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New Tamron E-Mount Lenses Announced

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Some great news for Sony mirrorless camera users! Tamron has just announced the release of a trio of prime lenses built specifically for the E-mount system. Comprised of 20mm, 24mm, and 35mm models, the new Tamron E-mount lenses sport a feature set—and price point—that could potentially make them instant favorites. 

Each lens in the new lineup has a f/2.8 maximum aperture. That might not seem terribly impressive compared to some of the ultra-fast f/1.4 lenses on the market, but limiting these models to a modest max aperture gives the new Tamron E-mount lenses a few advantages. First, the size and weight can be kept down. The new 35mm lens, for instance, weighs just 7.4 oz. Compare that to the Tamron SP35mm f/1.4 lens, which measures in at 28.4 oz. Sure, the larger lens is two stops faster, but it weighs nearly four times as much. A user who’s more interested in a compact package than a wide aperture will likely appreciate the savings.

The modest aperture also meant that Tamron could focus on optimizing pure image quality. Designing a wide-aperture lens comes with its own set of engineering obstacles that often lead to compromised image quality—softness wide open, heavy vignetting, and optical aberrations, just to name a few. By keeping the lenses at f/2.8, Tamron could avoid many of those obstacles and promise a high level of image quality. The inclusion of low dispersion and aspherical elements, along with Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating, should help them deliver on that promise. Added bonuses include robust weather sealing, and an impressive close-focus distance—the new lenses can all focus to a 1:2 magnification ratio. All of these features add up to a lens that would normally command a pretty high price.

Each of the lenses features multiple specialized elements for improved image quality, and robust weather sealing.

And speaking of price, that might one of the best aspects of these new Tamron E-mount primes: they were designed to be affordable. Each model will cost just $349. That’s a great price for anyone looking to add their first high-quality prime lens to a new camera kit. It’s also a reasonable enough price for any photographer that already has a high-end 20mm, 24mm, or 35mm prime that they love, but wants a second, smaller lens for a travel package.

Check out the MTF charts below, and click through to pre-order any of these new Tamron lenses.

Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Prime Lens for E-mount

Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Prime Lens for E-mount
Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Prime Lens for E-mount
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