Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 vs Sony 70-200 f/2.8 and f/4 Comparison

Richard Wong compared the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 vs Sony 70-200 f/2.8 and f/4 and was impressed with the Tamron. Below is a summay of the above video:

  • 70-200mm f/2.8 better for low light and shallow depth of field
  • 70-200 f/4 is much smaller so you are likely to take it with you
  • Tamron 70-180mm tries to be the best of both worlds
  • The 70-180mm is a very compact and light lens
  • It is about half the weight of the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 and it is even lighter than the f/4 by 30g
  • The Tamron 70-180mm is very well priced at half the price of the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8
  • The Tamron is smaller than both of the Sony lenses
  • Tamron is more plastic than the Sonys
  • Tamron’s zoom lock is sturdy
  • The Sony lenses have a few extra features like a tripod collar, OIS, focus limiter, switches, and some extra programable buttons
  • Tamron extends when you change the focal length, but the Sony’s do not
  • Sony has a stronger build quality, but the Tamron is so much cheaper than most should not care
  • The Tamron 70-180mm has very fast AF, but not as fast as the Sony
  • The Tamron tracks very well
  • At f/8 the Tamron can look out of focus when taking a picture, but it is in focus
  • Works well with the Techart adapter on Nikon Cameras
  • There is a noticeable difference between 200mm and 180mm that you can just make up for with cropping if necessary
  • The Tamron is sharp wide open at 70mm f/2.8 wide open with slightly better contrast than the Sony
  • The Sony is slightly sharper at the corners at f/2.8, but at f/4 the Tamron is a little sharper
  • Tamron has the sharpest corners at f/5.6
  • The f/4 doesn’t compete
  • Max focal length 180mm vs 200mm at f/2.8 the Tamron is very similar to the Sony in the center but Tamron is much sharper in the corners
  • Max focal length 180mm vs 200mm at f/4 in the corners the Tamron is much sharper than the Sony still
  • Tamron at 180mm is even sharper than the Sony in the corners when the Tamron is at f/2.8 and the Sony f/4
  • Sony can’t compete with the Tamron at long focal lengths regardless of aperture
  • Distortion at 70mm both the Sony and Tamron have distortion with the Sony having more
  • Distortion at 135mm the Tamon has some distortion, but the Sony has none
  • At the Maximum focal length, all 3 lenses have some pincushion distortion with the Tamron having slightly more
  • Tamron has some vignetting at 70mm f/2.8 which goes away at f/4
  • The Tamron has the best vignetting performance of the 3 lenses at 70mm
  • The Sony 70-200mm f/4 has the worst vignetting at 70mm and 200mm
  • Tamron at 180mm has some vignetting wide open but it goes away completely by f/5.6
  • Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 has similar vignetting to the Tamron at 180mm f/2.8
  • All 3 have ok bokeh
  • Tamron has the best flare and ghosting performance but all 3 are good
  • Tamron has the best Chromatic aberration control but all 3 are good
  • Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 and Sony 70-200mm f/4 have minimal focus breathing, but the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 has a lot
  • Tamron isn’t just good for the price, but it is just as good as the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 if not better even if it is a little plastic
  • When comparing the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 to the Sony 70-200mm f/4 you should pick the Tamron hands down

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Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
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