Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD Review

Quick Take
  • 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
Bottom Line
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.


Model A012
Lens Construction (Groups/Elements) 13/18
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 Aperture F/22
Minimum Focus Distance 11 in.(0.28m)
Macro Magnification Ratio 1:5
Filter Diameter N/A
Weight 1,100 g (38.8 oz)**
Length*** 5.7 in (145mm) for Canon**
5.6 in (142.5mm) for Nikon**
Standard Accessories Lens caps (push-on front, rear)
Hood Integrated flower-shaped hood
Mount 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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