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Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD (A056) Review - Verdict

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0.6 sec | f/16.0 | 135.0 mm | ISO 100

Value For Money

The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens is priced at £1349.

This compares with the following options:

The choice would seem to be between that extra 20mm reach, and whether or not the f/2.8 fast, bright option is required. Weighing things between the three lenses, it leaves the Tamron looking very good value.


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For more options have a look at the Top 39 Best Sony E / FE Mount Lenses, and the Top 17 Best Tamron lenses.


Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Verdict

It might seem a very bold move to step outside the current paradigm and trim that 20mm off the focal length, but the advantages of doing so become immediately obvious when the lens is handled. It is lighter, more compact, the cost is appropriately fair and the optical quality is excellent throughout.

We can then add to that a unique and interesting close focus option in the MF range. There is huge potential in this and it may well be that the lens will be picked up by portrait photographers for this reason. However, it goes beyond that and the creative possibilities are there for all genres of photography.

Overall, in summary we have an excellent lens with some unique bonus properties as well, and another Editor's Choice for Tamron and the 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD.

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Pros

  • Excellent sharpness throughout
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Well-controlled CA
  • Low distortion
  • Unique close focusing effects in MF
  • Light and compact
  • Fast and accurate AF
  • Fair price
  • Moisture-resistant construction
  • Modest vignetting
  • Superb handling

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Cons

  • For some, the loss of 200mm reach

Overall Verdict

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pablophotographer 10 2.0k 423
19 May 2020 5:40PM
Good one Tamron!

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