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Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens for Sony E

BH #TA7018028E • MFR #AFA056S-700
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Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Six Low Dispersion Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
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.
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Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Overview

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.

Versatile telephoto zoom is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 105-270mm equivalent focal length range.
Bright constant f/2.8 maximum aperture affords consistent brightness throughout the zoom range and offers improved control over depth of field.
Six low dispersion elements, including both XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) designs, greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range in order to realize improved clarity and color accuracy.
Three aspherical elements, including both glass-molded and hybrid types, help to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for high sharpness and accurate rendering throughout the zoom range.
BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating has been applied to individual elements in order to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting to achieve greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
Two VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motors deliver impressively quiet, quick, and precise focusing performance to suit both stills and video applications. This focusing system offers a minimum focusing distance of 2.8' at all focal lengths, and a 1:4.6 maximum magnification at the 180mm focal length for working with close-up subjects. Full-time manual focus override is also possible, and it is compatible with Sony's Direct Manual Focus function or fine-tuned manual control.
Two VXD units work in conjunction with a floating elements system to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range.
When working with manual focus at the 70mm focal length position, it is possible to focus as closely as 10.6" with a 1:2 maximum magnification ratio, however peripheral image quality may be reduced.
A moisture-resistant construction benefits this lens' use in inclement conditions, and a fluorine coating has also been applied to the front lens element to protect against dust, dirt, and smearing.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
Zoom Lock switch prevents unwanted barrel extension during transportation.
UPC: 725211560012

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Specs

Focal Length70 to 180mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View34° 21' to 13° 42'
Minimum Focus Distance10.63" / 27 cm
Maximum Magnification0.5x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:2
Optical Design19 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.19 x 5.87" / 81 x 149 mm
Length at Maximum Extension7" / 177.7 mm
Weight1.78 lb / 810 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.725 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.3 x 6.3 x 5.7"

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Reviews

Sharp and light

By Ilia
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-30

The lens is very sharp and light (but you already know that from 100s of reviews). I don't miss the 200mm focal range, 180mm is more than enough for travel/portraits. Lack of in-lens Image Stabilization means you have to be very careful and brace the camera in order to get decent results at 1/50-1/200s. Exceptional value at less than half the cost of Sony.

Tamron Medium telephoto

By James M
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-27

Images are crisp at all zoom ranges. I dont see any fringing or vignetting. Especially impressive is close focus, and at 70 mm image size is 1/2 for closest focus, not much more extending through the zoom range

lighter than sony new one

By kai
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-17

Ok so the sony new 70-200 is 400 gram lighter than version I. But this tamron is still 200 lighter then the Sony new one. That how light this lens is. Crazy. To me well worth the trade of 20mm on long end.

Great lens for the price

By Kipp
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-17

Lightweight which is perfect for hiking. Sharp pictures. 1/3 the price of the new Sony 70-200.

Great well-priced lens

By Rebecca
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-08

Using this for sports. It's larger than you'd think but still portable. Weighs little for the size. Would absolutely recommend for the sports videographer-the non-variable aperture makes it amazing.

Great well-priced lens

By Rebecca
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-03

Using this for sports. It's larger than you'd think but still portable. Weighs little for the size. Would absolutely recommend for the sports videographer-the non-variable aperture makes it amazing.

Fantastic Lens

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-01

Great for my needs! Sharp images, the 2.8 is buttery and it's not a massive lens for its focal range. Really enjoy shooting with this.

Good lens only if you don't need the macro feature

By David
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-28

The lens advertises a maximum magnification ratio of 0.5x which is the highest of any lens in this class. There is a catch, however in that between 0.21x and 0.5x magnification can only be achieved in manual focus mode. In auto focus mode the minimum focus distance is 33.5 inches which only gives 0.21x magnification at 180mm. While the specs give the minimum focus distance at 10.63 inches, that is only in manual focus mode and only at 70mm. The front of the lens is only a couple inches away from the subject at this distance. Also, the image at maximum 0.5x magnification is blurry around the edges and practically unusable. Other than the close-up issues the lens performs well as a standard telephoto zoom, however I specifically wanted it for the 0.5x magnification.

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