Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD

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  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Constant F/2.8 aperture across entire zoom range
  • Six Low Dispersion Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • VXD linear motor focus mechanism
  • 0.85m (33.5″) close focusing
  • 67mm filter thread
  • Moisure-resistant construction, fluorine coating & zoom lock switch

Developed under the concept of creating more user-friendly large aperture zoom lenses, the new Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD Lens for Sony FE offers just that. This lens features a compact and lightweight design while bringing the creative freedom of a large f/2.8 aperture to the discerning photographer. Its very short 0.85m (33.5 in) MOD (Minimum Object Distance) expands overall versatility. The 70-180MM F2.8 Di III VXD Sony FE sports the same 67mm filter threads as the rest of Tamron's "Dream Team" high-speed zoom lenses - a key advantage of this series is their portability and bright apertures. Currently, this series includes lenses such as the ultra-wide 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III VXD and the high-performance standard zoom 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD.

Designed for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, this lens provides users with complete portrait to telephoto lens range coverage, spaning a useful short-telephoto to mid-telephoto range. Its optical construction includes several special lens elements for overall superb imaging performance. Among them are, low dispersion and aspherical elements used to correct a variety of aberrations and a BBAR-G2 coating to reduce flare and ghosting for high contrast and colour accuracy expected of Tamron lenses.

The lens utilizes Tamron’s newly developed VXD (Voice coil eXtreme torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism, which delivers notably fast, accurate, and quiet focusing performance. Not only is the autofocus drive quieter and quicker than ever before, but full-time manual focus control is also available. Additionally, a floating system is used to achieve excellent optical performance at all shooting distances. By simultaneously operating two VXD units via electronic control, the system produces clear and sharp images of all objects near and far.

Other features that support a great shooting experience include Moisture-Resistant Construction for added weather protection and Fluorine Coating for easy maintenance - enabling shooting in most conditions and protection against fingerprints and smudging. In addition, the 70-180mm F/2.8 is fully compatible with various mirrorless camera-specific features including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF.

Key Features of the Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD Lens for Sony FE

  • Minimum Object Distance of just 0.85m across the entire zoom range for powerful close-ups.
  • VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear focus motor mechanism with two motor units offers stunningly fast and accurate auto-focusing for both stills and video applications.
  • Versatile telephoto zoom is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras.
  • Bright constant f/2.8 maximum aperture for consistent brightness throughout the zoom range.
  • For improved clarity and colour accuracy, the lens uses six low dispersion elements, including both XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) designs, to greatly reduce colour fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range.
  • Ensuring high sharpness and accurate rendering throughout the zoom range. Three aspherical elements, including both glass-moulded and hybrid types, reduce spherical aberrations and distortions.
  • BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating applied to individual elements suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting to achieve greater contrast and colour fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
  • The two VXD units work in conjunction with a floating elements system to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range.
  • A moisture-resistant construction allows use in inclement conditions, and a fluorine coating has also been applied to the front lens element to protect against dust, dirt, and smearing.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
  • A zoom lock switch prevents unwanted barrel extension during transportation.

VXD Linear Motor Focus Mechanism | Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive

Tamron’s first-ever linear motor AF drive focus mechanism called VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) ensures stunningly fast and accurate auto-focusing. The floating system uses two high-speed, high-precision VXD units with advanced electronic control for fast and precise AF performance.

Advanced Optical Construction

Optically, the lens features 19 lens elements 14 groups, including 1 extra-low dispersion (XLD) element, 5 low dispersion (LD) elements, 1 glass-moulded aspherical (GM) element, and 2 “hybrid” aspherical elements. All of these, paired with the second generation Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coating, promise exceptional image quality from edge-to-edge at every focal length, even wide open.

Made for mirrorless

Tamron’s new 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD is compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to mirrorless cameras including:

  • Fast Hybrid AF
  • Eye AF
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
  • In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)
  • Camera-based lens unit firmware updates

*Features vary by camera. Please consult your camera’s instruction manual for details

Compact & Versatile

Tamron is calling this “the lightest and most compact f/2.8 telephoto zoom in its class” - and with its 180mm maximum focal length and its extending zoom mechanism, it offers just that. It uses the same 67mm front filter thread as the 17-28 and the 28-75, weighs in at just 810g, and measures just 149mm in length at the 70mm setting.

Moisture-resistant and 'smudge-proof'

Finally, as with the other lenses in the Di III lineup, the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 is moisture-resistant, features a fluorine coating on the front element to repel oil and water, and, since the lens does extend during operation, there’s also a zoom lock switch to keep it from expanding during transport.

  • MPN - TM-A056SF
  • GTIN - 4960371006680

What's In The Box

  • TAMRON 70-180MM F2.8 Di III RX Sony FE
  • Flower-shaped lens hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
Model A056
Focal Length 70-180mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Minimum Aperture F/22
Angle of View (diagonal) 34°21'-13°42' (for full-frame mirrorless format)
Optical Construction 19 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Object Distance AF: 0.85m /33.5 in (Full zoom range)
MF: 0.27m /10.6 in (WIDE), 0.85m /33.5 in (TELE)*
Maximum Magnification Ratio AF: 1:4.6, MF: 1:2 (WIDE) / 1:4.6 (TELE)*
Filter Size 67mm
Maximum Diameter 81mm
Length** 149mm (5.9 in)
Weight 810g (28.6 oz)
Aperture Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)***
Compatible Mounts Sony E-mount