I’ve had the opportunity over the past few months to get my greasy hands on some incredibly cool lenses from Tamron. As a long-time slinger of the Sony full-frame mirrorless platform, it’s fantastically nice to see so many companies churning out beautifully made lenses for Sony E-mount which won’t make you choose between having a nice lens or making your montage payment next month.
Tamron sent me the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD to test out and friends, it’s stupid…just absolutely stupid…GOOD. The 70-180mm F/2.8 rounds out Tamron’s line of high-end glass for Sony mirrorless in style; the other two lenses being the estimable 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD and the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD. You can find my video reviews of those slick little lenses here and here.
Being a direct response to the slightly insanely priced Sony 70-200mm F/2.8 OSS, the Tamron 70-180mm brought its A-Game to the table during my tests. I put the brand new VXD autofocus system on trial and put the image stabilization to the test in what could be considered an unorthodox yet revealing way over three days in the Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee. The video is lengthy, weird, shockingly in-depth and offers tons of real-world insights into this new lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras.
There’s a weirdly specific table of contents in the description which will help you navigate to all the goodies you’re after. And if you’re the adventurous sort, snuggle up with your favorite beverage or a nice block of aged Gouda and watch the entire video for a peek into the seldom seen life of an honest to God freelance photographer/writer/dirtbag.