June 11, 2020

Tamron's New Lens is an All-in-One Zoom for Filmmakers

Tamron releases a 28-200mm zoom for full-frame Sony E-mount.

Tamron has announced the 28-200mm F/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lightweight, portable zoom covers a wide focal range making it an ideal all-in-one option for creators.

Key Features

  • Full-Frame
  • 28-200mm
  • F2.8-F5.6
  • Hybrid AF
  • Eye AF
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)

Tamron users might recall the AF 28-200mm F3.8-5.6 released in 1992. This new model infuses all of the company's latest expertise into this new model. Optically, the lens contains 18 elements in 14 groups, including GM (Glass Molded) Aspherical, hybrid aspherical, XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion), and LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to suppress chromatic aberrations. Tamron also added its BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating to reduce ghosting and flare. In-camera correction features minimize distortion and maintain edge-to-edge sharpness at all focal lengths. 

The 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 joins several focal lengths in Tamron's full-frame Di III line, including the 17-28mm F2.8 and 70-180mm F2.8. The series shares a common 67mm filter diameter to mount ND and PL filters. The 28-200mm F2.8 has an overall length of 4.6" and weighs 20.3 oz. The fast aperture has a 7 blade design which is has a near-perfect circle at two stops down from maximum aperture. At 28mm the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) is 7.5" so it might not be the best option for interior car work depending on the situation.

The lens utilizes an RXD stepping motor for quiet autofocus. When mounting a microphone on the Sony camera with the lens it shouldn't pick up any of the lens noise during autofocus. As with other lenses in the series, its moisture resistant, has a fluorine coating to repel oil and water, and there's a zoom lock switch located on the barrel.

Tamron Sony E-mount lineup:

  • 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD
  • 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD
  • 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD
  • 20mm/24mm/35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD
  • 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD

The 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens is scheduled to be available on June 25th at $729. Tamron says due to the spread of COVID-19, the release date or supply could be delayed.     

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Has anyone tested their Sony E Line up? I switched over to Sony and now have a need for all-around lenses.

June 11, 2020 at 9:51AM

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Andrea Bajandas
Assistant Production Manager
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I've played around with the 28-75. The zoom ring is slow and kind of sticky, and the build quality is pretty plasticky and cheap. But the AF is pretty fast and accurate and if you're on a budget it's quite sharp.

June 12, 2020 at 3:15AM

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Pat Heine
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What about this lens is "for film makers"?
The non-constant aperture? Having to add way more light level every time you go in for a close up?
This is 100% a low-end photo lens.

June 13, 2020 at 8:17AM

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My thoughts exactly. Tamron has made variants of a 28-200 lens for a long, long time. There's nothing that makes this lens particularly good for filmmaking, and there's nothing significantly better for filmmaking about it than the previous versions.

The minimum focusing distance doesn't make much sense for filmmaking. The electronic-only, not-declicked aperture doesn't make sense either. I'll bet it doesn't have constant focus when zooming in/out either.

June 18, 2020 at 11:27AM

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Christian Druitt
Director/Cinematographer/Composer
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