Tamron has published development announcements for a duo of upcoming lenses. The first is the 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2, and the second is the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD. Both will be released for Sony E-mount cameras.
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2
The 28-75mm f/2.8 G2 is Tamron’s successor to the original 28-75mm f/2.8 DI III RXD and the company says the new model will retain the compact size found in its predecessor. Speaking of the design, it has been updated to be more comfortable to operate and has a more “ergonomic texture.” While it will still be compact, it will also feature a new optical construction that Tamron says has been revamped to enhance its imaging performance and to make it compatible with the latest digital cameras that offer higher resolution.
The autofocus system is Tamron’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor mechanism and was chosen for its high speed and accuracy. The lens will have a minimum focusing distance of 7.1-inches at the wide and and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7.
Tamron expects the 28-75mm f/2.8 G2 lens to launch sometime in 2021, but was not more specific on the timing. Tamron also did not provide an expected price for the lens.
Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD
Tamron says that the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VX will be the world’s first mirrorless zoom lens with a maximum wide-open aperture of f/2 for Sony E-mount cameras. The company believes that the wide range of focal lengths offered in this lens will make it ideal for travel photography. Like the 28-75mm f/2.8 G2, the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 will feature Tamron’s VXD autofocus motor and will likewise also feature a new design that has been made to enhance operability and ergonomic texture.
Tamron expects the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 lens to launch sometime in 2021, but was not more specific on the timing. Tamron also did not provide an expected price for the lens.
Both of Tamron’s new lenses will be compatible with the Tamron Lens Utility software that connects lenses to computers via the connector port on the bodies of the lenses. This allows users to update firmware and customize shooting functions such as focus set buttons and focus ring settings.
Editor’s note: The original story noted that the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 was “the world’s first mirrorless zoom lens with a maximum wide-open aperture of f/2” which is inaccurate, as Canon has the RF 28-70mm f/2. It is the world’s first for Sony E-Mount, however. This has been corrected.