After announcing only the development, and after some leaked specs, Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD is now finally here. It’s a telephoto zoom made for Sony full frame cameras, but it’s pretty compact for the lens of its range. It’s pretty cheap too, with the price tag of $549. So, let’s see what it brings to the table.
Like other companies, Tamron also seems to be struggling with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The company has recently confirmed that its two major companies will remain closed throughout 2020. According to a press release, the reason for this decision is “decreased worldwide demand.”
Even thought Tamron has been struggling with lens issues for Nikon and Sony, it looks like that doesn’t stop them from releasing the long-awaited “all in one” lens. After leaked photos and a flyer with some more info, the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD is now officially announced. Preorders are open and it should start shipping soon. And just like we assumed, it’s available for Sony E mount only (at least for now).
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.
Tamron has issued a statement about the compatibility of some of its lenses with the Nikon D6 DSLR. According to the press release, only a couple of lenses are currently known to be affected, although it’s worth pointing out that they don’t say mention that their other lenses have all been tested as fully working. So, there is potential for this list to expand.
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.
There have been rumours and leaks floating around about this lens for a while now, and the development announcement was way back in October, but Tamron has finally officially announced their new 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens for full-frame Sony E mount cameras. And it’s even less expensive than previously thought, listed at a mere $1,199.
The lens is expected to be available in the USA on May 14th, but with Tamron’s usual “we didn’t anticipate this high demand” combined with COVID-19 supply chain and manufacturing issues, we can probably expect delays and limited availability for a while.