16 May First Impressions: Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD

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Tamron has made some waves with their lineup of compact, and lightweight, yet high quality zoom lenses for Sony E-mount, offering excellent performance in a small package at a price point significantly lower than the native Sony options.  The final piece of this puzzle is the brand new 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD.  This has been a highly anticipated lens due to its combination of fast aperture, small size and reasonable cost, and it finally is available for Sony shooters.  I have one in my possession at the moment, and while I’ve only had a very short time to test it out, I thought I’d share my first impressions of the lens.  My full review will come a bit later, once I’ve had a chance to put it through its paces properly.

The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD on the Sony A7R IV

In the Hand

The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 is a unique lens.  Like the other two f/2.8 zooms, the focal range is a bit different than what has become to be standard in the photography world, and sacrifices a little bit of reach at the long end to maintain its small size.  I believe the main motivator behind the slightly shorter telephoto end is to keep the filter size at 67mm, thus a single set of filters can be shared by all three f/2.8 Tamron zooms.  The lens is a little beefy in diameter, a consequence of the constant f/2.8 aperture, but in

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