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This new Tamron lens is the smallest and lightest in its class

This 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD only weighs 16.2 oz

tamron ultra wide 17-35mm camera lens

The new Tamron ultra-wide zoom lens checks in more than $150 cheaper than Canon’s aging 17-40 f/4L and roughly half the price of Nikon’s 16-35mm f/4 VR.

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A new ultra-wide 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD lens from Tamron for full-frame Canon and Nikon cameras is both the shortest and the lightest lens in its class. Here is what we know about it:

  • 3.5” long
  • Weighs 16.2 oz
  • 15 elements spread across 10 groups
  • 4 low dispersion elements to cut down on axial chromatic aberrations
  • 2 glass molded aspherical elements to correct distortion
  • Minimum focusing distance of 11 in
  • Optimized silent drive for AF
  • 7-blade diaphragm and a circular aperture for smooth bokeh
  • Fluorine coated front element helps keep the lens free of smudges, dirt and dust
  • Broad-band anti-reflection coating reduces reflection, cuts down on ghosting and flare
  • Nikon mount coming Sept. 4 for $599
  • Canon mount release date coming soon

Compared to other lenses in this class, Tamron’s version is also very affordable—making this a great option for photographers interested in exploring wide angle territory. It checks in more than $150 cheaper than Canon’s aging 17-40 f/4L and roughly half the price of Nikon’s 16-35mm f/4 VR. Because this lens is also relatively fast it will be quite versatile: good for landscapes, action sports, live music on the wide end or street photography and portraits on the 35mm end.

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