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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
And, of course, not forgetting the portrait session where I only did one shot before having to go off for another event.
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.
- The Tamron 17-70mm f2.8mm lens was provided for use during the session and returned at the end of the event.
- The Fujifilm X-Pro3, XF23mm f1.4 WR, and XF35mm f1.4 are my personal copies and run the most current firmware.
- All images were shot in RAW and edited to my preferences in LR CC Classic.