Making the most of the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8

Making the most of the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8

Looking for a versatile and affordable ultra wide-angle zoom lens to add to your Sony mirrorless toolkit? The Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 makes a great choice. It’s compact, lightweight, weather-sealed and designed exclusively for full-frame mirrorless format, allowing photographers to explore various genres with portability and superb image quality. This lens is also on our list of Tamron zoom lenses for every photographer, where we recommend it for landscapes and more.

Some of you may also remember that two of our editors put the lens through its paces a few years back. (In case you missed those, check out the reviews here and here.) So, for those who have just discovered the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8, we picked some tips and tricks from their reviews to give you an idea about how to make the most out of this ultra wide-angle zoom lens.

Editor’s note: This is a sponsored post.

It’s a great choice for a first ultra wide-angle zoom lens.

Are you taking the next step with your mirrorless photography? Or maybe you’re planning to expand your lens lineup to explore more photography genres. Whichever the case, a versatile ultra wide angle zoom lens may be a worthy addition to your tool kit. Since it’s more affordable than its Sony and other third-party counterparts, the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 makes for a great first ultra wide-angle zoom lens that won’t hurt your wallet.

Photo by Roy Powell

Make it your trusty travel lens.

Compact, lightweight and weather-sealed, the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 makes for an excellent lens for your travels. Take it anywhere and everywhere so you never miss a shot, whether it’s capturing landscapes, documenting street scenes in a new city or immortalizing unforgettable travel moments. With its top-notch autofocus performance, you can also be sure that your snaps will be pin-sharp and in-focus.

Use it for sweeping scenes and landscapes.

While the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 is versatile enough for many genres, sweeping scenes and landscapes are where it truly shines. Don’t limit yourself to landscapes and cityscapes. Take advantage of its zoom range to capture architecture, group snaps and building interiors. Anytime you need more room for your shots, reach for this lens and use it to capture those extra details and elements.


Try astrophotography.

Thinking of challenging yourself with a new photography genre? How about astrophotography? You can definitely give it a go with the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8. As Mike Smith noted in his review video above, it’s a lightweight lens that is perfect for traveling to astrophotography locations. In addition, the variable focal lengths also allow you to explore different compositions without having to change lenses. Simply zoom in to get closer shots!

He also gave some valuable tips to help you get started with capturing the night sky using this lens. These include shooting in manual mode to bring up the focusing scale on the camera display to help you set the focus. Another is to create a wider shot by taking multiple images that you can stitch together later in post.

While it’s not a lens that’s designed for bokeh, you can create some pleasing out of focus areas with the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8. Photo by Brett Day

Experiment with bokeh.

“In the right situations, the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 can produce some pleasing bokeh,” noted Brett Day in his review. Of course, you won’t get the same effect as that of a faster lens. Likewise, it won’t look like the round bokeh that you’re probably used to. But for an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, he adds that the cat’s eye shape that you’ll get is still a nice effect. His quick tip? Shoot the lens at the minimum focusing distance of 7.5 inches at 17mm to let the background “melt away.”

Got any tips to add to the list? We’d love to know, so drop yours in the comment below!