I want to thank Tamron USA for working with us and extending the loaner for this review and BEC course. I’m reviewing using my Sony A7III
Rounding out Tamron’s holy trinity of f/2.8 zoom lenses sits the 70-180 f/2.8 Di III VXD which is the longest lens of the trio. Offering the photographer a very versatile focal length range suitable for a variety of shooting situations.
When I was asked to try out this lens provided by Tamron on my Sony A7iii and leave an honest review; I immediately was elated to give this lens a shot. I normally shoot with the Tamron 28-75 G2, so exploring a longer focal length excited me and I couldn’t wait to try something new!
Out of the box.
The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 is a small and light telephoto zoom lens that comes with a plastic lends cap and flower-shaped lens hood – there is no lens bag included. Tamron delivers a stripped-down feature set (meaning no external buttons or aperture ring…) enabling them keep the lens small (3.2 inches wide and 5.9 inches long) and lightweight at only 1.8 pounds. The lens does feature a switch that locks the focal length in place if you find you’d like to stay at a set length for a period of time. I didn’t use this feature as I enjoy the versatility of being able to experiment with different lengths to get more creative shots.
Focusing is fully internal but zooming is not, with the length of the lens changing as you zoom from 70 to 180 mm. The Tamron 70-180 isn’t fully weather-proof but it does benefit from moisture-resistant construction which helps to prevent moisture from penetrating the lens (although I would not recommend shooting in the rain for any length of time). The front element has hydrophobic Flourine coating (basically a water repellant) that is highly resistant to fingerprints and debris. Which is GREAT for a busy family session! Shooting. Using a telephoto lens requires a different way of thinking while shooting. You need to have room to move a