Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD Image Gallery
June 20th, 2021
2021 has been the year that Tamron has adjusted their aim to include a very important (and oft-overlooked) space – Sony APS-C E-mount. There are a LOT of Sony APS-C mirrorless shooters out there, and despite the large audience, there are relatively few APS-C specific releases. Not from Sony or from third parties other than the multitude of cheap manual focus lenses that pop up every few months. That seems to be changing, though. At the beginning of 2021, Tamron released their 17-70mm F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD fast aperture standard zoom lens, which I noted in my review might now be the biggest advantage for Sony in the APS-C space. The B070 (as Tamron refers to the lens) is a well made, fast focusing, optically excellent zoom that pretty much has it all. But Tamron clearly wasn’t done, as we now see a new APS-C for the middle of the year, this time a wide angle zoom that continues the tradition of a constant fast aperture of F2.8. The Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD (which Tamron calls the B060) is another intriguing addition to the Sony APS-C mirrorless space.
Tamron loves its initials in their lens names, so let’s sort out that alphabet soup. Di III is their designation for a mirrorless lens design, and, in this case, the addition of -A at the (Di III-A) refers to their development for APS-C mirrorless. RXD refers to the focus motor. I’m a fan of the RXD motors, as in every application I’ve tested, I’ve seen quiet, fast, and precise autofocus.
There are few legitimate alternatives to this lens, as there are few wide angle lenses on Sony APS-C E-mount, and only one comparable zoom. The Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS has a similar though not identical zoom range, a smaller maximum aperture of F4, but compensates by having optical stabilization. The two lenses are priced similarly, though the Tamron is more of a premium lens due to having a “professional-grade” maximum aperture, a stronger optical performance, and having a weather sealed build. Outside of the Sony 10-18mm, there really aren’t many options. There’s some overlap in focal range in the E 16-55mm F2.8 G, which is Sony’s premium player in this group, though that lens is more of a standard zoom and doesn’t go particularly wide. It is also priced about $500 higher, so I see that lens more as a competitor to the 17-70mm F2.8 from Tamron. On the lower end of the price spectrum there is another new option – the Samyang AF 12mm F2 that I recently reviewed. That lens might be a legitimate alternative if you don’t need the zoom range and want to save some money. But Tamron knows its business, and I like that they are utilizing a lot of their skills honed on their very well received Sony full frame zooms for these new lenses in the APS-C space, as this is another premium option for Sony shooters. It is a lens worth its roughly $830 USD price tag? Check out either my text review or video reviews to find out.
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Thanks to Tamron USA for sending me an early loaner of the lens. As always, this is a completely independent review. I used both my Sony a6400 and Sony Alpha 1 in APS-C mode to do this review.
Photos of the Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 RXD
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