Tamron announces it's going to make a full frame 20-40mm f/2.8 zoom!

Tamron 20-40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD
(Image credit: Tamron)

If you ever wish your standard zoom lens was just a little wider, then you’re in luck! Well, you are you are a full frame Sony user anyway.

Most standard zooms offer a 24-70mm or 24-105mm focal range, which is pretty adaptable and versatile, but if you like to shoot architecture, travel and interiors in particular, that 24mm widest focal length might not be quite wide enough.

This is also a factor for solo vloggers who want to film themselves and their backgrounds from a grip or a gimbal. With a 24mm lens you might struggle to get everything in even with the camera at a full arm’s length, and that can get pretty tiring pretty fast, too.

The new Tamron's light weight and wide angle of view could make it perfect for vlogging. (Image credit: Tamron)

We’ve seen a couple of these ultra-wide standard zooms from other makers already, and we’ve been impressed by the Olympus 8-25mm f/4 Pro lens (16-50mm equivalent) and Panasonic’s full frame 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6.

Tamron 20-40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A062) key features

Tamron calls this a “category-disrupting” lens, and not without reason, as it could replace both a standard zoom and a wide zoom. It does have only a 2x zoom range, but that still covers a semi-wide to very wide angle of view. What’s more, it comes with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture.

(Image credit: Tamron)

This lens will include Tamron’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) AF drive system for quietness and speed. It will also have a minimum focus distance of just 6.7 inches (0.17m) for a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8 at the wide and of the zoom range.

Tamron quotes a weight of 12.9oz (366g) and a length of 3.4 inches (86mm) and a rapid zoom action with an arc of just 65º. Tamron’s Lens Utility software will allow you to choose the focus ring function setting and install any future firmware updates. The filter size is 67mm, iin line with most of Tamron’s other mirrorless lenses.

The Tamron 20-40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD is scheduled to launch in Autumn/Fall 2022, though Tamron warns that “due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change”. We do not have any pricing information yet.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com