Half Price, Full Performance? Comparing the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD to the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens

Tamron's new 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens completes the company's holy trinity of f/2.8 zoom lenses, following in the footsteps of the wildly popular 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD and 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lenses. Can it keep up with the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS? This fantastic video review compares the two to tell you if you can afford to skip the more expensive option. 

Coming to you from The Camera Store TV, this excellent video compares the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens to the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens. There is no doubt that the Sony is a fantastic lens, but at almost $2,600, it is no small investment. On the other hand, the Tamron comes in at less than half the price, making it a very intriguing alternative. And certainly, given the 28-75mm f/2.8's performance, if the 70-180mm f/2.8 can reach similar levels, it is sure to be very popular, especially considering you can fill out the entire Tamron f/2.8 zoom lineup for about the price of just the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8. Check out the video above for their full thoughts. 

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Just a personal opinion but no side to side comparison. So just take my word for it video but not more. Im into analyzing full raw and side to side comparison because I prefer to trust my eye then someone telling me this is better who im not familiar with. No offense.
This gives you VERY NICE iq says everything
So while I like what tamron did with their 70-200 g2 this looks like it cuts performance vs the sony. Raw untouched images would be best

I think Sigma said they are going to start making smaller lenses. I wonder if their 70-200 will change or if it will be the last normal sized lens they release for mirrorless. I want to see what they come up with before I pickup a f/2.8 tele. If it has OS and a custom button it will be a no brainer for me personally. It will be more expensive though. I'm guessing the $1400 mark.

These Tamron options seem to pretty good though. The odd sizes keep you with them while filling out a range but over all you're still saving a decent amount without losing much iq.