Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III (A056) Review Rundown

Tamron | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Tamron A056
  • Lightweight and compact
  • 1:2 macro mode
  • Optical stabilization
  • 2-blade aperture
  • Omits manual focus

Summary

The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III is a new take on a pro-level, constant-aperture telephoto zoom. Its focal range is a bit shorter than the typical 70-200mm, but Tamron's goal was to make a well-balanced lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens has the strongest vulnerability to veiling flare and ghosting if the sun is placed at the edge of the frame without the lens hood.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from Phillipreeve have found the following[***]:
The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III RXD was kindly provided free of charge by Tamron Germany for reviewing purpose for a duration of 8 weeks. There is neither a focus hold button nor an AF/MF switch to be found on the lens but there is a zoom lock lever for the 70mm setting. At the long end, this lens performs just a tad worse than at 70mm. Center and midframe are already extremely sharp wide open, corners are just a bit behind and show a little bit of astigmatism.
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Pros[**]
  • High field curvature
  • Very sharp
  • Optical stabilization
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons[**]
  • Omits focus hold button and AF/MF switch
  • Visible chromatic aberration at 70mm

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III is a new take on a pro-level, constant-aperture telephoto zoom. The focal length is a bit shorter than the typical 70-200mm, but Tamron's goal was to make a well-balanced lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The focus ring feels very smooth and provides a satisfying manual focus experience.
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Pros[**]
  • Sharp f/2.8 for full-frame mirrorless cameras
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Stabilized focus ring
Cons[**]
  • Omits manual focus

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The FE 70-200mm features internal zoom, so it doesn't get longer as you change the focal length. When the lens is set to autofocus it can lock on to objects as close as 2.8 feet (85cm) from the image sensor. The lens doesn't include any sort of optical image stabilization.
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Pros[**]
  • Sharp f/2.8 aperture
  • Optical stabilization
  • Dust, splash, and fluorine protection
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons[**]
  • Omits optical stabilization
  • Relatively small zoom ring

references

  1. 1. ^ Review: Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD. Phillipreeve. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III review: Top-notch telephoto. Digitaltrends. 20 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Review. Pcmag. 26 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  5. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  6. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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