Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#45622 date: Dec-12-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Tokina AF 35-200 SD
Minolta MD 50-135 F3.5
Sigma 50-150 F2.8 EX DC HSM II
Sony DT 55-200 SAM
Vivitar 70-150 F3.8
Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 EX DG APO
Vivitar S1 70-210 F3.5 I & II
Sony FE 70-200 F4 G OSS
Canon EF 70-200 F4 L USM
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Tokina 80-200 AT-X Pro
Vivitar 85-205 F3.8
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
price paid:900 USD (new)
positive:Compact
Corner sharpness
Minimal CA
negative:Price
Heavy, extending zoom
Pincushion distortion
Misalignment/variation
Small petal hood
comment:This copy had an alignment problem that is worse on the wide end. It doesn't match the MTF charts at all which show it too be very sharp wide-open on the wide-end. Even with that problem it is a very good lens. "MADE IN VIETNAM"

The wide end is much wider than the Canon 70-200 F4L or Minolta 70-210 F4. It matches the long end of the Sony FE 28-70 OSS well. The focal length decreases quite a bit with close focus.

The zoom action is decent, but it is much heavier than the internal zooming zooms. It handles more like a heavy kit zoom.

Outside of the softness wide-open in center the image quality is better than the inexpensive primes or the older zooms. A better aligned copy should be an excellent landscape lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.25
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.75
  • overall: 4.65
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