The non-photographers might want to skip this blog post as it is a fairly detailed Tamron 70-180 v Canon 70-200 lens review for Sony E-mount cameras. There have been lots of reviews comparing the new Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD (A056) against the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS (SEL70200GM) and Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS (SEL70200G) zoom lenses. These reviews are great, but I feel there’s a bit of gap as they assume you already have one of the big white Sony zoom lenses. I know many people that have switched to Sony over the last few years from Canon who have held onto some of their Canon lenses to use with an adapter. With the Sony 70-200 f2.8 currently costing £2149.00 quite a few I know have held onto their Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens, put off by the huge cost of the Sony equivalent. This was definitely the case for me.
Although Tamron seems to be getting ready to release more lenses, they look like they’re already having a tough time with their existing ones. Not long ago they released an advisory over compatibility between two of their F mount lenses and the Nikon D6. Now another advisory has surfaced for their new 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens for Sony E mount.
According to DPReview, a number of lenses were shipped from the factory without proper calibration of the internal floating elements, potentially resulting in a loss of image quality. And this is something that you can’t fix yourself with a firmware update and a dock. You’ll have to send it in to Tamron.
I have been using the new Tamron 70-180 for almost a week now, and I have fallen in love with the lens. It took a few days of trial and error for me to feel confident with a long lens and autofocus, but it was worth the effort. I almost exclusively shoot landscape with a wide angle so this experience was like stepping into a new and foreign world.
A few days ago, we shared that Tamron is about to release a 70-180 f/2.8 Sony lens. I received a pre-production sample of the Tamron 70-180 a few days ago, and here are some real-world sample photos that are taken with this lens. All photos are shot with the Sony a7riii.
Even though this is a pre-production unit I am very impressed by its performance. The 70-180 is light, sharp and colors are nice. It’s actually trending as a top seller right now at B&H, and I can see why.