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Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD

The 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens has also been mentioned in the press release, although this one’s not going to be coming this year. It’s just a development announcement. So far, there isn’t much information, although Tamron says it will be about half the size of its “known competition” (presumably they’re including all the 70-200/2.8 lenses in that) and have a minimum focusing distance of around 33″ at all focal lengths.

Manufacturer description:

The Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras features a compact and lightweight design, an ideal match for full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The 67mm filter diameter is the same as all other Tamron lenses in this series. The optical design includes several specialized glass elements that contribute to the lens’s superb imaging performance and its very short 33.5 in MOD (Minimum Object Distance) expands overall versatility. The lens adopts Tamron’s newly developed VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism that produces a quiet, quick autofocus drive. Other features that support a great shooting experience include a Moisture-Resistant Construction helpful for outdoor shooting and Fluorine Coating for easy maintenance.

It is expected to ship in Spring 2020.

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Specifications
Primary specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 70–180 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Sony FE
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Aperture ring No
Optics
Special elements / coatings Fluorine coating
Focus
Minimum focus 0.85 m (33.46)
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Linear Motor
Full time manual No
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 815 g (1.80 lb)
Length 149 mm (5.87)
Sealing Yes
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 67 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No
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Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5