Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD Review
- Comfortable and easy to operate, for a while
- f/2.8 and VC provide great low-light and handheld performance
- Controls aberrations and distortions very well
- Sharp images, even when shooting wide open
- Moisture resistant construction allows you to use the lens in most climates
- Large and heavy, will wear you out after some time
- Lens shape prohibits the use of protective and creative filters
|The Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD ultra-wide zoom lens provides great low-light performance with the their vibration correction optical image stabilization to give a great ultra-wide zoom lens. Although large, it is easy to handle while shooting. With a MSRP of US $1,199 it is more affordable than similar options from Canon, Nikon and Sony. Read more in our Full Conclusion. |
The new Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD ultra-wide zoom lens was designed for professional photographers looking for a sharp lens that performs very well in low-light. One of the first ultra-wide lenses available on the market to feature optical image stabilization, it works well with the f/2.8 maximum aperture to provide overall outstanding handheld and low-light shooting experiences. 18 lens elements in 13 groups and specialized lens coatings are used to control the distortions and aberrations that are commonly seen with ultra-wide lenses. This lens was designed specifically for full-frame image sensors to provide outstanding quality from edge to edge. It also works well with APS-C sensors with an approx. focal length of 24-48mm.
A fantastic lens for landscape photography, the new SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD makes it easy to capture beautiful scenes once the light starts to fade. This lens is also useful in any close-quarter shooting situation, as distortions and aberrations are very well controlled. This is not a discrete lens, looking more like a standard or telephoto zoom, its size will be noticed by everyone. It is also on the heavy side, thanks to the quality of glass used.
|Lens Construction (Groups/Elements)
|Angle of View
110°32' - 71°35' (for full frame format)
85°52' - 49°54' (for APS-C format)
|Diaphragm Blade Number
||9 (circular diaphragm)*
|Minimum Focus Distance
|Macro Magnification Ratio
||1,100 g (38.8 oz)**
||5.7 in (145mm) for Canon**
5.6 in (142.5mm) for Nikon**
||Lens caps (push-on front, rear)
||Integrated flower-shaped hood
||Canon, Nikon, Sony A mount****
*This circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
**Length & Weight are based on figures for the Canon-mount & the Nikon-mount lens.
***Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
****The Sony mount does not include the VC image stabilization functionality, as the body of the Sony digital SLR camera includes image stabilization functionality.
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