A9 with Tamron 70-180

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Michael Jardine
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A9 with Tamron 70-180
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I just spent a few rainy hours with this new lens and absolutely love it. Best of all the size & weight really feel like it is made for this camera.  Here's a review I did that was posted over in the third party lens forum.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64039484

I would be interested in comments from other new users.

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Re: A9 with Tamron 70-180

Thanks!

I saw some other images earlier made with it and those had a rather unpleasant nervous bokeh (shot in a forest) but your images are really good in all aspects.

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Michael Jardine
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Re: A9 with Tamron 70-180

Thanks.  I'm very pleased with edge-to-edge brightness, especially compared to the 135mm f/1.8.

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Jeff Style Contributing Member • Posts: 806
Re: A9 with Tamron 70-180

I'm very happy with the Tamron. It makes me rethink keeping my 135L. The size and weight are awesome. It is built exactly like the 28-75. I'll most likely use this 70-180 until it literally falls apart, or starts to, I am not a fan of size and weight which is part of the reason going mirrorless. AF is as expected. I think the 70-180 will have the same status as the 28-75.

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JohnNEX Senior Member • Posts: 2,265
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The bokeh here looks pretty good.  The 28-75 bokeh is a real weak point, but not so much for the 70-180.

Thanks for posting the shots - this is a somewhat challenging use case, with poor weather and moving subjects, and the lens did well.

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Ed Constable Regular Member • Posts: 320
Re: A9 with Tamron 70-180

I just want to get mine back from Tamron (or a replacement ... I'm interested what happens)

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Michael Jardine
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Re: A9 with Tamron 70-180

You sent yours back to Tamron?

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Ed Constable Regular Member • Posts: 320
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No, my dealer handled it. It went off on Thursday last week ... expected back end of this week.

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Michael Jardine
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Re: A9 with Tamron 70-180

JohnNEX wrote:

The bokeh here looks pretty good. The 28-75 bokeh is a real weak point, but not so much for the 70-180.

Thanks for posting the shots - this is a somewhat challenging use case, with poor weather and moving subjects, and the lens did well.

The weather was challenging for sure. Moving subjects were very easy, particularly with the AF tracking on the A9.  I didn't really get any missed shots - but then again, the subjects were not moving very fast.  One small challenge was getting a focused shot between two people as all three were moving. And in that instance, the quick focus never missed.

An even more challenging scenario will be night (or indoor) field sports, which I look forward to testing out but maybe not in the immediate future!

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Michael Jardine
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Re: A9 with Tamron 70-180

Why did you (your dealer) send it back? Was it faulty?

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Michael Jardine
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Re: A9 with Tamron 70-180

Jeff Style wrote:

I'm very happy with the Tamron. It makes me rethink keeping my 135L. The size and weight are awesome. It is built exactly like the 28-75. I'll most likely use this 70-180 until it literally falls apart, or starts to, I am not a fan of size and weight which is part of the reason going mirrorless. AF is as expected. I think the 70-180 will have the same status as the 28-75.

I have a friend who loves the Tamron 28-75, having switched over (like me) from Nikon, where she liked the 24-70.  I'm pretty much 'stuck' with the Sony 24-105/4 which I'm also pretty much happy with for the time being - except that I dropped it!

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Ed Constable Regular Member • Posts: 320
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Michael Jardine
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Thanks - and guess I was lucky. You'll enjoy it.

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AZheaven Senior Member • Posts: 1,376
Re: A9 with Tamron 70-180

Michael Jardine wrote:

I just spent a few rainy hours with this new lens and absolutely love it. Best of all the size & weight really feel like it is made for this camera. Here's a review I did that was posted over in the third party lens forum.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64039484

I would be interested in comments from other new users.

I sadly had a first run lens and my serial number was part of the recall. They replaced my lens for free with a new lens of course.

Had it out for it's first real test this morning. The AF is totally silent for one and AF is quick. And the sharpness is amazing as well. Love it on my A7III! As for no IS I simply have my Min. Shutter Speed set to 1/250 sec.

You don't realize it's even hanging on your body (Peak Design Strap). Nice lens and a great buy.

AZheaven Senior Member • Posts: 1,376
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Michael Jardine wrote:

You sent yours back to Tamron?

There was a recall on certain serial numbers in the first run of the lens. Tamron replaced mine no questions asked.

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AZheaven wrote:

rst run lens and my serial number was part of the recall. They replaced my lens for free with a new lens of course.

Had it out for it's first real test this morning. The AF is totally silent for one and AF is quick. And the sharpness is amazing as well. Love it on my A7III! As for no IS I simply have my Min. Shutter Speed set to 1/250 sec.

You don't realize it's even hanging on your body (Peak Design Strap). Nice lens and a great buy.

Would love to see some of your snapshots. Yes, forgot to mention it's silent. I typically shoot silent electronic on A9 so I'm used to complete silence.

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Joe Tam Senior Member • Posts: 1,291
Re: A9 with Tamron 70-180

Can it track and shoot at 20fps on a9?  i know not all lenses can keep up with a9 at 20fps.  please let us know.

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Michael Jardine
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Tamron 70-180 Tracking at 15 fps on A9

Joe Tam wrote:

Can it track and shoot at 20fps on a9? i know not all lenses can keep up with a9 at 20fps. please let us know.

Good news: tracking works fine at HI setting, at least on constantly moving objects (car at 40 mph). Also seems to track well while zooming (not shown in this sequence).

Bad news: HI "only " works at 15 fps. Which is still enough to generate a movie.

First shot in sequence, full res

Last shot in sequence. Focus point remained on the front grill area and/or left headlight (right, from photo POV). Pixel peepers will notice some CA on the grill.

In this 55-frame sequence during which I zoomed from 180 down to 70, there were three frames out of focus, marked in red.

Including first, last, and a middle one for comparison:

180mm

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Joe Tam Senior Member • Posts: 1,291
Re: Tamron 70-180 Tracking at 15 fps on A9

Does the manual focus turn the same way as Sony?  Is the zoom ring also turn same way as sony?

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Michael Jardine
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Re: Tamron 70-180 Tracking at 15 fps on A9

Joe Tam wrote:

Does the manual focus turn the same way as Sony? Is the zoom ring also turn same way as sony?

Both turn counter-clockwise to Infinity.

Zoom right turns the same way as Sony, but as you may have read in the reviews, the location of the Zoom and  Focus rings is switched so that on the Tamron, the focus ring is closer to the camera body.  I prefer this setting because on Sony zom lenses, depending on the length of the barrel, often the lens shade, if retracted, covers the front end of the lens and either makes manual focus difficult or impossible.  With the Tamron, I can always focus manually. I do wish it had a manual focus switch.

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