Tamron says it will release it’s new 20-40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD for Sony FE mount this fall or winter.
Most standard zooms have a focal range of 24-70mm or 24-105mm, which is pretty flexible and useful, but if you like to take pictures of architecture, travel, and interiors, in particular, 24mm might not be wide enough.
This is also important for solo vloggers who want to use a grip or gimbal to film themselves and their surroundings. Even if you hold the camera out at arm’s length with a 24mm lens, it might be hard to get everything in, which can get tiring pretty quickly.
We’ve already seen a few of these ultra-wide standard zooms from other companies. The Olympus 8-25mm f/4 Pro lens (16-50mm equivalent) and the Panasonic full frame 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 have both impressed us.
Tamron 20-40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A062) important things
Tamron calls this a “category-disrupting” lens, and with good reason: it can replace both a standard zoom and a wide zoom. Even though it only has a 2x zoom, it still has a semi-wide to very wide angle of view. It also has a maximum aperture of f/2.8, which stays the same.
This lens will have Tamron’s quiet and fast VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) AF drive system. It will also have a minimum focus distance of just 6.7 inches (0.17m) and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8 at the wide end of the zoom range.
Tamron says it weighs 12.9oz (366g), is 3.4 inches (86mm) long, and has a rapid zoom action with a 65o arc. With Tamron’s Lens Utility software, you can change how the focus ring works and install any new firmware updates. Like most of Tamron’s other mirrorless lenses, the filter size is 67mm.
The Tamron 20-40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD is set to come out in Autumn/Fall 2022. However, Tamron warns that “due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.” We don’t know how much it will cost yet.