Tamron Unveils 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens For Sony E-Mount

Tamron has announced a new addition to the companies range of fast f/2.8 lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame. The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD utilises a compact and light-weight design that makes it easy to carry and an ideal travel companion.

The lens features a newly developed VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torqueDrive) linear motor focus mechanism which produces an autofocus drive that is quieter and quicker than ever before making it ideal for fast moving subjects and also great for video.

The new high-speed telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame E-mount cameras priced at $1,199. Check availability  at Adorama and B&H.

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 FE Lens price will be less than half of the Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM lens.  More details after the break!

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens  Specifications:

Model A056
Focal Length 70‐180mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
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 Φ67mm
Maximum Diameter Φ81mm
Length** 149mm (5.9 in)
Weight 810g (28.6 oz)
Aperture Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)***
Minimum Aperture F/22
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Sony E-mount

Construction of the 70-180mm VXD lens includes several special lens elements that contribute to its superb imaging performance. The very short 0.85m MOD (Minimum Object Distance) expands its overall versatility as well, making it great for close up’s too. Its 67mm filter diameter is also common with other Tamron lenses for Sony E mount full-frame cameras, adding to user convenience when having a range of Tamron lenses in this series.

Other features that support a great shooting experience include Moisture-Resistant Construction for added weather protection and Fluorine coating to the front element for easy maintenance. In addition, the 70-180mm F/2.8 is fully compatible with various camera-specific features including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF.

Developed under the concept of ‘making large aperture zoom lenses user-friendly’, the70-180mm f/2.8 provides users with a great portrait & telephoto option to complement the existing 17-28mm f/2.8 RXD wide-angle zoom and the 28-75mm f/2.8 RXD standard zoom lens.

Tamron also has three compact F2.8 prime lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. These ‘Di III OSD M1:2’ lenses come in three focal lengths: a 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:224mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2, and 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 lens.

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