Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Coverage/Review/Hands-on/etc…

So far the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD has been pretty well received, but there hasn’t been a lot of coverage. Above Dustin Abbott did a live stream with the Tamron 70-180mm, which I will bullet point below. Also, sonyalpha.blog had some positive words to share in their review.

Sony Alpha Blog


  • Excellent sharpness on the entire field and entire range at all apertures
  • Very small and light
  • Very reasonable price
  • Very good bokeh and soft background blur
  • Extremely fast , silent and accurate AF
  • Very low level of chromatic aberrations
  • Moderate vignetting
  • Very good resistance to flare
  • Fully weather sealed


  • Build quality is good but well below the Sony
  • Color rendition little bit yellowish
  • Not compatible with Sony TC1.4 & TC2.0
  • No button to switch to MF, to set a custom function, to limit focusing range
  • No optical stabilisation


  • Huge distortion between 135mm and 180mm (no lens profile yet available as of April 2020)
  • Lens does extend when zooming and the zoom ring is quite dampened , so no smooth zooming possible in video
  • Does not look “Pro” if your are pro wedding photographer

Read the full review Sony Alpha Blog

Summary of Dustin Abbott’s Live Stream

  • The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD is their largest lens, but it is very light and maintains the 67mm filter thread
  • It zooms out a little, but it is nice and smooth
  • The new included lens hood feels a little more robust, but it doesn’t lock into place
  • No switches on the lens, but a zoom lock
  • Amazing focusing lens
  • Focuses as fast as anything he has ever shot with even at 180mm
  • Min focus to infinity is about instantaneously
  • Super quiet AF
  • Everything you need for wild life, birds, sports, etc…
  • Very accurate AF
  • Fluorine coating on the front
  • He then goes on to review some images, but nothing bad here except maybe IBIS might not be good enough
  • Manual focus action is very slow because of the huge focus throw, but it feels good

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Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8: B&H Photo / Amazon /Adorama
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