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I just pulled the trigger on the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 FE lens, anyone else looking into this lens?

JonathanF2

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I put a bid on Greentoe and got a decent price discount on the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 FE lens, so I decided to buy it! I'll receive it sometime next week. I was somewhat on the fence with this lens, but I liked the idea of the significant lower weight and compact size. I've been so amazed by the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 FE lens, that I decided to give the f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens a chance. Also the 70-180mm has been reviewing very well and Tamron seems more keen on designing lenses that live up to the idea that mirrorless can be compact.

I'll follow up this thread once I receive the lens and just seeing if anyone is thinking or have purchased the lens?
 

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I got the 70-180 f/2.8 a couple of months ago.

I already had the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and went to my local photo store for the 17-28. I wound up walking out with both 17-28 and the 70-180 - and a smoking wallet.

I'm pleased with both so far but I'm not buying anything else for a while.
 

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Thought about going Biro's route with a whole trio (have the 28-75), and it does look like a good lens but I think I might want something a little longer. Undecided at this time.
 

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I am waiting until I begin shooting portraits again... But, if I am still alive when the COVID-19 dies down or when there is an effective vaccine - I plan to switch my Sony 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens for the Tamron 70-180mm.
 
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Why did you wait this long? :) :) It is first 70-180/200 f2.8 lens that I bought. I used to shoot w Canon 135mm f2 due the size of 70-200mm's... Tamron 70-180 is even lighter than Sony 135mm 1.8... f2.8 is good for indoors/low light where 18-200mm has disadvantage on the long end...
 

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Why did you wait this long? :) :) It is first 70-180/200 f2.8 lens that I bought. I used to shoot w Canon 135mm f2 due the size of 70-200mm's... Tamron 70-180 is even lighter than Sony 135mm 1.8... f2.8 is good for indoors/low light where 18-200mm has disadvantage on the long end...

I'm still running a Nikon DSLR kit and have an excellent condition 70-200mm f/2.8 VR-II that's built like a tank, but weighs like one! I haven't been using it as much and I also have the A9 for my Sony kit that would go well with the Tamron 70-180mm, so I think I may just retire the 70-200mm. Though I'll have to compare the two first and then decide! :D
 

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I received my Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 today! I took a quick comparison shot next to the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 lens. Both are sporting my custom neoprene covers:

A9 + 70-180mm f/2.8 FE and A7III + 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6, both w/barrels extended:
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by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

My quick first impressions -

Pros:
- lightweight
- very sharp
- can handle one-handed

Cons:
- plasticky construction
- zoom ring isn't as dampened (compared to the 28-200mm)
- takes 1-2 seconds to initialize IBIS (same as 28-200mm)

Optically this lens is quite impressive. It seems Tamron put all their budget into the optics, while skimping on build and construction! I don't think I would have much confidence using this lens in harsh environments if it wasn't properly covered in neoprene. The zoom ring feels a bit loose compared to the 28-200mm. I'm not sure if that was done on purpose though, to allow a quick zoom response. Compared to my (now sold) 70-200mm f/4 FE, that lens is better constructed and the OSS + IBIS is very responsive. Though, I'd probably still opt for the Tamron 70-180mm for travel purposes. The fast aperture makes a big difference especially in lower light conditions.

I'll shoot with the lens seriously this weekend and post some shots!

Also here's a quick shot of the 70-180mm f/2.8 next to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR-II on a D750:
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by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr
 
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