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Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 DI III-A VC RXD Fujifilm X Mount Lens Review

John Riley has been putting the Fujifilm X Mount version of the Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 DI III-A VC RXD standard zoom lens to the test.


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Tamron 17 70mm F2,8 DiIII A VC RXD X Front Oblique View | 1/5 sec | f/16.0 | 100.0 mm | ISO 100
Tamron has an enviable reputation for quality lens manufacture at realistic and affordable prices and now extends that into Fuji X fit, with the new 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD standard zoom. This involves more than just putting a Fuji X mount on the back of an existing product, and the new lens has been designed specifically for the Fuji X mount APS-C format mirrorless cameras. The "35mm-format equivalent" field of view is around 25.5-105mm, an extremely useful range for the vast majority of general photography. The lens is aimed particularly at Fujifilm X-T4, X-S10 and X-H1 users, although obviously it can be used to the advantage of any of the X series cameras. We have already had a preliminary look with a pre-production sample, coupling the lens up with the 26.1 MP Fujifilm X-S10. Now we have a full production lens, so we take a second look to add in the technical tests. Let's see how it went.  

 

Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 DI III-A VC RXD Handling and Features

Tamron 17 70mm F2,8 DiIII A VC RXD X On Fujifilm X S10 At 17mm | 1/5 sec | f/16.0 | 68.0 mm | ISO 100
The lens is obviously well made, and everything works as well as expected. There is a supplied petal lens hood that bayonets securely into place. There is no sign that it could become dislodged in use and a catch is not provided, nor is it needed. Within the bayonet fit for the hood is a standard 67mm filter thread.

Weighing in at a modest 530g the lens balances very nicely with the X-S10 and in terms of ergonomics, this combination should suit those used to DSLRs very well. Fujifilm knew what they were doing when they designed the X-S10, Tamron is also well up to the mark and the end result in terms of handling with the new Tamron is very satisfactory.

There is a wide zoom ring that is clearly marked at 17mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 70mm settings. The zooming action is very smooth, but not so slack that there would be any zoom creep when in transit. Again, no catch is provided and none is needed.

The manual focusing ring is electronic, super-smooth in action and controlled by the camera body. There are MF, AF-S and AF-C options, selected via the camera body.

Closest Focus:

  • 17mm - minimum object distance: 0.19m (7.5") and magnification: 1 to 4.8
  • 70mm - minimum object distance: 0.39m (15.4") and magnification: 1 to 5.2

With videographers in mind as well as stills photographers, Tamron uses a Rapid eXtra-silent Stepping Drive (Hence RXD) and indeed this is fast, quiet and accurate. Minimal focus breathing is claimed, plus enhanced VC (Vibration Compensation), including for video. The instructions are quite clear and Tamron suggests switching VC off (via the camera body) when using a tripod.

Tamron 17 70mm F2,8 DiIII A VC RXD X Front Element View | 0.3 sec | f/16.0 | 53.0 mm | ISO 100
Optical construction is 16 elements in 12 groups, including 2 Glass Moulded Aspheric, 1 Hybrid Aspheric and 2 LD (Low Dispersion). The diaphragm comprises 9 blades, for enhanced bokeh. The lens is also dust and moisture resistant and the front element has a Fluorine coating to repel dust, grease and moisture.

Handling is brilliant, the lens being light and responsive, blending seamlessly in operation with the camera it was designed for. The full production lens is arguably slightly smoother in operation than the pre-production sample, so it is quite likely that final adjustments to detail have been made. This is to the benefit of the user experience. New sample images have been shot with the new lens, and the technical tests have now also been completed. Let's see how the lens performs, still using the Fujifilm S-X10 26.1MP APS-C format mirrorless camera.

 


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