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Tamron Announces an Eye-Catching Travel Zoom, the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 for Sony

Tamron announces the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 zoom lens

Tamron has unveiled a uniquely versatile zoom lens, the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD for Sony E-mount cameras.

Perfect for travel and other on-the-go photographers, the lens features an impressive focal length range, spanning from wide-angle (35mm) through standard (50mm) to telephoto (150mm) focal lengths. At the wide end, capture beautiful landscapes, architectural scenes, and environmental portraits; in the middle, shoot tighter landscapes, portraits, and street scenes; toward the end, capture headshots, architectural details, and even the occasional bird or animal.

But the most impressive feature of the Tamron 35-150mm lens is not its focal length, but its aperture range:

f/2 at 35mm, narrowing to f/2.8 by 150mm, in what Tamron is billing as the “world’s first mirrorless zoom lens with a maximum wide-open aperture of f/2.”

It feels groundbreaking. Even versatile f/2.8 zooms are hard to come by, yet Tamron’s 35-100mm takes this a step farther, guaranteeing tremendous low-light performance at the wide end (and a respectable low-light performance at 150mm, too). And Tamron promises another wide-aperture benefit: “enhanced, beautiful bokeh…even on the wide-angle end of the lens’s focal range.”

Image quality will be top-notch, according to Tamron, “[t]hanks to the latest optical design featuring four LD (Low Dispersion) and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements optimally arranged.” Expect outstanding sharpness at every focal length, both in the image center and in the corners, ideal for detailed landscape photography, architectural photography, and even commercial work.

Tamron is pushing the 35-150mm as a “travel zoom,” and the wide maximum aperture and versatile zoom range ensures that the lens will satisfy even the most demanding of travel shooters. It’s compact, too, especially for an f/2.8 (and f/2) lens, and Tamron’s VXD focusing motor offers fast focusing, useful for those travel photographers who enjoy photographing action – or for sports and action photographers more generally.

Unfortunately, a pro-level, all-in-one zoom lens doesn’t come cheap, though the $1899 USD price tag is reasonable given the outstanding feature set. The lens is currently available for preorder, and you can expect a ship date toward the end of October, though Tamron does note that, “[d]ue to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.” 

Regardless, if you’re interested in a powerful zoom lens for travel photography, landscape photography, and so much more, check out the Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8.

Now over to you:

What do you think of this new lens from Tamron? And what do you think of the price? Will you consider purchasing it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Jaymes Dempsey
Jaymes Dempsey

is the Managing Editor of Digital Photography School, as well as a macro and nature photographer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. To learn how to take stunning nature photos, check out his free eBook, Mastering Nature Photography: 7 Secrets For Incredible Nature Photos! And to see more of Jaymes’s work check out his website and his blog.

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