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Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD Full-Frame Lens (2020)

Neoscore 60%NEX score 77%

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Product Overview

Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD is a full-frame telephoto zoom lens with constant f/2.8 aperture for Sony's E-mount mirrorless system. It completes Tamron's "holy trinity" set of f/2.8 professional zooms with the 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III and the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III.
True to Tamron's commitment to usability, this 70-180mm F/2.8 lens uses the same 67mm filter thread found on other Tamron lenses for the E-mount. Being an external zoom, unlike other f/2.8 telephoto lenses for the E-mount, the Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III offers more flexibility, too.
This lens features Tamron's new VXD linear motors that deliver high autofocus performance and precision. Among the 19 optical elements inside, there are six XLD and LD elements and three GM and hybrid aspherical elements: with Tamron's BBAR-G2 coating, it delivers good aberration-suppression, flare-resistance, and distortion correction.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 60% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Sound build quality
  • Fast autofocus
  • Very sharp
  • Zoom lock prevents zoom creep
  • Weather-sealed
Cons
  • Not the most solid zoom mechanism

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Good autofocus
  • Excellent results at f/2.8 aperture and telephoto focal range
  • Compact and lightweight
Cons
  • Not as sharp as other 70-200mm 2.8 lenses
  • No optical stabilization
  • No in-body stabilization
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Omits fluorine coating
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Form Factor
Telephoto Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Motor
Linear Motor
Optical Formula | Special Glass
Fluorine coating groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
67 mm / 2.64 in
Size | Length
149 mm / 5.87 in
Weight
815 g / 28.80 oz

Function

Angle Of View
34.4° Diagonal | 28.8° Horizontal | 19.5° Vertical (wide) ~ 13.7° Diagonal | 11.4° Horizontal | 7.6° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
70 mm ~ 180 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom (zoom lock available)

Performance

Min Focus Distance
850 mm / 33.46 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2019-10-23
Model Name
A056

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharpness and sharpness
  • Good autofocus
  • Compact and compact
Cons
  • Not as sharp as other 70-200mm 2.8 lenses
  • Lateral CA (loCA)

sonyalpha[2]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • 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...
Cons
  • No optical stabilisation
  • No tripod foot (but you don't need it considering the weight)

cameralabs[3]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
At 180mm focal length the lens focuses in around 0.8 sec from infinity to 1.88m (1:10 magnification), which is not very fast and a bit slower than the Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS at 0.7 sec. The zoom ring turns through 65 degrees the way Sony users are used to and has a 49mm wide rubber surface with a good grip. It turns with medium resistance and can hardly be operated with one finger.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharpness at 180mm focal length
  • Optical stabilization
  • Compatible with Sony A7R II
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy
  • No manual focus

digitaltrends[4]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Excellent build quality
  • Compact and lightweight
Cons
  • No manual focus
  • No in-body stabilization

pcmag[5]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent results at f/2.8 aperture and telephoto focal range
  • Excellent build quality
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • No optical stabilization
  • Omits fluorine coating

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Review: Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-tamron-70-180mm-f-2-8-di-iii-vxd/. 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/04/09/tamron-70-180mm-f2-8-di-iii-vxd/. 2020-04-09. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
3. ^ Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/tamron-70-180mm-f2-8-di-iii-vxd-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-27.
4. ^ Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III review: Top-notch telephoto. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/camera-lens-reviews/tamron-70-180mm-f28-di-iii-review/. 2020-07-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/tamron-70-180mm-f28-di-iii-vxd. 2020-05-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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