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70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD Tamron Lens
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    Main features

    • 19 elements form 14 groups, including a molded aspherical element, a hybrid aspherical lens, one extra low dispersion element, and five low dispersion elements
    • Fluorine coating
    • Nine blade aperture creates pleasing, smooth bokeh
    • 0.85m min focusing
    • 67mm filter diameter, same as all other Tamron lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras.
    • Superb optical performance and MOD of 5 in. for a broader range of photographic versatility.
    • Extremely quiet and fast newly developed VXD linear motor focus mechanism.
    • Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating contribute to a comfortable, user friendly photographic experience.
    • Compatible with various camera-specific features including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF
    • 815 g
    • 149 mm long
    • Comes with hood

    Tamron announces the development of a new high-speed telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras, the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056). Availability of this new zoom is planned for Spring 2020. The lens will be on display at the upcoming Photo Plus Expo in New York City this week and Salon de la Photo in Paris next month.

    Developed under the concept of “making high-speed zoom lenses user-friendly,” Model A056 features a compact and lightweight design, an ideal match for full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The 67mm filter diameter is the same as all other Tamron lenses in this series. The optical design includes several specialized glass elements that contribute to the lens’s superb imaging performance and its very short 33.5 in MOD (Minimum Object Distance) expands overall versatility. The lens adopts Tamron’s newly developed VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism that produces a quiet, quick autofocus drive.

    Other features that support a great shooting experience include a Moisture-Resistant Construction helpful for outdoor shooting and Fluorine Coating for easy maintenance. In addition, Model A056 is fully compatible with various camera-specific features including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF. This new model joins the 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046) and the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) and brings Tamron’s total of F/2.8 zoom lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras to three.

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  • From SAR

    We received some credible info about the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 FE. The lens shipment is scheduled to start in march 2020.

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  • Expected EU price can be around 1150 EUR.

  • Lens can be delayed now due to big market uncertainly.

  • Some rumors about performance

    • MTF is better in all zoom range compared to best 70-200mm lenses
    • focus motor is silent and very quick, aimed at photo shooters
  • EU prices

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  • Le 70-180 mm f/2,8 présente une construction compacte (149 mm) et légère (810g) avec un diamètre de filtre de 67 mm, identique aux autres zooms de la série FE 67 mm, le 17-28 mm f/2,8 et le 28-75 mm f/2,8 et les focales fixes 20, 24 et 35mm f/2,8. La construction optique comprend plusieurs éléments de verre spéciaux qui contribuent à la haute qualité d'image de l'objectif. Sa distance minimale de mise au point de 0,85 m seulement, étend la polyvalence globale du 70-180 mm. L'objectif bénéficie du moteur d'autofocus VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-Torque Drive) nouvellement développé par Tamron qui produit un entraînement de mise au point automatique linéaire plus silencieux et plus rapide que jamais. Il possède une construction tout-temps pour une protection supplémentaire contre les intempéries et un revêtement au fluor pour un entretien facile.

    Il est entièrement compatible avec diverses fonctionnalités propres aux Sony FE comme le Fast Hybrid AF et le Eye AF.

    Série FE 67 mm : conçue pour l'hybride

    Tamron présente désormais une gamme cohérente et homogène de 6 optiques pour Sony FE au diamètre de 67 mm à ouverture f/2,8. Les optiques de cette série sont toutes conçues et pensées avec la même philosophie et répondent aux nouveaux besoins de performances et compacité de la photographie hybride :

    • Qualité optique exceptionnelle - Compatibilité à 100% avec les technologies Sony (Eye-AF, Corrections internes)
    • Mobilité : poids et encombrement limités + construction tout temps
    • Polyvalence : mises au point minimales record, etc..

    Compacité et légèreté

    Il a été possible d'atteindre 810g pour le rendre 2x plus léger que ses concurrents et une longueur de 140 mm grâce une compacité extrêmes même avec une ouverture de f/2,8 constante en tirant parti de la stabilisation d'image de l'appareil photo. Le diamètre du filtre est de 67 mm comme les autres optiques de la gamme Tamron FE. Sa taille ultra-compacte facilite la prise de vue à main levée.

    Le nouveau moteur AF VXD offre des performances de mise au point automatique à haute vitesse et haute précision

    Tamron a développé son premier mécanisme de mise au point à entrainement linéaire, nommé VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-couple Drive), spécialement conçu pour le 70-180 mm f/2,8. Tout en fonctionnant plus rapidement que jamais, le variateur maintient une précision jusqu'à 0,005 mm, moins d'un dixième de la largeur d'un cheveu humain. Un système flottant utilise deux unités VXD haute vitesse et haute précision. Cette conception innovante produit des images nettes sur les sujets proches ou éloignés. Discret, il permet une prise de vue silencieuse en toute circonstances. Les athlètes et les véhicules en mouvement sont parmi les sujets couramment photographiés avec ce type de téléobjectifs. Il offre aux utilisateurs une expérience de prise de vue silencieuse et de haute précision, non seulement pour les images fixes mais aussi pour les vidéos.

    Une qualité d'image sans compromis

    Le 70-180 mm f/2,8 possède une construction optique de 19 éléments répartis en 14 groupes. Il comprend un total de six éléments de lentilles XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) et LD (Low Dispersion) combinés, et trois éléments GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) et asphériques hybrides combinés. Les verres spéciaux sont disposés de manière optimale pour corriger l'aberration chromatique et maintenir des performances de très haute résolution d'un bord à l'autre. Ce modèle bénéficie également du revêtement BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2), qui minimise les images fantômes et les reflets et produit des images époustouflantes et claires avec des détails fins. De plus, une excellente qualité d'image sur toute la plage de zoom est assurée par la correction de distorsion de l'appareil photo. Enfin, l'effet bokeh obtenu à l'ouverture f/2,8 offre une transition magnifiquement douce du sujet à l'arrière-plan.

    Une mise au point minimale record de 0,85 m

    Le nouvel objectif 70-180 mm f/2,8 possède une mise au point minimale record de 0,85 m sur toute la plage focale. Cette courte distance de mise au point ouvre de nouvelles perspectives de prise de vue au téléobjectif avec un rapport de grossissement maximal de 1:4.6 à 180 mm. À 70 mm, il est aussi possible de prendre des photos à une distance rapprochée de 0,27 m lorsque la mise au point manuelle (MF) est réglée sur l'appareil photo. Cependant, les résultats sont moins optimaux.

    Construction résistante à l'humidité, revêtement au fluor et verrouillage de zoom

    Des joints sont situés dans les zones d'assemblage de l'objectif et aux autres endroits critiques pour empêcher l'infiltration d'humidité et/ou de gouttes de pluie et permettre une construction résistante à l'humidité. Cette fonction offre une couche de protection supplémentaire lors de la prise de vue en extérieur dans des conditions météorologiques défavorables. De plus, la surface de la lentille frontale est recouverte d'un composé de fluor protecteur qui a d'excellentes qualités hydrofuges et oléofuges. La surface de la lentille est plus facile à nettoyer et est moins vulnérable aux effets néfastes de la saleté, de l'humidité ou des empreintes digitales, ce qui permet un entretien beaucoup plus facile. Également, le commutateur Zoom Lock empêche l'extension non désirée du fut de l'objectif pendant le transport.

    Compatible avec les principales caractéristiques et fonctions spécifiques aux boîtiers hybrides Sony Le nouveau 70-180 mm f/2,8 de Tamron est compatible avec de nombreuses fonctionnalités avancées spécifiques au boîtiers hybrides de Sony :

    • Fast Hybrid AF
    • Eye AF
    • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
    • Correction internes au boîtier (shading, aberrations chromatiques, distorsion)
    • Mise à jour de firmware via le boîtier (Les fonctionnalités varient selon le boîtier. Veuillez consulter le manuel d'instructions de votre appareil photo pour plus de détails.)
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  • PR

    Tamron announces the launch date of the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056), a large aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras that is the lightest and most compact in its class. The lens will be available in the U.S. on May 14^th^ at $1199. However, due to the spread of COVID-19, the release date or the product supply schedule could be delayed.

    The 70-180mm F/2.8 features a compact and lightweight design with a 67mm filter diameter, the same as Tamron's highly esteemed 17-28mm F/2.8 (Model A046) and the 28-75mm F/2.8 (Model A036). The optical construction includes several special lens elements that contribute to the lens's overall superb imaging performance. Its very short 33.5" MOD (Minimum Object Distance) expands overall versatility. The lens utilizes Tamron's newly developed VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism that produces an autofocus drive that's quieter and quicker than ever before. Additionally, a floating system is used to achieve excellent optical performance at all shooting distances. By simultaneously operating two VXD units via electronic control, the system produces clear and sharp images of all objects near and far. Other features that support a great shooting experience include Moisture-Resistant Construction for added weather protection and Fluorine Coating for easy maintenance. In addition, the 70-180mm F/2.8 is fully compatible with various camera-specific features including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF. Developed under the concept of "making large aperture zoom lenses user-friendly," the 70-180mm F/2.8 provides users with complete portrait-to-telephoto lens range coverage. This new model joins the 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD and the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD to complete Tamron's fast zoom lens trinity for full-frame mirrorless cameras.

    PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

    Compact size maximizes the mobility advantages of mirrorless cameras

    A true marvel of portability and utility, the 70-180mm F/2.8 incorporates an innovative zoom mechanism and 180mm telephoto power. It was possible to maintain extreme light weight and compactness even while attaining a fast F/2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range by leveraging camera-based image stabilization. It is small: filter diameter 67mm, maximum diameter 81mm, length 5.9" at the 70mm setting, and also light weight: 28.6 oz. The super-compact size helps make handheld shooting a breeze. As part of our constant, ongoing effort to achieve both high image quality and supreme compactness, Tamron went to great lengths to create this product in answer to demands of the new generation of digital cameras.

    2. Newly developed VXD linear motor focus mechanism delivers high-speed and high precision autofocus performance

    Tamron developed its first-ever linear motor AF drive focus mechanism, VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), especially for the 70-180mm F/2.8. While operating faster than ever before, the drive also maintains positional accuracy down to 0.005mm (0.0002"), less than one tenth the width of a human hair! This provides unprecedented fast and precise AF performance. A floating system that uses two high-speed, high-precision VXD units with advanced electronic control is also used. This innovative design produces clear and beautiful images of all objects from near to far and at the same time helps reduce size and weight. In addition, its exceptional quietness enables low noise shooting in silent settings. Active athletes and moving vehicles are among the subjects commonly photographed with telephoto zoom lenses. The enhanced, highly responsive focus features of the 70-180mm F/2.8 enable following a subject's movements to provide users with a whisper-quiet, high-precision shooting experience, not just for still images but also video.

    3. Superior design for uncompromised image quality

    The 70-180mm F/2.8 has an optical construction of 19 elements in 14 groups. It includes a total of six XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements combined, and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) and hybrid aspherical lens elements combined. Special lens elements are generously and optimally arranged to correct chromatic aberration and maintain very high-resolution performance from edge-to-edge. This model also features BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating, which minimizes ghosting and flare and produces stunning, clear images with brilliant, sharp subject detail. Furthermore, excellent high image quality across the entire zoom range is enhanced by camera-based distortion and shading correction. Additionally, the bokeh effect obtained using the fast F/2.8 aperture delivers beautifully smooth and soft transition from the subject to the background. The images created with this lens are emblematic of Tamron's pursuit to combine supreme compactness with superb image quality.

    4. 67mm filter diameter for system convenience

    The 70-180mm F/2.8 features the same 67mm filter diameter as Tamron's other lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras including the 17-28mm F/2.8 (Model A046), a fast ultra-wideangle zoom, and the 28-75mm F/2.8 (Model A036), a fast standard zoom, as well as the close-focusing prime lens series (20mm, 24mm and 35mm). This uniformity significantly reduces cost and trouble when working with PL, ND and other filters. Even the front lens caps are the same size, eliminating the hassle of sorting caps when switching lenses. These features combine to produce a highly convenient and mobile system that adds more fun to photography.

    5. Close focusing to a mere 33.5 inches

    The new 70-180mm F/2.8 lens has a MOD of 33.5" throughout the entire zoom range. This is astonishingly close for a large aperture telephoto zoom lens. The short MOD paves the way for impressive telephoto shooting at a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.6 at the 180mm telephoto end. Moreover, a floating component equipped with two VXD linear focus mechanisms maintains high image quality while effectively controlling aberrations so that the 70-180mm F/2.8 ensures great image quality even at close-up. To effectively suppress optical aberrations, this lens features a floating mechanism that ensures great image quality at distances as short as 33.5".

    Note: At the 70mm setting only, it is possible to shoot closer than the specified MOD of 33.5" (as close as 10.6") when manual focus (MF) is set on the camera. However, results may be less than optimal since image quality decreases in peripheral areas. For more details, please visit this website: https://www.tamron.jp/en/support/guide/closeup.html

    6. Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating, and Zoom Lock switch

    Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to deter infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Also, the front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. Additionally, the conventional Zoom Lock switch prevents unwanted barrel extension during transportation.

    7. Compatible with main camera-specific features and functions

    Tamron's new 70-180mm F/2.8 is compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. This includes the following:

    • Fast Hybrid AF
    • Eye AF
    • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
    • In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)
    • Camera-based lens unit firmware updates

    8. Tamron's 'Dream Team' of large aperture zooms for full-size mirrorless cameras

    Tamron's 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046) ultra-wideangle zoom and the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) standard zoom lens earn high marks for user-friendliness and high image quality among large aperture zoom lenses for both E-Mount and FE-Mount Sony mirrorless cameras. Now, the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056) telephoto zoom lens joins the lineup to complete the Dream Team Trinity of high-speed zoom lenses for full-size mirrorless cameras. A key advantage of this series is their portability. The three models altogether weigh surprisingly little, just 62.8 oz. Featuring light weight, compact size, a fast F/2.8 aperture and superb image quality, Tamron's Dream Team is easy to carry, easy to deploy and easy to enjoy.

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