Tamron will release the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VC VXD G2, a Sony E-mount large-diameter telephoto zoom lens, in October 2023. The estimated price is $1400.
The 70-180mm F2.8 G2 has evolved further from the large-diameter telephoto zoom “70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056).” This model is newly equipped with Tamron’s unique camera shake correction mechanism VC (Vibration Compensation). This design enables more stable shooting while maintaining the mobility of the smallest and lightest camera in its class.
Smallest and Lightest in E-Mount lineup from Tamron
Like the first Model A056, the 70-180mm F2.8 G2 pursues thorough miniaturization and weight reduction. By setting the telephoto focal length to 180mm and adopting a full-length variable zoom mechanism, it has achieved the smallest and lightest size in its class, even though it has an aperture of F2.8 and is equipped with a VC image stabilization mechanism. (filter diameter φ67mm, maximum diameter φ83mm, length 156.5mm (at 70mm), weight 855g).
Due to this overwhelming mobility, the lens has a good balance with the camera body, making it easy to enjoy large-diameter telephoto zoom photography.
Tamron E-Mount Lens with Zoom range of 70-180mm
The lens configuration is 20 elements in 15 groups. The optical design was reviewed from the ground up, and special glass lenses (XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) lens (1 piece), compound aspherical lens (1 piece), LD (Low Dispersion) lens (3 pieces) were luxuriously and appropriately arranged. GM (glass molded aspherical) lenses (two lenses) effectively suppress chromatic aberration and other aberrations, delivering uncompromising high resolution performance throughout the entire zoom range.
In addition, by adopting BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) coating that suppresses the occurrence of ghost and flare, it is possible to precisely capture the details of the subject even in backlit conditions, giving an overwhelming sense of focus and clear images. enable.
Another feature is the beautiful, soft bokeh that is unique to the large aperture F2.8.
Equipped with VXD
The 70-180mm F2.8 G2 is equipped with the linear motor focus mechanism VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), which was first installed in the first Model A056. While maintaining the highest level of high-speed, high-precision performance in Tamron’s history, the ability to track moving objects such as sports and vehicles that are often targeted with telephoto zoom lenses has been further improved. It is useful not only for still image shooting but also for video shooting.
Furthermore, compared to conventional drive systems, linear motors are less prone to vibration during AF operation and are quieter, making them ideal for still image and video shooting in environments where silence is required.
Tamron’s original image stabilization mechanism VC
The 70-180mm F2.8 G2 is newly equipped with Tamron’s unique image stabilization mechanism VC. It effectively suppresses camera shake that tends to occur when shooting telephoto shots, moving objects, or close-up shots, allowing for stable shooting.
In addition, by suppressing camera shake that tends to occur when handheld shooting in low-light situations such as dimly lit rooms or night scenes, the camera dramatically increases the freedom of handheld shooting.
Additionally, at focal lengths of 100mm or less, AI (artificial intelligence) technology (especially the new tech present in new Sony cameras) can be used to obtain correction effects that are suitable for video shooting.
0.3m at wide-angle end and 0.85m at telephoto end
By optimizing the optical design, the minimum focusing distance at the wide-angle end was successfully shortened from 0.85m of the original Model A056 to 0.3m. This allows the shooter to get one step closer to the subject and take advantage of the soft, beautiful bokeh.
Additionally, the maximum image magnification is an extremely high 1:2.6, allowing unique and powerful images that can only be achieved with this lens.
Tamron Lens Utility Compatibility
The 70-180mm F2.8 G2 can use Tamron’s proprietary software TAMRON Lens Utility and TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile. This makes it possible to customize functions to suit various shooting styles, such as still images and videos.
Convenience and operability
- Lens design with convenience and operability in mind
- Equipped with focus set button and custom switch
- Equipped with zoom lock mechanism
- Simple drip-proof structure and anti-fouling coat to support comfortable shooting
- Compatible with various camera functions such as “Fast Hybrid AF” and “Eye AF” installed in Sony cameras
- Unified filter diameter φ67mm for full-size mirrorless series
Tamron 70-180 f2.8 Sony E-Mount Specifications:
|Angle of view (diagonal angle of view)
||34°21′-13°42′ (when using a 35mm full-frame mirrorless single-lens camera)
||15 groups of 20 pieces
|Minimum shooting distance
|Maximum shooting magnification
||9 pieces (circular aperture)
||Flower-shaped hood, lens cap
||For Sony E mount