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Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 VXD Review
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Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 VXD Review

Tamron is on a roll with some delightful lenses for the Sony E-mount.  It's anyone's guess if it will happen soon, but Tamron has already stated that they built the lenses to work across multiple lens mounts.  So even if this is a review on a Sony camera, this may interest you as a future choice for the RF, Z or L mounts.  Dustin Abbott has completed his extensive review of the Tamron 70-180mm F2.8.  You can watch the video, but here's a short summary as provided by Dustin.

This lens packs a punch in a tinier package.  According to Dustin, the pros and cons are;

Pros;

  • Significantly smaller and lighter than competing lenses
  • Weather sealing 
  • Amazingly fast and highly accurate autofocus
  • High levels of sharpness across the frame
  • Good color rendition
  • Good chromatic aberration control
  • Good bokeh
  • Competitively priced
  • Good close up performance and hidden “macro mode”
  • Shares a 67mm filter thread with whole Tamron FE lineup

Cons;

  • 20mm shorter focal length than competing lenses
  • In Body Image Stabilization not as effective as Lens IS in longer focal lengths
  • No physical controls (switches, buttons) that competing lenses have
  • Not designed for work with teleconverters?

Conclusion;

Outside of the standard zoom (24-70mm, or 28-75mm in Tamron’s FE offering), there is no lens more indispensable for professional work than the 70-200mm focal length (or 70-180mm here) and a large maximum aperture of F2.8.  A lens like this allows you to shoot portraits, weddings, or events, some sports, and any number of everyday subjects.  Tamron has managed to reinvent this popular lens with a smaller, lighter, and yet high performing lens in the Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 VXD for Sony full frame mirrorless.  It is very sharp from F2.8. It has incredibly fast, accurate autofocus, that helps to deliver images with beautiful subject isolation and nice looking bokeh.   

There are few vulnerabilities here.  The missing 20mm is actually not a big deal in everyday use, and the elimination of the focus breathing issue of the G2 lens means that at many focus distances the 180mm doesn’t really behave any differently than Tamron’s last 200mm lens!  The lens isn’t as feature rich as competitors, but it delivers on the most important elements of focus and optical performance, so I suspect there will be many willing to forgive a few missing switches or buttons.  I’ve done my best to investigate whether or not the lens works with teleconverters, but at the moment, I’ll have to leave that as inconclusive.

Read Dustin's entire review here


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