Tamron 17-50mm F4 Di III VXD Sony FE Lens

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Product Description

Introducing the Tamron 17-50mm

  • Full-Frame | Constant Max Aperture: f/4
  • Ultra-Wide to Normal Zoom Lens
  • VXD Linear Motor Focus Mechanism
  • Internal Zoom & Focus
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Fluorine Coating

The Tamron 17-50mm f/4 Di III VXD Lens suits both video and photo needs with a unique focal length range that includes an ultra-wide 17mm position that's perfect for broad fields of view as well as for interior settings, architectural subjects, and even when recording vlogs at arm's length. The range extends to 50mm, offering a normal-length field of view, that suits portraits and tighter perspectives of everyday subjects. Also, it has impressive close-up performance, with a 7.5" minimum focusing distance at the wide end and 11.8" on the long end, for working with nearby subjects. This flexible range is backed by a constant f/4 maximum aperture that helps prioritize portability and make this an ideal walkaround lens.

Tamron 17-50mm Lens attached to a gimbal with a photographer shooting outside in woodland

The lens design is also well-suited to multimedia use with the inclusion of a VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor for quick and quiet autofocus performance. The lens also has an internal zoom and internal focus design, meaning the overall length doesn't change during use for more intuitive handling that is easy to balance when working with a gimbal stabilizer.

Additionally, in terms of physical design, the 17-50mm has a moisture-resistant design with a front fluorine coating that makes cleaning simple and straightforward. It uses 67mm filters, just like most other Tamron mirrorless lenses, and it's also compatible with the Tamron Lens Utility software for fine-tuning lens performance to suit your needs.

Wide angle shot of a well lit, old building and a person walking through the corridor showing leading lines

Features & Functions

Advanced optical performance with rich bokeh at F4

The optical construction of the 17-50mm F4 consists of 15 elements in 13 groups. The precise arrangement of special lens elements, including three LD, one GM and two hybrid aspherical lens elements, effectively suppresses chromatic and other aberrations. Full frame resolution with clarity and sharpness, and full use of the rich bokeh provided by the wide F4 aperture, bring you closer to that perfect shot.

Street photography portrait of a lady outside a city building

Compact, lightweight body and internal zoom for comfortable shooting

The 17-50mm F4 weighs just 460g (16.2oz) and is a compact 114.4mm (4.5in) long, a size that's well-balanced even when attached to a Sony mirrorless camera body. The lens has a fixed barrel length and internal zoom mechanism, making it easy to keep the shot in focus when shooting stills or video, and easy to balance with a video rig or gimbal stabiliser. The highly portable 17-50mm F4 features moisture-resistant construction and fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces for durability in natural environments.

Photo of the lens attached to a cable illustrating the software connection

Compatible with TAMRON Lens Utility™ software

The 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD is compatible with the TAMRON Lens Utility software developed in-house by TAMRON. TAMRON Lens Utility lets users change lens settings, assign camera body functions, and update firmware when necessary. Users may customize functions for various still photography and videography shooting styles, for a more personalized and fulfilling shooting experience.

Additional product features

Voice-Coil Extreme-Torque Drive – The VXD autofocus guarantees fast and precise focusing on both near and far objects. The quiet focus motor responds at lightning speed and is particularly suitable for images of moving objects.

Low Dispersion – LD elements have particularly low colour dispersion index. They reduce chromatic aberrations that appear as colour fringes on the contrast edges and reduce image sharpness.

Internal Focus – Internal focusing prevents the barrel from extending and rotating during focusing. The lens is easier to handle and is suitable for use with polarising or gradation filters.

The new TAMRON Lens Utility software was developed by us to configure our own TAMRON lenses. After installing the program on a computer, compatible lenses can be connected to the computer via a connecting cable to customize various lens functions or to update the lens firmware.

Broad Band Anti-Reflection– The BBAR multi-coating ensures brilliant images with natural colours. It reduces the reflection of light rays hitting the lens surface. The more advanced BBAR G2 coating has been used since 2019.

Moisture Resistant Construction – The lens is splash-resistant. All critical areas have special seals. Lenses with this feature are ideal for outdoor use in bad weather.

Fluorine Coating – Fluorine Coating protects the front lens from contamination. It prevents oil and water droplets from sticking to the surface. Fingerprints and dirt are easier to remove.

Lens model: Tamron 17-50mm F4 Di III VXD (Model A068S)
Mount: Sony E mount
Format: Full Frame
Focal Length: 17-50mm
Equivalent focal length: 17-50mm
Angle of view: 103°41'- 46°48'
Lens construction: 15 elements in 13 group
Optical stabiliser: No
Maximum aperture: f/4
Minimum aperture: f/22
Aperture blades: 9 (Rounded)
Focus system: Autofocus
Minimum focusing distance: 0.19m (at 17mm) / 0.3m (at 50mm)
Maximum magnification Ratio: 1:4.6 (at 17mm) / 1:3.8 (at 50mm)
Dust and moisture resistant: Yes
Other special features: BBAR-G25 Coatings, Fluorine Coatings
Dimensions: 74.8mm (diameter) x 114.4mm (length)
Weight: 460g
Filter size: 67mm

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Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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