Tamron recently announced two new lenses: the 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD for Nikon Z mount cameras, and the development of the "world’s first" 17-50mm wide-angle zoom lens
for full-frame mirrorless cameras.
The 35-150mm lens has been available for Sony users for some time, and it is one of my favorite lenses. This new version for Nikon Z mount cameras will be available on September 21, 2023, coming in at $1,999 USD. The lens features a fast maximum aperture, beautiful bokeh, and exceptional image quality throughout the entire zoom range (read my full review of the Tamron 35-150mm lens). I find this lens to be perfect for landscape photography, allowing me to zoom in for intimate landscape scenes, and it pairs wonderfully with my wide-angle zoom. I also love this lens for wildlife, as it gives me the flexibility to handle close encounters. It's an exceptional lens, one of Tamron's best, and Nikon users will appreciate its quality and versatility.
One thing I really like about the 35-150mm lens is that Tamron took a chance on a focal range that really wasn't covered by any other lens. After using the 35-150mm lens for a short time, I realized it was a lens I never knew I always wanted; it's versatile range proved to be perfect for a variety of photography applications. They've taken a similar innovative approach with their newly announced development of the 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras. This is not a standard focal range for a wide-angle zoom, and it offers more reach on the long end than is typical.
But, my question is: will this range be useful? For some photographers, it certainly will. Personally, I'm an ultra-wide shooter, so I've got my fingers crossed that Tamron will develop a wide-angle zoom that veers more into the wide side. I'm not sure it the 17-50mm will find its way into my camera bag when it comes to market, but if the optical quality is anything like that found in Tamron's 35-150mm lens, I'm sure that plenty of photographers will give the 17-50mm a serious look. But, we'll know more when the lens comes out!