Tamron Unveils Extraordinarily Reasonably priced 70-180mm F/2.8 for Sony E-Mount

After pronouncing the lens as “in construction” way back in October, Tamron has in spite of everything formally unveiled the 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD for the Sony E-mount—a 70-200mm f/2.8 competitor for full-frame mirrorless that prices simply $1,200. That’s lower than part the cost of Sony’s $2,600 70-200mm f/2.8 GM.

The 70-180mm f/2.8 is the 3rd and ultimate lens of Tamron’s quirky model of the so-called “holy trinity” of f/2.8 zooms. We’ve got the 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD, the 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD, and now the 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD. Positive, you lose 20mm at the lengthy finish, however that, claims Tamron, is the place the trade-offs finish.

Tamron is asking this “the lightest and maximum compact f/2.8 telephoto zoom in its magnificence”—a identify it could actually simply declare because of the shorter 180mm most focal duration and its extending zoom mechanism. It makes use of the similar 67mm entrance clear out thread because the 17-28 and the 28-75, weighs in at simply 28.6oz (810g), and measures simply 5.9 inches (149mm) in duration on the 70mm surroundings.

Even the also-collapsible Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 weighs over 1kg, however, in fact, that lens is stabilized whilst the Tamron lens isn’t.

Optically, the lens options 19 lens components 14 teams, together with 1 extra-low dispersion (XLD) component, 5 low dispersion (LD) components, 1 glass-molded aspherical (GM) component, and 2 “hybrid” aspherical components. All of those, paired with the second one era Huge-Band Anti-Mirrored image coating, promise outstanding symbol high quality from edge-to-edge at each and every focal duration, even large open.

In the case of autofocus, the “VXD” within the lens title refers to Tamron’s first ever linear motor: a Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Power motor (VXD) this is allegedly quicker and extra actual than earlier iterations. And the 70-180mm lens in truth makes use of two of those motors operating in live performance to permit for optimum symbol high quality all over the zoom vary, even on the minimal center of attention distance of simply 33.5 inches (~85cm).

In any case, as with the opposite lenses within the Di III lineup, the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 is moisture-resistant, includes a fluorine coating at the entrance component to repel oil and water, and, because the lens does prolong all the way through operation, there’s additionally a zoom lock transfer to stay it from increasing all the way through delivery.

Right here’s a more in-depth take a look at the lens from all angles:

And a couple of pattern photographs from Tamron (click on for upper answer):

Whether or not the lens can compete on efficiency with the G Grasp is but to be observed, however its two brethren within the Tamron holy trinity have inspired reviewers so far, leaving us hopeful. The query is: does its light-weight construct and rock-bottom price ticket make up for the peculiar focal vary and increasing barrel design? That’s for shoppers to make a decision.

As discussed above, the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD will value simply $1,200 when it hits the marketplace. Anticipated availability in america is Would possibly 14th, however Tamron cautions that “the discharge date or product provide agenda might be behind schedule” because of the unfold of COVID-19, so we wouldn’t mark our calendars if we have been you.

To be informed extra, head over to the Tamron website or pre-order yours online.