After the availability of the 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 lens for Sony E-mount, now the Tamron has developed a new full-frame 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD telephoto lens for the Sony E-mount. This new Tamron 70-180 compact lens, despite a significant range of focal lengths, has a length of 149 mm and 81 mm in diameter, and weighing 810 grams.
The Tamron 70-180 lens consists of 19 elements in 14 groups, including one aspherical element, one hybrid aspherical lens, one eXtra low dispersion (XLD) element, five low dispersion (LD) elements, and fluorine-containing lens coatings. The lens has moisture protection, but Tamron does not specify what it can withstand. The aperture diaphragm features a nine-blade design.
Autofocus is driven by the linear focus motor Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive (VXD) from TAMRON. At 70 mm, the minimum focusing distance is only 27 cm for manual focusing. Like other Tamron lenses, the 70–180mm F2.8 has a 68mm front filter thread. Additionally, a floating system is used to achieve excellent optical performance at all shooting distances.
In addition, the Tamron 70-180 mm F/2.8 is fully compatible with various camera-specific features including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF. It provides users with complete portrait-to-telephoto lens range coverage. The highly responsive focus features of the 70-180mm F/2.8 enable following a subject’s movements to provide users with whisper-quiet, high-precision shooting experience, not just for still images but also video.
Furthermore, excellent high image quality across the entire zoom range is enhanced by camera-based distortion and shading correction. Additionally, the bokeh effect obtained using the fast F/2.8 aperture delivers a beautifully smooth and soft transition from the subject to the background. The images created with this lens are emblematic of Tamron’s pursuit to combine supreme compactness with superb image quality.
Price and Availability
The Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD is now available to buy via the Bhphotovideo.com store for $1,199.
Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD Specs
- Focal Length: 70 to 180mm
- Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
- Minimum Aperture: f/22
- Lens Mount: Sony E
- Format Compatibility: Full-Frame
- Angle of View: 34° 21′ to 13° 42′
- Minimum Focus Distance: 10.63″ / 27 cm
- Maximum Magnification: 0.5x
- Macro Reproduction Ratio: 1:2
- Optical Design: 19 Elements in 14 Groups
- Diaphragm Blades: 9, Rounded
- Filter Size: 67mm
- Dimensions: 81 x 149 mm
- Weight: 810 g