Tamron has announced the development of the 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD telephoto zoom lens for Sony full-frame E-mount.
The lens will weigh just 815g (1.8lbs) which is extremely light compared to the 1480g (3.26 lbs) that Sony’s own FE 70-200 F2.8 GM lens weighs in at.
At 149mm (5.9″) in length (most likely at 70mm) it’s a full 51mm shorter than the Sony 70-200 F2.8 GM. It also uses the same same 67mm filters as the two other popular Tamron lenses: the 17-28mm F2.8 and 28-75mm F2.8.
The minimum focus distance is just 0.85m (33.5 in) and there’s also a newly developed VXD linear motor focus mechanism. Tamron says that the lens is moisture-resistant and has a fluorine coating.
With the success of the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD (Amazon, Adorama) and the Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD (Amazon, Adorama) there is little doubt that this lens will be very popular and will certainly bite into the sales of Sony’s own FE 70-200 F2.8 GM lens (Amazon, Adorama) and also their FE 70-200 F4 G lens (Amazon, Adorama).
Tamron says that the 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD will be available in Spring of next year.
Press release text here.