Flexible zoom range, fast design, and compact profile, the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD is a unique take on the ubiquitous and popular telephoto zoom. Designed for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, this lens spans a useful short-telephoto to mid-telephoto range and is characterized by its f/2.8 maximum aperture to suit working in available light conditions and for controlling depth of field. A sophisticated optical design includes a series of low dispersion and aspherical elements to correct a variety of aberrations and a BBAR-G2 coating helps to reduce flare and ghosting for high contrast and color accuracy. Additionally, a floating elements system is used to ensure consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, from 2.8' to infinity. Autofocus is handled by a pair of VXD linear motor units, which deliver notably fast, accurate, and quiet focusing performance, and full-time manual focus control is also available. Suiting this lens's use in inclement weather conditions, it also features a moisture-resistant construction along with a fluorine-coated front element to protect against fingerprints and smudging.
- E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- Six Low Dispersion Elements
- Three Aspherical Elements
Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Overview
Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Specs
70 to 180mm
|Lens Format Coverage|
67 mm (Front)
|Lens Format Coverage|
|Angle of View|
34° 21' to 13° 42'
|Minimum Focus Distance|
10.63" / 27 cm
|Macro Reproduction Ratio|
19 Elements in 14 Groups
67 mm (Front)
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
3.19 x 5.87" / 81 x 149 mm
|Length at Maximum Extension|
7" / 177.7 mm
1.78 lb / 810 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
9.8 x 5.8 x 5.5"
Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Reviews
Brilliant image at a reasonable price
Does everything the flagships do, autofocus works nicely, super sharp at f 2.8, and pairs nicely with my G primes
Good value, flawed for video work
All in all, for the price its good. But it comes with compromises. Especially for video work. I like : the size and weight, the optical quality (for photos), the little extra (70mm macro capability), the large aperture. I know that most photo lenses aren't thought to be parfocals, but I always check what I'm dealing with when live zooming while recording video and this lens cannot be used for moderate to fast zooming. As long as you keep your focal choice while shooting its nice, but as soon as you would like to keep the zoom movement in the shot, its bad. Everytime you zoom in or out, everything goes blurry until you hard stop. And no its not the autofocus. Even in MF, when you use the zoom the image goes blurry. Its not subtle or quick enough for the eye NOT to notice. Its also somewhat made worse by the plastic feeling of it. I guess it depends on the work, but not being able to keep a fast zoom in or out really cripple my use case. It would be a 4-5 star if was mainly doing photos.
Compact for a f/2.8 zoom
I bought this to use with a Sony a7c. I wanted a zoom tele that was compact and yet have f/2.8 through the entire zoom range. This lens fits the bill. It doesn't have stabilization, but my camera body does. While it has internal focus, the lens does extend when zooming. It also only zooms to 180mm. For me, the trade off is that I get a lens that weighs half of the competition, is smaller than the other lenses, and fits in the bag nicely. In use, the lens is great. Images are sharp wide open, focus is snappy, and it does everything I need, even in low light.
Yet to have a problem with this lens. Love the speed and quality relative to the g master 70-200. Going to hold onto it for a while.
This lens works quickly and quietly. It is a nice alternative to the Sony branded lens, which costs a bit more. The firmware can be upgraded. I upgraded the firmware as soon as the lens arrived and the process was quick and simple.
This is a spectacular lens, especially for the money.
I saved up during my second year of college to upgrade to a Sony a7III and this was my first non-kit lens purchase for it. This is an outstanding lens that has returned some great results for me. The lens is fairly light, autofocus is fast and crisp and isn't super prone to hunting. Handles the elements fairly well. A crisp lens for great money. Only con is that I found the included lens hood is a touch flimsy, it fell apart on me after a year.
Great anytime lens
Does not take too much room & easy to carry around; Weight & balance feel really good; Images also look good I'll use it more offen than the Gmaster
Great Performance at a Good Price
Yes, a focus dial and a manual focus knob would be great. But aside from that this lens works very well with my 7m4 SONY. It is quiet and quick to focus. Th 'macro' setting has very limited depth of field, but it does in a pinch.
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