Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 6   
reviewer#45771 date: Oct-7-2021
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200 f2.8 Gm.
price paid:£1249
positive:Light for what it is. Focuses with greater accuracy than my Sony 70-200 F2.8 GM. Excellent image quality throughout the zoom range.
Half the price of the Sony.
negative:Extends during zooming.
comment:Sell your GM, put money back in your pocket and get more in focus shots. It is as simple as that.
reviewer#45707 date: May-19-2021
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 80-200mm f/2.8 APO G
Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 LD Di SP AF IF Macro Lens
price paid:1000 USD (open box)
positive:Extremely sharp through entire range
Fast and accurate AF
Lovely bokeh
Great colors
Lightweight for a lens of this type
negative:None that I've seen yet.
comment:This is a fantastically light and fast lens. Much easier to use for a long day of shooting and as a carry around/hiking lens. The lack of OS doesn't bother me that much as I've not seen it affect my photos at the shutter speeds I use.
reviewer#45622 date: Dec-12-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-200 RXD
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 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
Minolta AF 80-200 F2.8 APO G
Tokina 80-200 AT-X Pro
Vivitar 85-205 F3.8
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
Minolta AF 135 F2.8
Canon EF 135 F2.8 Softfocus
Canon EF 200 F2.8 L USM
Minolta AF 200 F2.8 APO G
Minolta AF 200 F2.8 HS APO G
price paid:undisclosed (new)
positive:Compact
Corner sharpness
Minimal CA
Lack of extraneous controls
Lens Compensation
"Camera-based lens unit firmware updates"
negative:Price
Extending zoom
Pincushion distortion
Misalignment/variation
Small petal hood
15 FPS AF-C limitation
comment:The first copy had an alignment problem which was worse on the wide end. It didn'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. The second copy is better aligned in the center and more consistent across the frame but slightly softer on the right side. It still shows some uneven colored fringing in the center of the frame. "MADE IN VIETNAM"

The wide end is 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.

It is better corrected and sharper at 180 mm than the Minolta AF 200 F2.8 HS APO G and Canon EF 200 F2.8 L USM. The older F2.8 zooms are not close.

The second copy seems to have a much lighter zoom action than the first. It feels better than the Minolta AF zooms, but not quite as light as the Canon EF 70-200 F4L USM.

The voice coil motors occasionally pulse in a loop when they should be holding the focus stationary. It doesn't happen all the time. Maybe a firmware update will address it.
reviewer#45556 date: Jul-29-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200, f2.8
price paid:1200 USD
positive:Small and light
Fast and accurate AF
Sharp corner to corner
Good CA control
Great bokeh
Competitively priced
Good close up performance and hidden “macro mode”
67mm filter thread
negative:No OS
No matching TC
comment:Absolutely love this lens! Perfect for portraits and a great general purpose traveling lens. Extremely sharp even wide open at 180mm. Slightly softer at the shorter focal length. Auto focus is fast and precise, and eye focus works perfectly with my Sony a7iii. This completes my Tamron f2.8 zoom lens trilogy.
reviewer#44539 date: Jun-27-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony FE 70-200 f2.8 GM
price paid:£1300 (new)
positive:Fast accurate smooth AF, as good as it gets.
Top notch IQ as good as first party option.
Compact and light. Great travel/hiking companion.
negative:Lack of controls on the lens. Would be nice if they at least gave AF/MF switch.
comment:I don't really consider 180mm and lack OS as a negative.
I am happy to trade these for keeping the lens as compact as it is.
reviewer#44532 date: Jun-6-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma EX 70-200 1:2.8 II Macro HSM
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Sony FE 4.5-5.6/70-300 G OSS
(+ other lenses with vastly different focal lengths)
price paid:1 489 €
positive:+ Light and compact for F/2.8 lens
+ Fast and accurate AF
+ Good image quality
+ F2.8
negative:- No optical stabilization
- No controls on the lens apart from zoom lock
- Not possible to use with teleconverters
- 180 mm tele-end might feel tad short at times
comment:Affordable (but not exactly cheap) option for a short, fast telephoto zoom. It might feel bit plasticy and spartan in physical features, but image quality is good and compared to any 70-200 mm F2.8 lens this is very light and compact.
reviews found: 6   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.83
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.83

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