A Review of the New Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Lens for Fujifilm X Series Cameras

A standard zoom lens with an f/2.8 aperture is one of the most versatile options a photographer or filmmaker can have in their bag, capable of tackling a multitude of scenarios ranging from wedding coverage to landscape photography. Such lenses are not cheap, though the Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD seeks to buck that trend by coming in at just $799. This great video review takes a look at the new lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this great video review takes a look at the new Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD for Fujifilm X Series mirrorless cameras. With an f/2.8 aperture and equivalent focal length range of 25.5-105mm, this lens looks like the sort that can live on your camera for weeks at a time. It comes with a range of advanced features, including:

  • Two molded glass aspherical elements and one hybrid aspherical element for reduced distortion and increased sharpness
  • Two Low Dispersion elements for reduced chromatic aberrations and increased clarity
  • BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating for reduced flares and ghosting and deeper contrast
  • RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) autofocus motor and for quick and quiet focusing suitable for both photo and video magnifications
  • VC image stabilization
  • Moisture-resistant construction
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh

Altogether, the 17-70mm f/2.8 looks like another well-rounded yet affordable lens from Tamron. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts on it. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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