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

TamronPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Excellent build quality
  • Optical stabilization
  • Fully silent
  • Fast autofocus
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Focus ring could be more rigid


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.



Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following[***]:
The Tamron 70-180 is much superior to the Sony FE 4.5-5.6/100-400 GM OSS. As of November 2020 this Sony lens and the Tamron are priced pretty much the same. If you are mainly shooting sports and you need the most reliable tracking on you Sony A9II this may still be the lens for you – due to lack of better alternatives directly from Sony.
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  • Sharpness and sharpness
  • Good autofocus
  • Compact and compact
  • Not as sharp as other 70-200mm 2.8 lenses
  • Lateral CA (loCA)


Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following[***]:
Sony FE70-200 F2.8 GM (la mise au pointn'test pas parfaitement maintenue en MF lors d'un zoom) Sharpness performances is excellent in all situations on the entire frame Eye AF works perfectly A 1/250 is a min on A7RIV to get tack sharp results for portraits Bokeh and background blur is very good for a zoom The Tamron 70-180mm F 2.8 Di III VXD (1499 euros) is an excellent lens proposed a a very reasonable.
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  • Excellent sharpness on the entire field and entire range at all apertures Very small and light Very reasonable price
  • Very good bokeh and soft background blur Extremely fast, silent and accurate AF
  • Very low level of chromatic aberrations
  • Fully weather s...
  • No optical stabilisation
  • No tripod foot (but you don't need it considering the weight)


Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III strikes the perfect balance between quality, size, and price. It produced excellent results in my test photos, revealing details I hadn't seen before. To truly take advantage of this lens's sharpness consistently, you have to use a high shutter speed, tripod, or both.
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  • Excellent sharpness
  • Excellent build quality
  • Compact and lightweight
  • No manual focus
  • No in-body stabilization


Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD is another quality lens for the Sony system. Like its wider siblings, the 17-28mm and 28-75mm, engineers have managed to deliver a lot of optical quality. Images look great, even on a demanding, high-resolution camera body. The big compromise is optical stabilization, an omission mitigated by camera-based IBIS systems.
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  • Excellent results at f/2.8 aperture and telephoto focal range
  • Excellent build quality
  • Dust and splash protection
  • No optical stabilization
  • Omits fluorine coating


1. ^ Review: Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD. phillipreeve. 2021-01-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD. sonyalpha. 2020-04-09 Retrieved 2021-06-06.
3. ^ Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III review: Top-notch telephoto. digitaltrends. 2020-07-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Review. pcmag. 2020-05-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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