Holy trinity

Fujifilm X-series cameras may soon get a new ‘holy trinity’ of Tamron lenses

Fujifilm’s X-series cameras aren’t exactly lacking in lens options, but the company’s decision to open up its mount to third parties last year is starting to pay off, with Tamron set to deliver three new ones soon. promising goals.

As spotted by Fuji Rumors, an interview with Tamron on Fujifilm Japan YouTube Channel suggests that the company plans to release three new lenses for the X-mount: a wide-angle zoom, a standard zoom, and a telephoto zoom.

These three lens types have traditionally been referred to by photographers as the “holy trinity” because collectively they cover almost any focal length or shooting situation. And an additional tip given to Fuji Rumors potentially gave us more specific details about these upcoming Tamron releases.

Apparently the wide-angle zoom will be an 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD lens, while the standard zoom will be a 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD. That would make sense, as both of these lenses currently exist for the Sony E-mount, which makes the conversion process relatively straightforward.

It’s not yet clear what form the telephoto zoom will take, but an X-mount version of Tamron’s current 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD for the E-mount would probably make the most sense. It would also perfectly complement the existing Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3, which was the company’s first X-mount lens.

There’s no indication of a release date or price for these three lenses yet, but we can expect to see them arrive in 2022. While pricing may vary from frame to frame, current E-mount versions of these lenses give us a rough guide – the 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD costs $829 / £819 / AU$1,049, while the 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD is available for $799 / £779 / AU$1,019.

Analysis: good news for Fuji fans, but where is Sigma?

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens on a blue background

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When choosing a new camera system, one of the most important factors is the range of lenses available for the mount – and the arrival of more third-party options certainly makes the Fujifilm X series more attractive. for amateur shooters.

A few years ago, the system’s line of lenses were almost exclusively made by Fujifilm. And while that guaranteed a certain level of quality, it meant a lack of affordable options in some crucial areas – like the 50-140mm focal range, which equates to the popular 70-200mm lens choice on full-frame cameras. format.

Last year, Fujifilm decided to open up the X-mount to third-party manufacturers, which meant Tamron could produce versions of popular lenses, like its 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III. -A VC VXD for Sony. E-mount, with full autofocus powers.

It looks like Tamron is now following that first X-mount lens with a few others, which promise to give Fujifilm owners cheaper alternatives to current lenses like the XF10-24mm f/4 R OIS WR and XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR.

But while Tamron has earned a good reputation for its Sony E-mount lenses, many Fujifilm fans have been particularly keen to see Sigma create X-mount versions of some of its excellent lenses. Over the past year, Sigma has been making promising noises that it could happen in 2021, but so far none have come to fruition.

So while the arrival of a “holy trinity” of Tamron lenses next year will be welcomed by owners (or future owners) of X-series cameras, it’s Sigma that fans of Fuji will have a very watchful eye in 2022.