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    Tamron FE Plans

    Looks like Tamron is following up their 28-75/2.8 and 17-28/2.8 withba telephoto zoom next. Depending on price it looks like people will be able to obtain a trio of lenses for about the price of a G-Master zoom. Excellent options at more reasonable prices for those that canít really obtain a full kit of Sonyís premium lenses.

    https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/tamr...arriving-soon/
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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    not bad at all, it seems the fe mount has good traction now and all in a short time!
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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    Quote Originally Posted by msadat View Post
    not bad at all, it seems the fe mount has good traction now and all in a short time!
    Yeah. Thatís true. Itís one of the factors that make me hesitant to possibly adopt an additional system to overcome some of my subjective ďissuesĒ with Sony. There are rumors of an updated A9 coming later this year and Iím interested in seeing if theyíll retain the identical body size with it or allow it to possibly grow ever so slightly... or if theyíll bring out a separate body to cover those that want a larger option.
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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    Richard Wong 17-28/2.8 Review.

    https://youtu.be/yCjT44Q7j4A

    TLW... great lens with a few design compromises with respect to price and size. Great alternative to the 16-35/2.8 GM at less than half the price.
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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    Another here for the 17-28:

    https://youtu.be/__NvUK7MHAE

    Some of his conclusions seem at odds with the samples he's showing on screen... but it's hard to tell. I don't think the Tamron will truly be as good as the 16-35 GM, especially in the corners. He kind of skips over corner performance for astro, despite having some samples, which is a bit worrying. I sold my Sony 16-35/4 in anticipation of this lens, but if it turns out to only be OK, I might stick with my Voigtlander 15 and add a prime like the 24/1.4 GM.

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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    Quote Originally Posted by ggibson View Post
    Another here for the 17-28:

    https://youtu.be/__NvUK7MHAE

    Some of his conclusions seem at odds with the samples he's showing on screen... but it's hard to tell. I don't think the Tamron will truly be as good as the 16-35 GM, especially in the corners. He kind of skips over corner performance for astro, despite having some samples, which is a bit worrying. I sold my Sony 16-35/4 in anticipation of this lens, but if it turns out to only be OK, I might stick with my Voigtlander 15 and add a prime like the 24/1.4 GM.
    Yeah I seriously doubt itíll be as good as the GM. I think the big benefit is price to performance, speed, and an alternative option.
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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    The best bang for the buck in this focal range is the Canon 16-35 f4 L. Can usually pick them up used for ~$750 or so plus you'd need the MC-11 if you don't have one already. Since I regularly use Canon lenses on my Sonys, it isn't an issue. Of course, if you need the f2.8, the Sony is quite good. The Canon f4L lens completely outshines their own f2.8L.

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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    Quote Originally Posted by JoelM View Post
    The best bang for the buck in this focal range is the Canon 16-35 f4 L. Can usually pick them up used for ~$750 or so plus you'd need the MC-11 if you don't have one already. Since I regularly use Canon lenses on my Sonys, it isn't an issue. Of course, if you need the f2.8, the Sony is quite good. The Canon f4L lens completely outshines their own f2.8L.

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    The Tamron is going to be $899 new so itíll retail for about the same price as an used Canon 16-35/4 + Adapter. I agree that the Canon f/4 L zoom lenses are great but I personally donít adapt lenses all that much any longer. Didnít have a bad experience but the native experience just works a bit better for me.
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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    For me, the biggest selling point for this Tamron is size and weight, but price is also a win. There's nothing really like it--420g for an f2.8 AF ultrawide zoom at $900. I will gladly give up some range, especially on the long end where I can crop more easily. Of course those looking for ultimate image quality will go for the 16-35 GM or primes, or those looking for value can find a used Canon (not really any cheaper though if you have to factor the adapter in). The Tamron hits a nice sweet spot in the middle for me, but that's as long as it delivers at least decent image quality (as good as the 16-35/4 would be fine). If corner performance for astro is not great, then the f2.8 spec is less appealing.

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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    Review so far from Camera Labs with lots of full-size images:

    https://www.cameralabs.com/tamron-17...di-iii-review/
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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    I'm cross-posting some of this text from another forum, so apologies to those who read it twice

    I received my lens this week and had some time to shoot it yesterday. Prior to this, I owned the Sony 16-35/4 (sold in anticipation of the Tamron), and I currently own the Voigtlander 15/4.5 III and Sony 28/2 for this range. For practical purposes regarding handling and usage, the Tamron is almost exactly the same size and weight as the two primes put together. Both setups feel small and light! There is an advantage to having two lenses in that I often carry just the Sony 28/2 as a walk-around lens. Or I can skip the 28/2 and carry the Voigtlander 15mm with my Voigtlander 40mm (sharing the same filters too). Whether I will sell these primes and stick with the Tamron, I haven't decided yet.

    I compared shots of the two primes against the Tamron and tested the Tamron corners for centering. Mine is well centered, at least testing the extreme focal lengths, 17 and 28.

    Between the Tamron and my CV15, you'd be hard pressed to tell them apart aside from the focal length difference. Wide open for both lenses (f2.8 vs. f4.5), the CV15 is just a bit better. Stopped down, there's not really much difference to talk about, but the Voigtlander has more CA. My CV15 has great corners, no smearing.

    Against the Sony 28/2, I found the Tamron was better resolving at both f2.8 and f8. Most of the difference is in midfield and edge/corner resolution. Both lenses look good in the center. Bokeh-wise, compared at f2.8 the Tamron is a bit cleaner, but the Sony of course has f2. I would say 95% of my Sony 28/2 shots are family shots at f2 where center sharpness on the Sony is great. There's a bokeh comparison below, and I think the difference is small enough not to matter to me. For environmental portraits with maximum bokeh, I have the Voigtlander 40/1.2. The Tamron does focus more closely than the 28/2 by the way. Overall, I would say that I feel like the Tamron can pretty much replace everything the 28/2 does except for its size. For a look at bokeh--a quick comparison wide open between the Tamron at f2.8 and the Sony 28/2 at f2 with full-size links below (keep in mind there's no profile applied to the Tamron). Don't read too much into the colors, since I've adjusted both quite a bit:


    Tamron at 28mm f2.8 by Graham Gibson, on Flickr
    Full-size: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...61b1806e_o.jpg


    Sony 28mm at f2 by Graham Gibson, on Flickr
    Full-size: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...7b876c27_o.jpg

    And a few more shots--Tamron at 17mm, f2.8:

    Cactus by Graham Gibson, on Flickr

    Tamron at 28mm, f2.8:

    Bokeh test by Graham Gibson, on Flickr

    Tamron at 28mm, f2.8:

    Bokeh Test by Graham Gibson, on Flickr

    Tamron at 17mm f2.8:

    Close focus wide angle by Graham Gibson, on Flickr

    Tamron at 20mm at f22 (this was actually using Sky HDR, I forget what exposure was used for the sky):

    Orinda Hills by Graham Gibson, on Flickr

    Tamron at 17mm at f13, Sunstar:

    Sunstar by Graham Gibson, on Flickr
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamgibson/
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    Re: Tamron FE Plans

    The Tamron looks excellent and if I choose to stay with my Sony system Iíll probably go ahead and pick up all of the Tamron zooms for convenience. Thanks for sharing though I did see your landscape shots on Flickr already.
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