Tamron is introducing a brand new 70-180mm f/2.Eight zoom lens for the Sony FE full-frame system cameras. We’ve got been in a position to safe the mortgage of a pre-production lens, shoot some pattern photographs and get a really feel for the dealing with of this attention-grabbing new optic.

Mirrorless system cameras do supply the potential for decreasing the dimensions of lenses, and this may increasingly additionally account for Tamron’s resolution to curtail the lengthy finish of the zoom at 180mm, relatively than the extra traditional 200mm or 210mm. The sooner f/2.Eight aperture is retained, and it’s attention-grabbing that the result’s a lens that’s barely shorter and across the identical weight because the lately reviewed Pentax 70-210mm f/4.

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.Eight Di III VXD Key Options

  • 19 parts in 14 teams
  • 810g weight
  • 67mm filter thread
  • Closest focus 0.85m, 33.5 inches, 1:4.6 magnification
  • Particular ultra-close setting at 70mm and in Handbook Focus solely 0.27m, 10.6 inches, 1:2 Magnification
  • Zoom lock swap


Tamron 70-180mm f/2.Eight Di III VXD  Dealing with

0.6 sec | f/16.0 | 60.0 mm | ISO 100

It is a pre-production pattern, however it’s nonetheless extraordinarily effectively put collectively and the general high quality of supplies and building appears to be wonderful. The whole lot works easily and as anticipated, however in fact there might be tweaks and firmware changes earlier than the total launch. Nonetheless, nothing, specifically, presents itself as a glitch or needing additional work and any modifications could also be refined.

It is an attention-grabbing alternative of focal lengths, beginning as anticipated at 70mm however stopping in need of the same old 200mm and as an alternative, providing 180mm on the longest finish. This distinction is refined as effectively, and if it helps to make the lens extra compact then that might effectively be an applicable trade-off. Mixed with the 42MP Sony A7R III physique the mixture goes effectively collectively and is an environment friendly bundle.

Focusing is quick, just about silent and exact and no explicit vices had been revealed through the testing interval. Of most curiosity is maybe the additional characteristic that the lens exhibits when handbook focus is chosen on the digital camera.

1/6 sec | f/16.0 | 68.0 mm | ISO 100

When utilizing AF, the minimal focus is 0.85m, or 33.5 inches, giving us a really cheap most magnification of 1:4.6.

When utilizing MF, on the 180mm finish of the vary the focusing is similar as in AF, but when set to 70mm then an in depth focus of 0.27m, or 10.6 inches, is achievable, giving a most magnification of 1:2, or half life-size. That is pretty much as good as older macro lenses might obtain, though present ones do are inclined to go all the way down to a full1:1, or life-size. 70mm can be a helpful focal size for portraits and the shut focus right here is kind of a bonus.

Though that is an thrilling characteristic, there’s a caveat in that the behaviour of the lens tends in the direction of the type of particular results that we’d anticipate from Lensbaby. On this case, meaning a pointy central core and an outer area that strikes rapidly out of focus. The diploma of impact could be managed by stopping down and the preliminary thought is that it could possibly be an attention-grabbing artistic device for portraiture specifically, though additionally for a lot of different topics. The bokeh impact could be adjusted through the use of numerous apertures, giving additional versatility.


1/4 sec | f/16.0 | 60.0 mm | ISO 100

It’s attention-grabbing that Tamron has included this selection, and it’s a characteristic that makes the lens extra helpful. By the point our focusing distance reaches the usual 0.85m then the picture is sharp throughout the sphere in each AF and MF modes.

The one different characteristic on the lens itself is a zoom lock, offered to stop the lens extending while being carried. In truth, there appears no need for this because the zoom is tight sufficient to not creep. Nonetheless, possibly will probably be crucial if the lens is used extensively and put on and tear begin to take their toll.

In abstract, it is a very likeable and helpful lens and we stay up for receiving a manufacturing pattern in the end and producing our full assessment. In the meantime, we’ve a number of pattern photographs.


Tamron 70-180mm f/2.Eight Di III VXD (A056) Pattern Photographs


Tamron 70-180mm f/2.Eight Di III VXD (A056) Specs

Producer Tamron
Lens Mounts
  • Sony E Mount
  • Sony FE Mount
Focal Size 70mm – 180mm
Angle of View 13.42° – 34.21°
Max Aperture f/2.8
Min Aperture f/22
Filter Dimension 67mm
Stabilised No
35mm equal No Information
Inside focusing Sure
Most magnification No Information
Min Focus 27cm
Blades 9
Components 19
Teams 14
Field Contents
Field Contents Flower-shaped hood, Lens caps
Weight 810g
Peak 149mm

View Full Product Particulars

(function(d, s, id) {
var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
js.src = “http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1”;
fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));

Shop Amazon