Weekly News Round-up: Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 for Fujifilm and more

This week, we have new lenses and two firmware updates for Sony full frame cameras.

Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD for Fujifilm

The 17-70mm F2.8 becomes the second lens from Tamron for X-mount users (the first being the 18-300mm). It is the same lens released for Sony E-mount in 2021, but optimised for Fujifilm APS-C cameras. It comes at the attractive price of $800, making it an interesting alternative to the Fujinon 16-55mm F2.8.

Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 with Fuji X-mount
  • 25-105mm equivalent (field of view)
  • 16 elements in 12 groups
  • 2 Glass Molded Aspherical and 1 hybrid aspherical elements
  • 9-blade circular aperture
  • Min. focus: 19cm (wide) and 39cm (tele)
  • RXD stepping motor
  • Optical stabilisation
  • Filter thread: 67mm
  • Weather sealed
  • 530g

Fujirumors has also published a list of compatible cameras, according to Tamron.

Laowa 90mm F2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO

The latest from Venus Optics is a new macro lens designed for full frame mirrorless cameras, sporting an excellent 2x magnification ratio. It is available for Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF and L-mount cameras, and is set at a price of $500.

  • 13 elements in 10 groups
  • 3 extra-low dispersion elements
  • 13-blade aperture
  • Manual focus only
  • Internal focus mechanism
  • Min. focus: 20.5cm (2x magnification)
  • Filter thread: 67mm
  • 619g
Laowa 90mm Macro on the Nikon Z6

Meike 8mm F2.8 for Micro Four Thirds

Meike has released a new wide angle lens designed for micro four thirds cameras, giving you an 16mm equivalent field of view. It’s manual focus only and there are no electronic contacts. Price is $400.

  • 17 elements in 12 groups
  • 13-blade aperture
  • Min. focus: 25cm
  • Filter thread: 77mm
  • Built-in metal hood
  • 480g
Meike 8mm F2.8

Sony A1 and A7S III Firmware Update

Version 1.30 (A1) and 2.10 (A7S III) add the following improvements, in addition to the usual bug fixes and improvements to the overall stability of the camera:

  • RAW Lossless Compression with L, M and S sizes (A1 only)
  • XAVC HS codec with 10-bit 4:2:2 option when recording 8K (A1 only)
  • Proxy recording with a remote PC connection
  • Eye AF accuracy improved
  • Stability of the Custom WB
  • Eye sensor detection performance with strong light sources (A7S III only)

You can download the new firmwares on the Sony Support website.

Sony A1, front view, with nature background