DPR: Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 Di III A-VC RXD Review Posted and Receives Silver Award

The Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 Di III A-VC RXD seems to be one of the best APS-C E-mount zooms currently available according to reviewers. You can read the full DPR review here or watch the DPRTV video review here and read its summary.

The Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD continues the company’s tradition of combining optical versatility with great value. A wide zoom range makes this lens great for travel, and it’s bright enough to blur backgrounds and snap sharp nighttime photos, thanks also to its vibration compensation. Sharpness and autofocus are excellent, while bokeh, distortion, flare and color fringing could be improved.


What we like What we don’t
  • Sharp all the way to the corners, even wide-open
  • Minimal vignetting
  • Good build quality
  • Generous zoom range
  • Bright and continuous F2.8 maximum aperture
  • Compact and lightweight design make it a good travel lens
  • Surprisingly swift, quiet autofocus
  • Almost zero focus breathing
  • Affordably priced
  • Strong barrel distortion at wide end limits min. focal length
  • Strong pincushion distortion at mid- to tele-photo focal lengths
  • Quite strong onion-ring bokeh
  • Truncated bokeh at image peripheries
  • Prone to ghosting with strong light sources
  • Some LoCA noticeable too
  • No physical controls for focus or stabilization modes
  • Manual focus ring doesn’t have the best feel

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