Tamron Announces Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens for Full Frame Cameras

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It seems like Tamron is announcing a game-changing new lens every week, and that's great news for consumers. Their lenses are always at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and deliver sharp images at a fraction of the cost of lenses made by Canon, Nikon, and Sony. 

Not resting on their laurels, Tamron has announced a new advanced, high-quality, fast, ultra wide angle lens the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) that they made specifically for full-frame Nikon and Canon cameras.

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Zoom lenses are tricky as they used to provide an inferior image when compared to a similar focal length fixed lens. Lenses like the new Tamron 15-30mm are out to prove that it's no longer the case. The A041 has an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element along with multiple LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements, which help with distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations. This gives you a high-speed wide-angle zoom that captures images that are just as good as fixed lenses.

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 Tamron also added three different coatings to the front of the lens to eliminate ghosting, flare, and provide clear image edge to edge. It has a newly developed ant-reflection coating called AX (Anti-reflection eXpand),  eBand (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating which is made with nanotechnology, and a BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating. 

tamron a041 canon vertical.jpgAutofocus is also lightning fast with the new 15-30mm lens as it uses Tamron's Ultra Silent Drive (USD) and Dual-Microprocessing Unit.

Wide angles need less image stabilization than telephotos do, but that didn't stop Tamron from adding a newly developed Vibration Compensation mechanism that they say is CIPA rated up to 4.5 stops. 

The A041 is also compatible with TAMRON TAP-in Console, which allows you to connect the lens via USB to a computer to update the firmware. Toss in a highly durable fluorine coating and high quality build and you're looking at winner. The only downside is that the lens is only available in native Nikon and Canon mount.


  • Model:  A041
  • Focal Length:  15‐30mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F/2.8
  • Angle of View (diagonal): 110°32' - 71°35' (for full-frame DSLR cameras)
    • : 85°52' - 49°54' (for APS-C format DSLR cameras)
  • Optical Construction: 18 elements in 13 groups
  • Minimum Object Distance: 0.28m (11 in) Full zoom range
  • Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:5 (f=30mm)
  • Filter Size: N/A*
  • Maximum Diameter: φ98.4mm 
  • Length**: for Canon 145mm (5.7 in)
    • : for Nikon 142.5mm (5.6 in)
  • Weight: for Canon 1,110g (39.2 oz)
    • : for Nikon 1,100g (38.8 oz)
  • Aperture Blades: 9 (circular diaphragm)***
  • Minimum Aperture: F/22
  • Image Stabilization Performance: 4.5 stops (TELE) (CIPA Standards Compliant)
    •  For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon: D810 is used
  • Standard Accessories: Integrated flower-shaped hood, Lens caps (push-on front, rear) 
  • Compatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon


The Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) will be available in Nikon mount on September 21st and in Canon mount October 12th with an MSRP of $1299.


August 31, 2018, Commack, New York-- Tamron announces the launch of a new high-speed ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041), for full-frame DSLR cameras. The new model will be available in Nikon mount on September 21st and in Canon mount October 12th at a suggested retail price of $1299.

With a well-established reputation for ultra-high-quality wideangle zoom lenses with its Model A012, Tamron carries on the tradition of high optical performance with the new SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041). By incorporating an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element, as well as multiple LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements, the distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations so common in wideangle shooting have been greatly minimized. Furthermore, a newly developed AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) Coating has been applied to reduce ghosting and flare more thoroughly than ever before. The optical performance in this high-speed F/2.8 ultra-wideangle zoom lens is outstanding. In addition, the built-in Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) enables vastly improved AF speed and precision and image stabilization. This is a next-generation super high-quality, high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens with first-rate optics and a wide range of features that serve to revitalize the user's shooting experience. With the release of this model, three of Tamron's high-speed F/2.8 zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation) are now G2 (Generation 2).


1. Super high-quality high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens

The Model A041 is an F/2.8 ultra-wideangle lens with a focal length starting at 15mm that offers high resolution even in the peripheral area of the image. By incorporating an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element and multiple LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to curtail distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations, Tamron has achieved a degree of resolution throughout the range that is just as good as a fixed focal length lens.

2. Newly developed AX Coating

The AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) Coating, especially effective for wideangle lenses that tend to let in harmful light from peripheral areas, was developed to control rays that affect image quality. It is a revolutionary new proprietary coating developed in-house by Tamron using specialized deposition technology. The new coating keeps the reflection factor for peripheral areas at the same high level as that for the center area, not only overcoming standard curvature issues, but even overcoming the problems of conventionally produced convex surface with large curvatures for which uniform deposition has always proved difficult to achieve. Furthermore, the Model A041, along with eBand (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating utilizing nanotechnology, and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating, makes effective use of three different types of coatings, thereby enabling unsurpassed curtailment of ghosting and flare and consequently enabling superlative, exceptionally clear image quality edge to edge.

3. High-speed, high-precision AF

Superb AF speed and precision is delivered by equipping the lens with a Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system and employing an enhanced AF control algorithm to improve performance. The AF drive uses proprietary Tamron technology, USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), enabling high torque, high response, and silent operation. And because it comes with a Full-time Manual Focus override system, manual focus adjustments can be made on the fly.  

4. VC promises sharp images for all varieties of shooting

Tamron released the first high-speed F/2.8 ultra-wideangle zoom lens in the world equipped with a VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, the original Model A012. The new Model A041 has been further improved with a newly developed VC mechanism that surpasses former versions and reaches 4.5 stops, according to CIPA standards. This makes it possible to shoot sharp photos over a wide range of photographic scenes, including indoor and outdoor shots as well as handheld shots at stopped-down aperture settings for landscape photography.

5. Rear filter holder

The Model A041 made for use on Canon (EF-mount) cameras comes with a filter holder as a standard feature that lets you insert gelatin and other sheet filters into the rear side of the lens. This makes photography using filters much easier and simpler by overcoming the problem of the curvature of the front lens elements that made shooting with filters so difficult in the past.

6. Vastly improved highly durable Fluorine Coating

Abrasion resistance capability has been vastly improved on the new Model A041. The front surface of the lens element is coated with a Fluorine Coating based on a newly developed fluorine compound with high water- and oil-repellent properties. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture, and fingerprints, and enabling your important lenses to be continually protected on a long-term basis.  

7. The new design provides greater operability and design consistency

With the new SP design applied, Model A041 shares the same feel of high quality and operability as the other two models in this series, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) and SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025). Tamron has merged beautiful craftsmanship with intuitive design in this new high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens. Even details like the shape of the switch box, distance-scale window, and the precision and stability of the metallic mount reveal a commitment to functionality, as well as design. The result is a next-generation lens that's easy to use yet loaded with cutting-edge technology.

8. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory

The new Model A041 is compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer for easy updating of the lens's firmware as well as customization of features including fine adjustments to the focus position of AF and VC control.

9. Moisture-Resistant Construction

Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

10. Manufacturing innovation with thorough attention to details based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series

Tamron has enhanced the SP series lenses to fulfill high-level photographic requirements and provide the pleasure of ownership. While introducing a new exterior design, Tamron reviewed the SP series standards. The new SP series has been developed by setting rigorous standards for design, manufacturing and quality that apply to the optical design and mechanical design as well as such wide-ranging areas as the product's robustness and improvements in a variety of individual functions. This has helped to achieve a more consistently superb optical performance, making it a lens that fulfills the demand for higher image quality that is compatible with the latest high-pixel cameras. To maximize the optical performance of the SP series, Tamron will continue to enhance the accuracy of the component parts of each lens element unit and improve the mechanical precision of the entire lens, thereby achieving a high overall performance.



: A041

Focal Length

: 15‐30mm

Maximum Aperture

: F/2.8

Angle of View (diagonal)

: 110°32' - 71°35' (for full-frame DSLR cameras)

: 85°52' - 49°54' (for APS-C format DSLR cameras)

Optical Construction

: 18 elements in 13 groups

Minimum Object Distance

: 0.28m (11 in) Full zoom range

Maximum Magnification Ratio

: 1:5 (f=30mm)

Filter Size

: N/A*

Maximum Diameter

: φ98.4mm


: for Canon 145mm (5.7 in)

: for Nikon 142.5mm (5.6 in)


: for Canon 1,110g (39.2 oz)

: for Nikon 1,100g (38.8 oz)

Aperture Blades

: 9 (circular diaphragm)***

Minimum Aperture

: F/22

Image Stabilization Performance

: 4.5 stops (TELE) (CIPA Standards Compliant)

For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon: D810 is used

Standard Accessories

: Integrated flower-shaped hood, Lens caps (push-on front, rear)

Compatible Mounts

: Canon, Nikon

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

* A rear filter holder is available for Canon mount.

** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.

*** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

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About Tamron

"New Eyes for Industry" is Tamron's philosophy. This creed is consistent with the company's position as a manufacturer of a wide range of original optical lenses, from interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras to various optical devices for both the general consumer and OEM. Tamron makes optical lenses that contribute to a range of different industries and will continue to devote its rich creativity and leading-edge technical prowess to various industrial fields. Furthermore, Tamron is fully aware of its responsibility to the environment and aspires to help preserve the natural environment in all its business activities.

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