A Review of the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron's 28-75mm f/2.8 lens has been a runaway hit for the company among Sony users, with its combination of a useful focal length, f/2.8 aperture, light weight, image quality, and affordable price making it highly popular. The 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD is the accompanying wide angle zoom, and this great video review takes a look at the lens to help you decide if it is right for you. 

Coming to you from The Hybrid Shooter, this excellent review takes a look at the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lens. The 17-28mm f/2.8 is quite the intriguing lens (much like the accompanying 28-75mm f/2.8), as it comes in at just $899, less than half the price of the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 and in quite the small package. Of course, it has a smaller focal range than the Sony version, but if you own any sort of standard zoom lens, you will have the telephoto end covered (in fact, you could purchase the 17-28mm and the 28-75mm for less than the price of the Sony 16-35mm), and unless you absolutely need 16mm, 17mm is a decently wide angle for most genres, from events to landscape work. Altogether, if you are looking to save a significant chunk of change, you should definitely take a look. Check out the video above for more. 

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gregurbano's picture

thanks for the review, this lens is on my bucket list

gonsa sba's picture

I got this lens as the first and only lens to my brand new A7iii. I love it so far.
Check their quality in night street photos in Paris: https://www.flickr.com/gp/gonsasba/jmJxVJ

Jacques Cornell's picture

Already owning a Zeiss Batis 25mm f2, I went with a Samyang 18mm f2.8 for UWA rather than getting a zoom. Edge sharpness matters to me for landscapes and large group portraits, and the Zeiss, at least, delivers better in this regard, particularly up to f4. At f5.6 the Tamron sharpens up a fair bit but is still a tad behind the Zeiss. CameraLabs has full reviews of the Zeiss and Tamron. I haven't yet found an online test/review of the Samyang, but I did find positive comments about it, and my brief experience with it has been very favorable. At $329 on Black Friday it seemed a no-brainer.