Tamron 17-70mm ƒ2.8 X FujiFanboys photo-event – 27 August 2022

I was blessed to be invited to the Tamron X Fujifanboys event, where CLES Distribution Pte. Ltd. (Tamron’s distributor in Singapore) provided a well-planned session for us to get familiar with the 17-70mm f2.8 Di III-A VC RXD lens for Fujifilm X-mount.

Part of the ‘welcome pack’

We were greeted to a sharing by Fujifilm X-Photographer Ivan Joshua Low followed by a good 90 minutes of street photography experience to test the lens and, at the end, a portrait session supported by Profoto Singapore.

with Ivan Joshua Low

The welcome pack included a 67mm UV filter from Tamron, which IS the UV filter size for the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8. (Very smart of Tamron Singapore to do so).

As a thank you and to highlight more knowledge about this lens release, here is sharing some samples and a very basic introduction to the lens from the session today. All samples were photographed using the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and XF23mm f1.4 WR or the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 Di III-A VC RXD lens and labeled accordingly.

Tamron 17-70mm f2.8, Fujifilm X-Pro3

First off, coming from the Fujifilm XF16-55mm f2.8 lens, the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 comes with a more versatile focal range of 17-70mm (a full frame equivalent of 25.5-105mm). In fact, the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 is the world’s 1st f2.8 constant zoom lens offering a 4.1x zoom range for APSC cameras.

The Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 is well balanced on the X-Pro3 due to its lightness in a robust body.

The 17-70mm f2.8 comes with TAMRON’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) and is built to last in a decently robust body. Also, the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 is built to be weather resistant to ensure minimal worries photographing in poor weather.

Tamron 17-70mm f2.8, Fujifilm X-Pro3

The Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 is equipped with TAMRON’s RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive), a high-speed, precision stepping motor unit which provides fast and silent auto-focusing.

XF23mm f1.4 WR, Fujifilm X-Pro3

It was great to see fellow friends enjoy the session testing the Tamron 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 and the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 during the street-photography experience. All three gentlemen in this image are full-time photography professionals.

Tamron 17-70mm f2.8, Fujifilm X-Pro3

Besides the versatile focal length that makes the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 a ‘one-lens system’ for wide landscape shots to the telephoto end, photographers can take advantage of a close working distance. It features a minimum focusing distance of 0.19m (7.5 in) at the wide-angle end and 0.39m (15.4 in) at the telephoto end.

Tamron 17-70mm f2.8, Fujifilm X-Pro3
Tamron 17-70mm f2.8, Fujifilm X-Pro3

And, of course, not forgetting the portrait session where I only did one shot before having to go off for another event.

XF35mm f1.4, Fujifilm X-Pro3
XF35mm f1.4, Fujifilm X-Pro3

And with that, here’s my short sharing of the session for the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 lens for X-mount.

Thank you for reading.

Disclaimers:

  1. The Tamron 17-70mm f2.8mm lens was provided for use during the session and returned at the end of the event.
  2. The Fujifilm X-Pro3, XF23mm f1.4 WR, and XF35mm f1.4 are my personal copies and run the most current firmware.
  3. All images were shot in RAW and edited to my preferences in LR CC Classic.

5 Replies to “Tamron 17-70mm ƒ2.8 X FujiFanboys photo-event – 27 August 2022

  1. Hi Keith, love the write-up! How will this compare to the Fujifilm 16-55 lens?

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    1. Hi Shane, thank you. The Tamron has a better focal length range, is lighter and more compact and comes with built in stabiisation as plus over the Fujifilm XF16-55/2.8. IMO, the latter has the plus of a better contruction and probably, better IQ across the corners at the telephoto end.

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  2. Nice review and lovely pictures! Would you mind sharing how will this lens be priced?

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    1. Hi Jam, it seems like the Singapore SRP for this lens is around SGD 1.2k which the street price will be lower. The XF16-55/2.8 is around SGD1.8k. Best to check with the local ADs like Alan Photo, SLRR etc. 🙂

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