Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens

Tamron Telephoto SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series

Tamron Telephoto SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series

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Tamron 180mm f/3.5 overview

  • 1Description

Currently the lightest and most compact 180mm macro lens on the market, this lens will provide 1:1 magnification, and the two LD elements included in the design of the lens make sure you get the sharpest quality possible.

An excellent lens for close-up work in the field.

1:1 Magnification
Allows for life-size image on the negative or slide; at a distance of 18.5" (47 cm)
Internal Focus
The lens neither extends nor contracts physically when focusing; all moving elements are contained within the lens barrel
Digitally Integrated design lenses are designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras
Filter Effect Control is designed to rotate the filter to the desired position even with the hood attached. This is accomplished by rotating the FEC ring that in turn rotates the portion of the lens where the filter is mounted
UPC: 725211807025
In the Box
Tamron Telephoto SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Hood
  • Tripod Mount
  • Neoprene custom case with carrying strap
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tamron 180mm f/3.5 specs

    Focal Length 180mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
    Minimum: f/32
    Camera Mount Type Sony A
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
    Angle of View 14°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.54' / 47 cm
    Magnification 1x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes
    Filter Thread 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.3 x 6.5" / 8.38 x 16.51 cm
    Weight 2.02 lb / 920 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.3 x 5.7 x 5.2"

    Tamron 180mm f/3.5 reviews

    180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Lens I use this lens for both macro work and for shooting birds and other wildlife. The 180mm length makes it highly versatile. I always use it handheld on the Sony, as the Steady Shot system in the camera works just fine with this lens. Rather than going on and on about the lens, I will post 2 sample shots I've taken with it. The first shot was taken with the lens alone...handheld at minimum focusing distance, and is a shot of a live dragonfly perched in my yard. The second shot was taken with this lens with a Tamron 2X teleconverter attached to it, and was also taken handheld. Even with the 2x teleconverter attached, I am impressed with the sharpness of the images.
    Date published: 2016-03-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good macro lens I spent countless hours researching for a good macro lens and basically had it narrowed down to the Sigma 70mm, Tamron 90mm and 180mm. I read complaints about how close you have to get with the 70 or 90mm lenses and decided that any extra distance I could place between myself and shy animals and bugs would be nice (this lens is supposed to be able to focus at 18.5 inches). The lens arrived wrapped in a plastic bag (with small packet of desiccant) and placed in the provided lens pouch (and in the original box). The first thing I noticed immediately upon unboxing is the provided lens pouch is not made of neoprene but seems to be made from high quality nylon (possibly 600D or better) and about a 1/4 inch of extra padding was stitched around the entire pouch. I was happy to see this because I really don't think neoprene offers much protection and I can't stand the smell. The case is very well made and has a dual drawstring system to close the lens pouch. Also, it has a nice handle to make carrying easier. Unfortunately, there are no hooks, d-rings or loops to easily attach it to your bag or to attach a shoulder strap. This lens measures about 7.5 inches long with both end caps attached and about 3.5 inches in diameter. Of course, length and diameter will increase if you have the lens hood or tripod mount attached. BTW, the lens hood is huge (which is a good thing) but it will add an extra 4 inches to the length of the lens. I am using this lens with my Sony A57 and upon mounting it to the camera body I noticed it's a little loose. This is something I find very common with Tamron lenses and is worth a 0.25 point deduction from the overall rating. No, the lens is not going to fall off and no, it's not going to break any connection between the lens and the camera, but I think this is something that Tamron needs to address. I will say that this lens has much less movement than my 17-50 and 70-300 Tamron SP lenses. For the price, I would expect a more precise and tighter fit. This lens is made mostly of plastic, but does not feel cheap. The fit and finish is perfect and the large focusing ring is awesome! The focusing ring has a nice rubberized (and textured) band and rotates smoothly in MF mode. One thing I found odd (or at least very different than any other lens I've used) was the absence of a AF/MF switch. Instead, you need to grasp the focusing ring and pull it towards the front of the lens for AF or pull it towards the camera for MF. The ring locks in place nicely and should not move out of AF or MF unless you really want it too. AF performance is definitely lacking (as most reviewers indicated) but it does work and when it locks on, you get a perfect photo. I prefer to use MF because I find controlling the focal point to be much easier and faster. If you switch the lens to AF and the focus is not close, it will cycle through the entire focal range, but if you switch the lens and the focus is close, the lens may focus within a fraction of a second. It really depends on the environment, but overall, I found AF to be lacking and it usually cycles through the entire range which takes a few seconds. This is worth a 0.25 point deduction because it would be nice (in some instances) to have AF that works fast. At the font of the lens, there is another ring that allows for FEC (filter effect control). This allows you to very easily rotate a filter with the hood attached (otherwise you would need to remove the hood, rotate your filter and reattach the hood). I really like this feature (even though I don't use filters) and anyone who uses filters can benefit from this quick and easy way to rotate their filter. The tripod mount is easy to remove/attach due to its hinged design. It fits in a predetermined groove and there are markings on the mount and on the lens itself so you can be sure your camera is square/level. I plan on keeping the mount attached to the lens most of the time because it's comfortable to hold and can rest in the palm of my hand when taking photos without a tripod. I really enjoy taking photos without a tripod simply because I don't have to lug it around and I almost always have a very steady hand. However, for macro shots, it's nice to utilize the stability of a tripod because the slightest movement could cause your photos to turn out blurry or the area you thought was in focus could shift to another area of the image. This is the first lens I've used where I noticed this happening. I actually thought there was something wrong with the lens because I would MF an object and when I was ready to take the photo I would notice it was out of focus. Now that I know what is happening, I have been able to effectively correct this without a tripod. But by all means, if you have your tripod with you, use it. Before I forget, I should mention that this lens features internal focus. This means that the lens barrel does not physically extend or contract when focusing (unlike your typical zoom lens). This feature is nice and can greatly reduce the amount of dust that is capable of making its way into the lens. So far, I've just been able to test the lens on inanimate objects inside my home as we are preparing for winter and it's just too cold outside. I will be taking a trip to the southwest very soon and hope opportunities for some great outdoor macro shots will be presenting themselves. Overall, this lens is great. Optical quality is top notch and so far I have not experienced any issues such as chromatic aberration, vignetting or distortion. 0.25 point deduction for the lens mount 0.25 point deduction for the AF performance Overall rating is 4.5 stars out of 5
    Date published: 2012-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 180mm f3.5 macro lens by Tamron The best macro lens on the market right now.
    Date published: 2009-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp and fast I use this lens with a Sony SLT-A65 and have been very happy with the results. My own tests reveal it to be very sharp with no discernable distortions. The focus ring is smooth and easy-to-use in the manual mode. I rarely use autofocus with this lens, so I can't comment on this feature. The construction seems good, but I treat all lens with care anyway. I would highly recommend this lens to others.
    Date published: 2012-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Macro Lens Cons Slow on autofocus Quality could be better for such a heavy lens Pros Sharp optics IF feature allows focusing without rotating front element Excellent value for the price compared to competitors Good for shooting without disturbing wildlife. The 180mm gives you plenty of distance to fill your frame.
    Date published: 2011-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens Replaces my 100mm Minolta D Macro. Works great, VERY sharp. Love the extra distance it gives me on my Sony DSLR's I use it on both A200 and A850.
    Date published: 2010-06-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Lens! Only received this lens from B&H a couple of weeks ago and used it briefly last weekend. It is a great looking lens, with nice handling, and balancing well on my Maxxum 9 with grip. AF is fast, exposure control accurate, optics sharp. Just a comment: the front element (glass) is very close to the edge of the lens, as opposed to the other three 1:1 macro lenses I own that have a recessed front edge. This leaves the front glass quite exposed to damage. If the hood is on, then it is ok. But when doing insect-macro for example, you need the longer possible clear distance from the subject so that the approaching lens does not scare insects off. In that case you may not want to keep the hood on. A UV/protector-filter may become a necessity in that case (which is not needed on my other macro lenses). Although a filter generally sounds like a good idea, it may drop slightly the quality of the photo. I guess what I am trying to say is that if you have a good quality 1:1 macro lens that carries good multi-coated optics, you need to attach a good quality multi-coated filter on it (which usually is relatively expensive) if you are to maintain the good qualities of the lens optics. Otherwise the quality of the lens only becomes as good as the quality of the attached filter. The only reason I am giving 4 stars is because I haven't used this lens that much yet.
    Date published: 2010-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Telephoto Macro I am currently using this lens with my Sony Alpha 35, and have been getting wonderful results. As it is currently winter, I haven't gotten a whole lot of chances to use this lens in the manner that I wish (taking shots of flowers and insects)but it has worked well while taking pictures of the ice in the Ohio River, rust on a bolt on a local railroad bridge, and my dogs nose. The focus ring operates smoothly, and I am able to use it to easily focus in on my subjects up until the time my dog gets tired of me and takes off. I cannot rate the autofocus as I very rarely use this feature, especially when shooting macro, as I like for my focus to be tack on, and autofocus often chooses a different spot to lock onto than I would. Even when I zoom in on my photo, the image looks sharp, at least as long as I can keep my camera still This brings me to the bad part of this lens. It is heavy. That combined with it being a 180mm lens makes it next to impossible to get a sharp image, even with steady shot turned on. You need a tripod. I had one that I was going to use with this, but it is too flimsy. I have a hard time keeping the camera steady. So my next purchase is going to have to be a sturdy tripod. Why can't photography be a CHEAP hobby? All in all, I think this is a great lens. I have yet to find any faults with it that are due to poor manufacture or design. If you want a big macro lens, I highly recommend this lens.
    Date published: 2013-01-25
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    Designed for use with:

    • Sony Alpha A68
    • Sony Alpha A77 II
    • Sony Alpha A99 II
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