TAMRON 17-70mm F2.8 (Model B070) for Sony E-mount x snap by Olivier Wong
I am Olivier Wong, a Parisian photographer who likes to take urban and landscape photography. I had the opportunity to test the new Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD (Model B070), a high-speed standard zoom lens for Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras. I had my hands on this new lens while I was in Paris and I did different photoshoots with it, from street photography to portraiture. Let me tell you my experience.
When I go out and shoot in the city, I like to pack light as I tend to walk a lot! So most of the time, I only bring a camera and two lenses to keep my bag not too heavy. When I took the Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 mounted on a Sony APS-C body for my daily use, I could really feel the difference compared to usual as the equipment is very compact and light weight. Yet, this great portability does not mean I had to compromise on the quality and features! Indeed, the focal range from 17mm to 70mm makes it a versatile lens as it covers a wide variety of situations and is perfect to capture different types of shots: when wandering in the city, I could take wide architecture shots of Parisian buildings and monuments as well as zoom-in shots of details from far. It is convenient to have this flexibility and not have to change lenses every now and then.
As I mostly shoot at sunrise or sunset to get this golden and soft light, I need an equipment capable of producing stunning images under low-light conditions. This is what the constant aperture of F2.8 can offer: I managed to get some bright and sharp results when I shot by hand at low shutter speed (around 1/25sec). For most of the situation, I did not need any tripod as the integrated VC image stabilization did a great job at compensating for camera shake.
When it comes to portrait, I was surprised by how quiet, fast and accurate the lens was. The autofocus works like a charm with the Eye-AF feature of the camera! The F2.8 aperture delivers really smooth bokeh even in wide-angle portrait shots: I was really satisfied with the eye-pleasing rendering of the portraits throughout the whole focal length.
As to sum up, I really enjoyed shooting with this lens. In everyday situations, the lens covers most of the pictures I am used to take and delivers crisp results. It is the perfect lens for anyone looking for a go-to lens for their daily uses and their travels. This would definitely be the right lens to pick if you are concerned with image quality, size and weight when travelling. I would say that this Tamron 17-70mm F2.8 is one of the best all-around lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras!
Born in Reunion Island in 1989, Olivier Wong is a photographer specialized in landscape, urban and travel photography based in Paris, France. He started photography when he settled in Paris in 2013 to work as an engineer. His passion for photography grew over the years as he wandered in the capital city and traveled around the world. Even if Paris is his main source of inspiration, discovering new places, immersing himself in local culture and capturing unique moments from his perspective have consistently fascinated him. His goal is to document his travels through his photographs as he thinks that every picture has a story to tell.
Lens Featured in this Impression
17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD b070(Model )
The 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD (Model B070) is a large-aperture standard zoom lens for APS-C format mirrorless cameras. With a focal length range of 17mm to 70mm (a full-frame equivalent of 25.5-105mm) for daily use, this achieves a 4.1x zoom. The optical design ensures high resolution and high contrast not just in the center of the image but also in corners and at the edges. The quiet AF drive motor and the VC image stabilization mechanism facilitate hand-held shooting. In addition, by counteracting focus breathing, the 17-70mm F2.8 empowers users' expression of their creative intentions to the fullest degree. This highly practical lens allows you to easily enjoy the high image quality of a large F2.8 aperture for both still and video shooting.