Rumor: Tamron to announce a new 15-30mm f/2.8 full frame lens tomorrow

I just received some information that Tamron will announce a new 15-30mm f/2.8 full frame lens tomorrow. Stay tuned for additional details.

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  • n11

    I’m not usually one for Tamron, but this sounds interesting. If it has optimal quality for a D800 and perhaps VR, I’ll be taking a closer look.

    • Lee Dann

      Does look interesting…..for something I will use a very small amount, this could be a great option. Don’t really want to shell out for the expensive Nikon version being as it won’t be used much. Don’t think VR is important on a lens of this focal length.
      Have to wait and see what the price is.

      • n11

        I have the Nikon 16-35 F4, and this could challenge it greatly. From experience, at 16mm focal length, I can go down to about 1/6th of a second with VR on before it gets blurry. So if you’re looking at doing long-exposure handheld shots VR can be very useful.

        • Lee Dann

          be nice to have for sure, but wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me, especially as its a 2.8.

  • I dunno, I just don’t shoot wide angle wide open – it’s usually on a tripod at f/11l.

    • Laurentiu Ilie

      Probably, 14-24mm f/4 full frame would be good enough for tripod use.

      • Exactly. And something that takes 77mm filters, please.

    • Mike

      I do. A lot. Dark churches, wedding receptions when you’re rubbing elbows with people dancing. PJ shots in tight spaces. I use my 14-24 all the time at f/2.8

      • sloma_p

        For those who can’t afford a 14-24, there’s Tokina 16-28/2.8 or a used Nikkor 17-35/2.8. Given Tamron’s record in UWA zooms, I wouldn’t hold my breath for this one…

        • Guest

          …or a new 17-35/2.8…

    • Mr.Black

      This lens is for “moving in the dark”. As example you can’t get “milkyway in a background” type of night landscapes with f/11 because of a star trails. At 15mm and f/2.8 with a low ISO you could pick up decent amount of starlight before earth rotation becomes noticable on a picture.

      • John McCormick

        Absolutely, also have a look at the new Nikon 20mm f/1.8 that is now available for pre-order. Should be a good astro lens.

  • Sonikon

    After what Tamron has accomplished with their 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 VC’s This sounds exciting in just the right focal length. I really hope it also has VC. And of course it has to be good to use on the D800.

    • Chaitanya

      Dont forget the update 90mm VC macro.

      • captaindash

        I bought that lens (my first Tamron) after seeing the good reviews, and it didn’t disappoint. Focus is a shade slow, but it’s tack sharp. Best macro value right now.

  • Skippy D810

    Filter threads on this or not? It sure would be nice to find a sharp wide angle that takes filter threads. Yes, the Nikon 16-35 does but the sharpness isn’t quite up to the pro level, in my opinion.

    • lord eels

      the nikkor 16-35 is no nikkor 14-24 or zeiss 21, but handheld at 1/2 sec. it’s the sharpest lens ever made, lol.

    • Nikooles

      If your 16-35 doesn’t have pro sharpness then you should check if you may have a bad sample. I have it myself, it’s tack sharp from edge to edge wide open, except in the very extreme corners where it gets good at f/8 already

      • LarryC

        +1. I was reluctant to try it out, but at meaningful WA apertures it rivals my Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 and certainly as good or better than my Nikon 20 and 28 2.8s. I have come to really like this lens.

      • Stefan Suchanec

        Agree, mine was sharp as well. Not 14-24mm sharp, but very sharp.

        • captaindash

          I didn’t know until very recently about AF fine tuning and for years on my D300 I had really soft images sometimes. I thought I just had a bad version. *slaps forehead and runs hand down face*

  • Andrey Permitin

    Oh, what a great news! Tired of waiting for sigmas wide angle art zoom! If it will have a filter thread it will join my Tamron 24-70 and 70-200 in my bag as soon as it hits the stores.

    • kotozafy

      15-30mm f/2.8 with filter thread ? I’m doubtful. Remember the Sigma 15-30mm F/3.4-4.5 and the current Tokina 16-28…

      • fjfjjj

        The 16-35/4 Nikkor has one…

        • Groosome

          As does the old Tamron 17-35 2.8-4 which I may replace with this if it’s good.

  • jimmy

    All Tamron UWA/WA zoom lenses ’till now sucked ass, so I really hope this one won’t …

    • Dpablo unfiltered

      Generally, until a few years ago all wide angle zooms left a whole lot to be desired. Tamron was never first like Sigma was but there was no comparison in the quality. I still use my Tamron 20-40.

  • SharperThanNikons14-24

    Who thinks it will be Sharper than Nikons 14-24?

    • TheInfinityPoint

      Not me. And don’t forget about vignetting, which becomes critical in ultra-low-light (i.e., in the middle of a desert).

  • bob smith

    i thought i read that sigma might also have a super wide zoom (14-24 f1.4 os) being released at photo-godzilla-show-o-ramma? now i have to wait for DoX to tell me which one to get. i just hope one of these will be smaller than the nikon 14-24.

    • Bokeh

      90/2,8 macro
      and do not forget 150-600 – just fantastic….

      • Picka

        That moon shot looks pretty crappy…

        • djddh

          Cool moon shot, not crappy at all. What a miserable comment from Picka.

          • Bokeh

            Thanks djddh !
            Maybe Picka only likes the dark side og the moon 🙂

          • Steve Griffin

            I agree, that shot is spoiled by a smearing effect. Not sharp and there are aberrations present.

          • Mr.Black

            Actually dark side is the best part on this photo because of shadows. Light side is pretty flat without sharpness and with a noticable amount of optical aberrations.

  • Carlos

    Amazing notice. If have a good price I get one. Nikon forgets the DX users and make wide fast lens only for FX models!! This focal range fits nice for my D7100.

    • Thor

      This i FX isn’t it?. There are other great UWA-options for DX.

    • Groosome

      As Thor said – this is full frame. If you don’t want to use it on a crop sensor with 1.5x multiplier your best bet may either be the Tokina 11-16 or Samyang 14 which are highly regarded.

  • Manzur Fahim

    I was thinking of getting the Nikon 14-24mm. But if this one has filter thread or standard flat-front element and is as sharp as the 24-70 or 70-200, I’ll get this instead.

    • Nikooles

      It’s announced. It doesn’t take filters

  • Erik Spaan

    with the tokina 16-28 and a new tamron there are very good options for FF, nice !
    And according to dxomark for instance the tokina performs very nice:

  • d800e_shooter

    The rumored Sigma ART 14-24 f/4 that can take filters is probably a better bet…

    • Groosome

      When’s it going to be not rumoured?

  • Alan Lee

    I wonder if Fotodiox will make a Wonderpana essentials kit for all of these new UWA lenses. They do for the Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 and others. They are fantastic. No need for limiting filter sizes to 77mm.

  • tedtedsen

    i purchased the lens 1day ago Sharp fast and has vc and wethersealing , what i dont like is it has the tendency to overexpoce too maney images sorrey for my bad inglish im norwegian

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