I’d like to introduce you to the latest offering from Tamron, the 70-180 2.8 G2. This lens is an updated version of its predecessor. I’ll provide you with some TNK Photo shots to give you an overview of its new design, appearance, and tactile experience.
Gratitude to Tamron
I’d like to express my gratitude to Tamron for sending it over, allowing me to thoroughly explore its capabilities during a few recent photo shoots.
My primary focus will be on an engagement session we conducted in Redland last week and my initial impressions of this lens.
Build Quality and Design
Upon unboxing the Tamron 70-180 2.8 G2, the first thing that struck me was its remarkable build quality, design, and overall feel. It diverges significantly from its predecessor and bears a resemblance to the sturdier build of the 35-150 lens. This enhanced build exudes a sense of quality, making it seem more resilient and capable of withstanding rough handling.
Furthermore, it features a USB-C port for firmware updates and button customization, aspects I’ll delve into further in a comprehensive review following this weekend’s wedding assignments.
Improved Autofocus and Bokeh Quality
For now, I can confidently state that transitioning from the original version to this updated one is a substantial improvement. Autofocus appears to be notably quicker, and one aspect that pleasantly surprised me is the bokeh quality this lens can produce. In my opinion, it surpasses the 35-150 lens, providing a more aesthetically pleasing background blur.
While I typically don’t get too immersed in bokeh comparisons, I couldn’t help but notice the difference in this lens, as evident in some of the photos. It excels in capturing colors, even when using our standard presets for editing. This lens adds a certain crispness to the background, making it stand out.
Optimal Usage and Handling
I must admit that I aimed to shoot most of the photos at 180mm because I wanted to fully utilize the lens’s compression capabilities, delivering a crisp and visually appealing result. The autofocus on this lens is truly exceptional, responding quickly and accurately, even during walking shots. Despite its increased weight compared to the original version, it remains a relatively lightweight lens.
When compared to the bulkier 70-200mm alternatives, such as the Sony 70-200 F4, the difference is striking. The ability to maintain a constant 2.8 aperture is a substantial advantage for low-light shooting, and the resulting bokeh is undeniably more aesthetically pleasing.
So far, the Tamron 70-180 2.8 G2 has made a strong impression on me. I will provide a comprehensive review in about a week after we complete our upcoming wedding shoots this weekend. I wanted to share my initial thoughts and experiences with you, and I hope you find this lens as promising as I do.