Tamron Announce ‘Smallest and Lightest’ Ultra-Wide-Angle Landscape Lens

Tamron has announced yet another piece of glass to its extensive lineup – this time an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037).

Created for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLRs, Tamron claims the lens to be the ‘smallest and lightest in its class’, at just 3.5in in length and 16.2oz (459g) in weight. Whilst primarily aimed at the professional landscape market, Tamron believes the lens to also be ideal for casual snapshots and general photographic use.

“For those looking to try out an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the first time, as well as having a lens that is easily portable, the A037 is the definitive choice,” states Tamron.

The lens is advertised as wielding ‘outstanding optics’, that consist of 15 glass elements in 10 groups, with four Low Dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberration. In addition, two Glass Moulded Aspherical lenses help combat distortion and further aberration, often common at the super-wide 17mm mark.

Through the application of a Broad-Band Anti Reflection Coating, further issues such as ghosting and flare that often crop up when shooting landscapes are supposedly combatted by the lens.

If you’re also hoping to photograph sensitive wildlife, then the Model A037 comes equipped with an Optimized Silent Drive, that aims to reduce noise by allowing for silent autofocus with increased speed and performance.

Equally, when out and about Tamron has ensured a double-layer of protection. Firstly, a ‘moisture-resistant construction’, placing seals at the lens mount and other essential areas to stop rain or moisture from infiltrating the components of the lens.

Secondly, the front glass element is coated with a fluorine compound that provides resistance from dirt, dust, moisture and even oily fingerprints. Reducing the required level of maintenance, the coating could keep the lens in perfect order for many years.

The lens will be available for Nikon mounts on September 4th 2018, with the Canon yet to be announced, at a suggested retail price of $599.

For more information visit Tamron’s dedicated webpage, and check out some sample shots below:

Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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