H Photo / Adorama

Features:

  • Intuitive interface on a large display
  • Connect it via your camera’s hot-shoe
  • 100 available channels with six groups for each channel (three groups are for TTL usage, whereas the other three are for manual use)
  • Extended battery life and rechargeable batteries
  • Seamless firmware updates via Profoto AirX
  • Control all groups from the Profoto Control app on your iPad, iPhone, Android smartphone
  • Switch from TTL Mode to Manual Mode with the automated TTL settings intact
  • Sync and remote control 0.5-100 m (1.5-330 ft)
  • Price: $399

Press release:
Profoto Connect Pro – Trigger ultimate connectivity
When you’re on set, shooting off-camera with multiple lights, you need more than just a reliable trigger – you need complete control. It’s why we created the Profoto Connect Pro; it’s more than a remote – it’s the central nervous system of the shoot – because everything flows through it. Read More »

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B&H Photo Mega Deal Zone is Back With Big CFexpress Savings


B&H Photo is running a mega-deal zone until June 23rd with a lot of great values so don’t miss out and support the site.

SD / CFexpress Cards

Fujifilm GFX50SII Save $500:
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GF 63mm F2.8 R WR (Save $300):
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Fujinon X Lenses
XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR (Save $150): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
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Fujinon XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R WR:
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FUJIFILM X-H2S Mirrorless Camera with MKX18-55mm Save $1000
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MacBook Pro (Savings still available): B&H Photo

Limited time iPad Pro Savings
iPad Pro Bundles: B&H Photo

Software Deals
Luminar Neo & Luminar AI & Luminar 4 & Aurora HDR 2019 (Savings code FUJIADDICT)
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Fujifilm EF-X500 Firmware 1.03 Released


Fujifilm EF-X500: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Fujifilm EF-X500 Firmware 1.03
The firmware update Ver. 1.03 from Ver.1.02 incorporates the following issues:
Minor bugs have been fixed.

Download Here

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Fujifilm Savings Sunday Father’s Day Edition


Fathers Day Savings
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Fujifilm GFX50SII Save $500:
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Fujifilm GFX50R Save $1,650:
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Fujinon GF Lenses
GF 45mm F2.8 R WR (Save $300):
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GF50mm f/3.5 (Save $200):
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GF 63mm F2.8 R WR (Save $300):
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GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR (Save $500):
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GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR (Save $500):
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Fujinon X Lenses
XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR (Save $150): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR (save $150):
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XF16mm f/1.4 WR (save $150): B&H Photo  / Amazon / Adorama
XF50mm f/1 R LM WR (Save$200): B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama
XF 56mm F1.2 R (save $150): B&H Photo / Amazon  / Adorama
XF 90mm F2 R LM WR (save $150): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
XF 200mm f/2 OIS WR w XF 1.4x TC F2 WR (save $1000):
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Atoms Save up to $600

New Products
Fujifilm X-H2S:
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Fujinon XF18-120mm F4.0 LM PZ WR:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama
Fujinon XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R WR:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama

FUJIFILM X-H2S Mirrorless Camera with MKX18-55mm Save $1000
FUJIFILM X-H2S Mirrorless Camera with MKX50-135mm Save $1000
FUJIFILM X-H2S Mirrorless Camera with MKX18-55mm & MKX50-135mm

Other Deals
Memory Card Savings
Power Banks

Battery Banks
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD
PowerCore+26800 PD
other more affordable options

New Apple Mac Pro: B&H Photo
New Apple iPad Pro and More: B&H Photo / Adorama
New Apple iMac Pro: B&H Photo / Adorama
New Apple MBP: B&H Photo / Adorama
New Apple M1: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
MacBook Pro (Savings still available): B&H Photo

Limited time iPad Pro Savings
iPad Pro Bundles: B&H Photo

Software Deals
Luminar Neo & Luminar AI & Luminar 4 & Aurora HDR 2019 (Savings code FUJIADDICT)
ON1 Photo RAW 2022
Photolemur
Picktorial
TopazLabs
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