Tamron has a new wide-angle zoom lens for mirrorless Sony shooters

Tamron’s 11-20mm F2.8 is designed for Sony E-Mount.

Tamron has announced the 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD, a wide-angle zoom lens for mirrorless APS-C cameras with Sony E-mount. The fast-aperture lens is ideal for videographers who want to capture landscapes or more of the scene while shooting narration. It has all the hallmarks of a Tamron lens, including auto focus, lightweight design, and a reasonable price.

Let’s take a look.

The 11-20mm F2.8 consists of 12 elements in 10 groups with GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements to ensure sharpness from corner to corner. The lens also has an XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) lens and two LD (Low Dispersion) lenses to create images with fewer optical aberrations. Tamron’s BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) coating has also been added to reduce ghosting as well as stray light and fluorine coatings. A moisture-proof construction protects them from the elements.

The autofocus performance is driven by an RXD stepper motor (Rapid eXtra-Silent Stepping Drive), which is reliable enough for video work even with fast-moving subjects. As with other Tamron lenses, it’s compatible with Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF to keep your image in focus.

The special feature of the lens is the minimal focusing distance of 5.9 inches, which is ideal for car or close-up shots and still shows a lot of the center and background. When doing video work, focal lengths around 12mm, 14mm, and 15mm can produce some unique looking images. With the 11-20 mm F2.8 it is possible to extend it a little further at the wide end for different perspectives. We just have to see how distorted the picture is to really know what you are working with.

The Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD will be available in late June at around $ 829.

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