The TAMRON 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 (Model A065) is a fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony full-frame E-mount with astounding portability and superb image quality.
The world’s smallest and lightest1 telephoto zoom in the 70-200mm telephoto zoom class has evolved to G2 level. The TAMRON 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 (Model A065) is a fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony full-frame E-mount with astounding portability and superb image quality.
The 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 (Model A065) is the “G2” 2nd-generation successor to the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056), a lens that won astounding acclaim from the marketplace and has been enjoyed by users around the world. The new model keeps its fast F2.8 aperture, while being newly equipped with TAMRON’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) and offering greatly improved close-up capability. Even with these new features, the lens is the world's smallest size and lightest weight for its class (156.5mm / 6.2in long at wide 70mm end) and weighs just 855g / 30.2oz as a result of its size-minimizing 180mm focal length at the tele end2 versus bulkier 70-200mm lenses. In addition to offering the highest level of mobility, the optical design has been completely revamped from the 1st-generation model to further refine its exceptional optical performance. With the 70-180mm F2.8 G2, TAMRON has pushed both rendering capabilities and miniaturization to the limits. These advancements amplify the joy of capturing the world around you.
The design of the 70-180mm F2.8 G2 has been completely reworked from the ground up to attain uncompromising optical performance throughout the entire zoom range. This new model has an optical construction of 20 elements in 15 groups. The precision combination of multiple special lens elements including an XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion), three LD (Low Dispersion), two GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical lens element further enhances the ability to correct for chromatic and various other aberrations. Additionally, the BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating, TAMRON’s next-generation technology, suppresses ghosting and flare to enable the crisp and clear rendition of images, and assures high resolving power that captures subjects in minute detail. Another feature is the beautiful, soft bokeh that the large F2.8 aperture provides, vastly expanding the breadth of expressive possibilities available to you. From snap photography to portraits and landscapes, enjoy a diverse range of shooting in any situation.
The AF drive of the 70-180mm F2.8 G2 continues to employ the VXD (Voice-coil extreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism that was used for the first time in the 1st-generation Model A056, inheriting the quality and performance it provides. With astoundingly agile performance representing a high mark in TAMRON’s history, this AF system faithfully fulfils the intentions of the photographer to a high degree of precision in steps of 0.005mm, less than one-tenth the width of a human hair. Furthermore, the precise calculations, reworked to update the 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 (Model A067) and 150-500mm F5-6.7 (Model A057), have been applied to further enhance the tracking performance of moving objects such as vehicles and sports action, ensuring you never miss decisive scenes whether shooting still images or video. In addition, the quietness offered by the linear motor system provides nearly silent performance when using the lens in conditions where noise needs to be minimized.
To let you fully enjoy its excellent portability with ease, the 70-180mm F2.8 G2 is equipped with TAMRON’s proprietary VC mechanism. This suppresses camera shake that tends to occur when shooting at the telephoto end or during close focusing, thereby enabling stable shooting results. It's also highly effective when shooting in low-light conditions that often lead to camera shake, like evening and night scenarios or dimly lit indoor scenes. Moreover, using AI technologies, the lens chooses the appropriate compensation characteristics for videography at focal lengths of 100mm or less to powerfully support the inherent optical performance of the lens.
TAMRON has accepted and overcome the challenge of shortening the MOD so that photographers can enjoy greater freedom when composing images. By optimizing the optical design, shooting at close distances that were possible only during manual focusing with the 1st-generation model is now possible when using autofocus with the 2nd-generation 70-180mm F2.8 G2. Compared with its predecessor (Model A056), TAMRON has succeeded in shortening the MOD to 0.3m / 11.8in (at the 70mm end) and 0.85m / 33.5in (at 180mm end). Plus, the working distance at the 70mm end is as close as 12cm (4.7in). This expands the possibilities for expression with a single lens, allowing you to take another step forward or utilize soft, beautiful bokeh in your shots. In addition, with an outstanding maximum magnification ratio at the 70mm end of 1:2.6 and 1:4.7 at the 180mm end, you can create unique and powerful compositions that capture a subject in extreme detail, for example, zooming from a headshot to a small portion of the subject's face.
The 70-180mm F2.8 G2 is compatible with the dedicated TAMRON Lens Utility software (for PC and Android™ 3 OS) that was developed in-house by TAMRON4. TAMRON Lens Utility lets users change lens settings, assign camera body functions, and update to the latest firmware5 when necessary. In addition, when using the mobile version, functions unique to the mobile version can be operated remotely without touching the lens. Users may customize functions for various still photography and videography shooting styles, thereby providing a more personalized and fulfilling shooting experience.
Every individual part of the lens has been reexamined, right down to the fine details, resulting in an enhanced design that updates both operability and the ergonomic considerations. The surface of the lens exterior is shiny and glossy black. Improved abrasion resistance makes the lens harder to scratch and resists fingerprints. Additionally, the grip performance has been improved. The smoothly curved, glossy surface of the brand ring creates a dignified appearance with a design that signifies functional beauty and high quality.
Great things come in compact packages! This lineup* includes other lenses that share the same filter diameter of 67mm. Lenses in this series feature small and light designs ideal for pairing with mirrorless cameras, and the filter diameter of each lens is the same 67mm. In addition to providing excellent portability when carrying multiple lenses, costly Polarizers, ND and other filters can be used interchangeably. Plus, the hassle of looking for different-sized lens caps when switching lenses has been eliminated. In addition to outstanding optical quality, this seemingly small feature lets you enjoy the highest level of convenience across the entire lineup.