Weekly News Round-up: Tamron zooms and TTartisan first AF lens

This week, Tamron revealed all specs and prices of its new zoom lenses, including the 35-150mm F2-2.8 for Sony and the 18-300mm for Fujifilm. TTArtisan teased its first ever autofocus lens.

Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8, 28-75mm F2.8 G2 and 18-300mm F3.5-6.3

We’ve talked about these lenses before, but now Tamron has unveiled all the specifications and prices of these three zoom lenses.

Two of them, the 35-150mm and 28-75mm, are designed for full frame E-mount cameras, where the 18-300mm is an APS-C lens available for Sony E-mount and Fujifilm X-mount. It is the first ever lens released by Tamron for the Fuji X-series.

Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 on white background

The 35-150mm has a very fast variable aperture of f/2 at 35mm and F/2.8 at 150mm, an unusual choice for Sony users. The weight is 1.17kg and the lens is priced at $1900.

Main specs of the Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 Di III VXD:

  • 21 elements in 15 groups
  • 4 Low Dispersion and 3 Glass Molded Aspherical lens elements
  • 9 diaphragm blades
  • VXD linear motor
  • Min. focus: 33cm (at 35mm)
  • Weather sealed
  • Filter thread: 82mm
  • Dimensions: 89 x 158mm
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 G2 on white background

The 28-75mm F2.8 G2 is an updated version of the original lens released a few years ago. It has a new AF motor (VXD linear) and the optical design has also been changed. The aesthetics on the outside have been refined for a better grip. The G2 lens should produce better sharpness across the frame and focus faster than its predecessor. It will sell for $900.

Other specs of the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III VXD G2:

  • 17 elements in 15 groups
  • 2 Low Dispersion and 2 Glass Molded Aspherical lens elements
  • 9 diaphragm blades
  • Min. focus: 18cm (at 28mm)
  • Weather sealed
  • Filter thread: 67mm
  • Dimensions: 76 x 118mm
  • Weight: 540g

Both lenses are compatible with the new Tamron Lens Utility software that allows you to customise buttons and functions on the lenses, as well as update firmwares. The two lenses include a USB C port so that they can be connected to the computer directly.

Tamron 18-300mm on white background

Finally, we have the 18-300mm lens, an all-purpose 16.6x zoom (27-450mm equivalent) designed for Fujifilm cameras. It’s great to see Tamron investing the X-mount system and, hopefully, this means that other lenses the brand has developed for Sony APS-C cameras (like the 17-70mm F2.8) will become available for Fuji X.

Main specs of the Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD:

  • 19 elements in 15 groups
  • 3 hybrid aspherical and 4 Low Dispersion lens elements
  • 7 diaphragm blades
  • Min. focus: 15cm / 1:2 magnification ratio (at 18mm)
  • VXD linear motor focus mechanism
  • Optical stabilisation
  • Weather sealed
  • Filter thread: 67mm
  • Dimensions: 75.5 x 125.8mm
  • Weight: 620g
  • Price: $700

TTArtisan AF 32mm F2.8

Most Chinese manufactures are best known for their affordable manual focus lenses, but few of them have ventured in the autofocus category (the most popular being Viltrox). That is about to change thanks to TTArtisan, which is getting ready to release its first ever autofocus lens.

It is a 32mm F2.8 prime lens designed for full frame cameras and will be available for Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony E-mount. There will also be a version for Canon EOS M and Fujifilm X APS-C series, making it a 48/50mm equivalent.

There is no other information at this time. It’s worth nothing that there is a lot of choice for this focal length for full frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras, and many of them come with a faster aperture. I suppose the key selling point for TTArtisan will be the price.

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