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
|Focal Length||70 to 180mm|
|Lens Mount||Sony E|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||34° 21' to 13° 42'|
|Minimum Focus Distance||10.63" / 27 cm|
|Macro Reproduction Ratio||1:2|
|Optical Design||19 Elements in 14 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||9, Rounded|
|Filter Size||67 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||3.19 x 5.87" / 81 x 149 mm|
|Length at Maximum Extension||7" / 177.7 mm|
|Weight||1.78 lb / 810 g|
|Package Weight||2.725 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||9.3 x 6.3 x 5.7"|
Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Reviews
Since switching to full frame lenses, I never had a 70-200 equivalent. I rented this previously and was impressed. Finally got this to keep for good. Excellent glass, highly recommend. Chose this over the Sony equivalents.
The whole point Mirrorless exists is this lens.
As a professional photographer this is my go-to lens for events. To summarize my thoughts early here, if you are a photographer who carries around 2 cameras having this on your sony while having something like the sigma 28-70 2.8 or the tamron version is the PERFECT setup. I left my other brand of camera for Sony because of this setup. Literally from my Z9/Z7ii combo and associated lenses to my now Sony A1 and Sony a7iv combo, i have shaved off in some cases as many as 5lbs. 5lbs!!!! Now I think my entire setup weighs just over 5 or 6 pounds TOTAL. 2 cameras and 2 lenses. Not too bad. They are sharp and the glass and engineering are up to par. The days of tamron or sigma lenses being 2nd rate glass are over (this is the 1st Tamron lens i have been willing to actually use instead of native glass in over 25 years of shooting) Like i said I feel like this lightweight f2.8 zoom was one of the whole points of mirrorless being invented to begin with. All those fuji cameras years and years ago were popular because they were much smaller and lighter. All that being said. I don't see iBIS in sony cameras being anywhere near optical IS. So if you shoot lots of super low light events and you cant seem to hold your camera still enough, maybe you need the new Gmaster instead. I however have shot several concerts with no problem using ibis with this lens. Hope that helps someone.
My Second One... On purpose!
Always used the Sony 70-200 but I wanted to give Tamron a try. Loved it so much, I sold my Sony and got another Tamron. I slightly miss the little extra zoom, but it is definitely not a deal-breaker. Crisp, clean, great auto focus and I use it for video. Highly recommend! Don't spend thousands more on something like this just to have name brand. This is an exquisite lens.
Amazing for the price
For the price of this lens vs the G master line, I would choose this due to quality of pictures and price.
Sharp lens, but problems with weather sealing
The lens is sharp and is true to most positive reviews you'll find regarding the optical quality when compared with its native counterpart. The problem is with the weather sealing. After the 30 day return policy expired, I began finding dust inside the front element. I've used this lens in non-windy or harsh conditions, and put it in a case I purchased for it after use. Still, dust managed to get inside and is visible in images. It can only be fixed in post processing. I researched this problem and found it is a common thread with Tamron lenses. I'm disappointed in the quality and unfortunately found it only after the B&H warranty expired.
Ok for portraits, bad for landscapes
I've had this lens for a year now, it's performance at mid range distances for portraits is great, even wide open at f2.8 it's sharp and Autofocus with my a7III is great (I have some sony primes which focus faster and more consistently, but honestly the Tamron is still great). As a landscape lens, it's poor quality, maybe it's just my copy of it. zoomed out to 180mm at infinity.. the center is sharp but the edge of the frame, even the mid-frame (not extreme edge) is very very soft... I can even notice when not pixel peeping at 100%. It can get it to improve slightly stopping down to f9.. but it never goes away completely. I'd expect that without complaints from a cheaper super zoom, but not a $1k+ 2.8 like this that was designed in the last few years with the latest optics. I'm straight up disappointed for my use case and will likely trade this in one day.
I bought this mainly for the purpose of shooting my kids playing ice hockey indoor. I used 24-105 F/4 G before, but it doesn't perform very well in low light condition, so I finally bought this Tamron and it really made a big difference due to it's larger aperture. And the image is very sharp with this lens.
Great zoom Lens!
Lightest 70-"200" I've ever owned! Sharp, fast and very nice bokeh! I honestly haven't missed the extra 20mm yet. Silent motor for video AF and portraits are pleasing! Lens hood is a bit tight but I'm guessing because it's still new and needs to be worked in. Used with my A7sIII and A7IV.
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