Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE Compared to The Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T FE OSS


I received my Tamron from B&H Photo yesterday and it is impressively small for the specs. I included a photo showing how it compares to the Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T FE OSS, below, which is currently one of Sony’s most compact zoom lenses and it isn’t much bigger considering it’s a f/2.8 lens. The Zeiss is a little lighter at 426g, but the Tamron isn’t much heavier at 550g, which is much lighter than the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM at 886g.

I might get my hands on one soon for a comparison, but the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE is a far superior lens to the Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T FE OSS so far and I will likely sell it when I get a wide Sony zoom. Follow me on Instagram and 500px for some of my first photos with this difficult to find lens.

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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Free Sony a9 With Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Purchase in Ukraine?


Fotomagazinpaparazzi a retailer in Ukraine is offering a free Sony a9 with Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS for a limited time. The deal requires you to put 50% down and then pay the other 50% upon receipt of the lens, only then will they send you a free Sony a9. This strange promotion seems to be specific to the site and is probably just Fotomagazinpaparazzi playing with their profit margins to sell more lenses.

Sony is known for having a high-profit margin and I have been told by multiple retailers about Sony offering them ridiculous discounts in the neighborhood of 50% so this deal just might be legit. Maybe some readers can take advantage, but if you do not live in Ukraine this kind of deal might come with warranty claim issues. Maybe other retailers will put together similar bundles in the future, in which case the Sony 400mm f/2.8 will become a bargain.

Sony 400mm f/2.8 FE: B&H Photo / AmazonAdorama
Sony a9 Action Shooting Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Sony Celebrates No.1 Overall Position in U.S. Full-frame Cameras with Launch of Historic “Be Alpha” Campaign


Sony Celebrates No.1 Overall Position in U.S. Full-frame Cameras with Launch of Historic “Be Alpha” Campaign

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2018 – Sony Electronics, Inc. – a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer – today announced that it has overtaken and held the No. 1 overall position in the United States full-frame interchangeable lens camera market in the first half of 2018, in both dollars and units1. In fact, four out of every 10 full-frame cameras sold during this time period have come from the Sony brand1. Read More »

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Sony EISA 2018 Awards


Sony a7III
The third generation of Sony’s high-resolution mirrorless camera, the α7R III has a 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor that produces images with tremendous detail. At the same time it provides high shooting speeds of up to 10 frames per second with autofocus tracking, allowing it to keep moving subjects in sharp focus. The 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system has been fine-tuned to support the high-resolution shooting capacity, meaning you can use the camera handheld in a wide range of conditions.


Sony a7III
With the α7 III, Sony has set the standard for an all-round full-frame mirrorless camera capable of tackling many forms of photography. The new 24.2-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor provides outstanding image quality in a wide range of lighting conditions. The autofocus system covers almost the entire frame, making it easy to focus on and track moving subjects that are not in the centre of the frame. With a burst speed of 10 frames per second and a 4K video mode, the α7 III is ready to capture fast action. Read More »

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Samyang Lens Station Available on Amazon


The Samyang Lens Station is now available on Amazon after being announced in November. The lens station:

  • Allows you to update Samyang AF lens firmware
  • Compatible with Sony E mount Autofocus Samyang lenses
  • Calibrate focus, aperture and manual focus sensitivity
  • Lens Station, Front and Rear Caps

You can also get the lens manager and user manual below.
[Download Lens Manager]
[Download User Manual]

The lens station works with the following lenses.

Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 FE: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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B&H Photo is Processing Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE Orders


Just saw my AMEX get charged for the new Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE at B&H Photo. Hopefully, they have enough for everyone, I should receive mine this week. I can’t wait to see how it performs and I hope that readers are able to secure a lens sooner rather than later. I didn’t order my lens until after the announcement of firmware v2 so maybe, we are getting towards the end of shortages for the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE.

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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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