Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#45621 date: Dec-12-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 EX DC
Samyang 12 F2
Sigma 12-24 EX DG HSM
Opteka 15 F4
Rokinon 16 F2
Sony E 16 F2.8
Tamron SP 17-35 F2.8-4
Tokina AF 17 F3.5
Samyang AF 18 F2.8
Sigma 19 F2.8 DN Art
Sigma 20 F1.8 EX DG
Tamron 20 F2.8 OSD
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Tokina AF 20-35 F3.5-4.5 I & II
Canon EF 22-55 F4-5.6 USM
Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG HSM
Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Tamron 24 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Samyang AF 24 F2.8
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Tamron 35 F2.8 OSD M1:2
price paid:700 USD (new)
positive:Center sharpness
Quick, quiet focusing
Limited range
Lateral CA
Zoom pumping
Pincushion distortion
comment:This was another completed Greentoe offer. Tamron currently has a $50 instant savings promotion. This has a more limited zoom range than most wide zooms except for 24-35mm zooms. I would still like a better much wider lens eventually. I happily sold my Tamron SP 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di the day after this lens arrived. Tamron's current 17-35mm F2.8-4 OSD for SLRs is slightly less expensive. "MADE IN VIETNAM"

The rear rubber mount gasket requires a good amount of effort to mount the lens. The rear housing looks identical to those on the Tamron OSD primes which are similar to the Sony FE 1.8/50. The lens handles nicely. It looks skinny and long for an ultrawide.

The focus control is in the rear of the lens in the same position as their OSD primes. The other two RXD zooms also have their focus controls in the back, but they are located further forward. The front and rear elements move in opposite directions to zoom. They are fully extended at 17 mm and most retracted near 28 mm. The zoom action is somewhat heavy but very smooth and consistent.

This copy has a alignment issue causing extra lateral CA on the right side of images. It is also not quite as sharp at the long end. It has a somewhat cool color cast. The image quality is competitive with the 18, 24, and 28 mm primes. The wide end doesn't seem to be any wider than the Samyang 18mm F2.8. The narrow end is narrower than the FE 2/28.

The included HA046 bayonet petal hood is very similar but slightly deeper than the HF050 hood from the 20 and 24 mm primes and doesn't vignette when used on those lenses.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 4.67
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.33
  • flare control: 4.67
  • overall: 4.53
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