DPRTV: Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE Review

DPRTV released their lens review for the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE. Below is a summary of the video:

  • Very compact professional telephoto lens
  • 67mm front filter threat matches the other Tamron zooms
  • Almost half the weight of the G master
  • Big savings in size also
  • G master had OIS, but the Tamron does not
  • Not all Sony lenses have IBIS so this could be a negative
  • Lens-based stabilization for telephoto is more affective
  • The Tamron’s performance depends largely on the body you use
  • Weather sealed and pretty good rugged construction
  • Zoom ring in the front and MF ring behind it, which can be hard to get used to
  • Very sharp lens that can handle a7RIII a7RIV no problem
  • Sharp wide open and the corners hold up well
  • If you’re up close make sure you focus on the corner specificity
  • f/5.6 is great sharp across the lens
  • f/2.8 constant is good for indoor sports and portraiture
  • It looks like it could take a teleconverter in the future for this lens that would give you more versatility
  • Don’t really like the bokeh of this lens and specular high lights are a little busy for his liking
  • Mechanical vignetting
  • LOCA well controlled
  • Pretty good macro capabilities
  • 70mm has 1:2 reproduction
  • Jordon isn’t thrilled about the video
  • MF isn’t linear so you can do repeatable focus pulls
  • There is a little bit of lens breathing
  • Lack of stabilization will affect video
  • AF is very fast and very quiet that can easily deal with sports and wildlife
  • Average sun star results at best
  • Very impressed with flare/glade and minimal ghosting
  • Tamron has been doing a great job with their new mirrorless lenses

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