Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD on Nikon Z: Will I get it?

Tamron just announced the Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD, Model A058 for the Nikon Z mount.

Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD

As some of you may know, I shoot Nikon. The question is, will I get it? Good question. I have always enjoyed having a wider zoom when shooting with my Nikon 500mm f/5.6 PF lens, which is my primary birding lens. In fact, I often take out my ‘plastic fantastic’ Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 lens, which is actually quite decent past 70mm.

On Nikon full-frame of course, the Tamron will have a much wider field of view, but still quite sufficient for very large mammals and environmental shots, which is welcome if I’m carrying around a 500mm prime and I can’t zoom out. Of course, I’d planning to pick up the Nikon 180-600 f/5.6-6.3 later, but that may take a while for a variety of reasons.

The Tamron is also ideal for my style of landscapes. I know most people think ultra wide-angle (UWA) when they think of landscapes, but my favourite focal lengths for landscapes are in the 50-100mm range (FF equivalent field of view). For example, I took this with my Venus Laowa 50mm f/2.8X Ultra Macro on micro four thirds, which is equivalent to 100mm on full-frame in terms of field of view:

Sunrise in Portal, Arizona

Thus, this Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di certainly makes a lot of sense for me. I also am rather attracted to that f/2-2.8 aperture. I love taking portraits as well and this would be an amazing outdoor portrait lens.

I’ll definitely wait a little to see how this lens performs, but it seems like a very nice lens for wildlife shooters who occasionally need something wider, but don’t want to worry about choosing the right prime.

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