Hands on: Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD

We don't break a sweat testing the lightest-ever full-frame ultra wide-angle zoom

Early Verdict

Tamron has filled a gap in the market with this lens, ending the notion that a fast ultra-wide FX lens must also be heavy and bulky.


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    Highly portable

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    Quality build regardless of weight-saving

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    Fast maximum aperture


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    No image stabilisation

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    No distance or depth of field scale

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Fast wide-angle zooms for full-frame DSLRs tend to be fairly weighty prospects, but Tamron is out to change that with the pared-down 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD. At a mere 460g, it's the lightest lens in its class, yet it still boasts a respectable - if variable - max aperture.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.