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Tamron is developing an ultra-fast 35-150mm f/2-2.8 zoom – Amateur Photographer

Tamron is developing an ultra-fast 35-150mm f/2-2.8 zoom – Amateur Photographer

Tamron has announced that it’s the process of developing two new lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras, with both due for release by the end of this year. As yet, there’s no indication of pricing for either lens.

Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058)

First up, the Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058) will be the first E-mount zoom to boast a super-fast maximum aperture of f/2. The firm claims that it will be ideal for travel photography, thanks to its broad zoom range and 33cm minimum focus distance. As we’d expect, Tamron also says that the lens will deliver excellent optical performance throughout its zoom range, complemented by fast, precise autofocus driven by a VXD linear motor.

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063)

Second is the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063), which is a successor to the current E-mount 28-75mm f/2.8 RXD. It’s not just a minor makeover but a significant update, with new optics designed to keep up with the latest high-resolution sensors. It employs a quicker, more precise VXD autofocus motor and offers a minimum focus distance of just 18cm at the wide end for a maximum magnification of 0.37x. Like its predecessor, and many of Tamron’s other lenses, it will use 67mm filters; it also gains an updated cosmetic design.

Tamron Lens Utility software

Both new lenses will also be compatible with newly-developed Tamron Lens Utility software. Via an optional connector cable, users will be able to adjust several aspects of their operation. It’ll be possible to customise the Focus Set button between an array of handy options, including the ability to set two preset focus distances and shift focus between them; to jump to a specific preset focus point; to select between AF and MF; and to switch the focus ring to setting the aperture instead. In addition users will be able to customise exactly how manual focus operates, and update the lens’s firmware if required.