17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD
Model A046

The Smallest and Lightest Ultra-Wide Angle Zoom in it’s Class*.

*Among ultra wide-angle zoom lenses with an F-stop of F/2.8 or faster for full-frame cameras. (As of May, 2019: Tamron)

Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD

Light. Compact. Mirrorless.

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Large aperture F/2.8 ultra wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless

Step out of the normal lens zone and into the wilds of wide-angle. The 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046) is a large aperture ultra wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount that was designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras and provides unrivalled portability and superb image quality. It’s the smallest and lightest weight zoom lens in its class. The dramatic 17-28mm zoom range adds new dimensions to photographing landscapes, cityscapes, mountains and scenic vistas—as well as groups and building interiors. Despite its compact size, it offers outstanding optical performance. Strategically deployed LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) lens elements thoroughly suppress chromatic aberration. The combination of ultra wide-angle focal length and an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.19m (7.5 in) at the wide-angle end encourages richly expressive and creative photography.

The new 17-28mm zoom’s AF drive system is powered by the RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit that enables it to deliver high-speed, high-precision operation. In addition, the new zoom lens features Moisture-Resistant Construction and a hydrophobic Fluorine Coating that repels fingerprints and dirt. This compact but powerful tool will boost your mobility and drive your vision of capturing subjects in new ways.

Compact size you can take anywhere—and everywhere

Tamron makes large aperture ultra wide-angle photography more exciting, and for this lens we focused on usability. The 17-28mm zoom range was carefully selected; that paved the way for a surprisingly small size—just 99mm (3.9 in) long, weighing but 420g (14.8 oz). The overall length of the lens does not change during zooming, thereby offering consistent handling and stable shooting operations. In addition, the Φ67mm filter size is small for a large aperture ultra wide-angle zoom lens. Plus, it shares the same filter diameter as the high-speed standard zoom lens in the series, the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036). This means the same filters such as PL (Polarizer), lens caps and other accessories may be used for both models.

Beautifully capture every scene and vista

The 17-28mm zoom provides magnificent image quality without compromise despite its compactness. Two LD lens elements and one XLD element (which has properties close to fluorite) are precisely located to quash chromatic and other aberrations. In addition, the BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating applied to lens surfaces reduces ghosting and flare that are otherwise likely to occur when shooting against the sunset’s glow and other backlit situations. Leveraging camera functions*, it provides excellent optical performance matching the latest high resolution image sensors from edge-to-edge throughout the entire zoom range. The 17-28mm zoom invites you into the breathtaking world of ultra wide-angle photography.
* When shooting with the camera’s lens correction function enabled.

Superior close-up shooting performance empowers creativity

The 17-28mm zoom features an MOD of 0.19m (7.5 in) at the wide 17mm end, rendering a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.2. At the tele end, the MOD is 0.26m (10.2 in) and the maximum magnification ratio is 1:6. In short, you can easily get close enough for a powerful shot. Your images can emphasize the perspective unique to ultra wide-angle lenses, and you can produce soft expressions with a shallow depth of field distinctive to large aperture lenses by opening the aperture and getting close to the subject. Versatile, functional and sensational—all at the same time.

High performance autofocus system means you’ll own every shooting opportunity

The AF drive on the 17-28mm zoom includes an RXD motor unit to help you stay focused on the action. RXD uses an actuator to precisely control the rotational angle of the motor, allowing it to directly drive the focusing lens without passing through a reduction gear. A sensor that accurately detects the position of the lens enables high-speed and precise AF, which is ideal when shooting continually moving subjects or recording video. Perfect for street shooting and grab shots of groups of friends. And with a focusing system that is both smooth and quiet, the new 17-28mm zoom lets you shoot a video without worrying about picking up ambient drive sounds.

Additional features

Tamron A036 – Moisture Resistant ConstructionFor greater protection when shooting outdoors, leak-resistant seals throughout the lens barrel help protect your equipment.

Fluorine CoatingThe front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.

Image illustrates resistance to grime (oil-based felt marker)
Left: without Fluorine Coating
Right: with Fluorine Coating

A 9-blade diaphragm is configured to retain a smooth, circular-shaped aperture opening even when stopped down by two stops from the wide-open aperture. This produces a smooth-edged bokeh in background light spots.

Image of mechanism that narrowed down two steps

Versatile, exciting combination when paired with the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036)

Two high-performance partners, the 17-28mm zoom combined with the 28-75mm zoom, cover the super-broad range from 17mm ultra wide-angle to 75mm medium telephoto, and maintain excellent speed with an open aperture of F/2.8. The total weight of the two lenses is less than 1kg (35.3 oz)*. Similar in design and operation, both lenses have the zoom ring at the front while the focus ring is at the rear, so you can seamlessly concentrate on shooting after exchanging lenses. And since both models have the same filter diameter of 67mm, filters such as PL (Polarizer), lens caps and other accessories are compatible with both. This compact but potent combo makes the most of the mobility of mirrorless cameras.
*Model A036: 550g (19.4 oz), Model A046: 420g (14.8 oz) 

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User-friendly design is beautiful, durable and functional

The 17-28mm zoom design is not only beautiful, it is functional as well and features an outer housing hugging the smooth contours of the lens body, deftly worked Luminous Gold brand ring and the precise, rigid metal lens mount. The Luminous Gold brand ring solidifies the characteristic look of a Tamron-branded lens whether on its own or attached to a camera body.

Specifications

Model A046
Focal Length 17-28mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 103° 41′ – 73° 23′
(for full-frame format)
Optical Construction 13 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.19m (7.5 in)
0.26m (10.2 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:5.2 (WIDE) / 1:6 (TELE)
Filter Size φ67mm
Maximum Diameter φ73mm
Length* 99mm (3.9 in)
Weight 420g (14.8 oz)
Aperture Blades 9 (circular diaphragm) **
Minimum Aperture f/22
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Sony E-Mount

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. may be changed without prior notice.
* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation

Release Date
July 25th, 2019

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13 elements in 11 groups