Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD full frame zoom lens announced

This is the new Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD full frame zoom lens I mentioned yesterday. Shipping date and price were not released. Here are the specifications:

Model A012
Focal Length 15-30mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 110° 32'–71°35' (for full frame format)
85°51'–49°53' (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction 18 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 11in. (0.28m)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:5
Filter Size n/a
Maximum Diameter 98.4mm
Length For Canon 5.7in. (145mm) / For Nikon 5.6in. (143mm)
Weight 38.8 oz. (1,100g)
Diaphragm Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Standard Accessories Lens caps (push-on front & rear)
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony

Press release:

September 12, 2014, Saitama, Japan. - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world’s first in its category. The price and launch date are to be determined. The lens will be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina 2014, September 16- 21, 2014 in Cologne, Germany (Photokina Booth Number: Hall 4.2 D10 - E19).Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. SP 24-70mm F/2.8 was the first in the series, being integrated with VC, followed by the 70-200mm F/2.8, 90mm F/2.8 Macro, and 150-600mm F/5-6.3. The array of those new lenses have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts and working pros around the globe. To address the needs for more towards the wider angular field, Tamron spearheaded the development of SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, a fast ultra-wideangle zoom lens with the image stabilization feature, setting itself apart from the rest of zooms in this category.

Product Highlights

  • Superb image quality and performance 
    With an optical construction of 18 elements in 13 groups, inclusive of XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements in the system, aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral color are efficiently compensated for enabling the zoom lens to deliver outstanding image quality throughout the entire range from corner to corner.
  • Prominent competence of VC when shooting night scenes and under low light conditions
    Recognizing the needs for image stabilization capability on a wideangle lens voiced by a number of photographers, especially for a full-frame, fast F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens category, VC is tuned for providing discernible competence throughout the entire zoom range. The feature enhances image depicting capabilities for shooting night scenes and under low light conditions.
  • Benefit of the eBAND and the improved BBAR coatings
    Tamron’s acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images.
  • Fluorine Coating on the front element, Tamron’s first
    Due to the large diameter and the prominent convex profile of the front element, it is not practical to deploy a protective filter. For the first time, a fluorine coating is applied to the front element, which repels water or any type of dirt, while making it easier to remove such smudge when contaminated.
  • Fascinating background “bokeh” with the fast maximum aperture of F/2.8
    Natural and smooth blur on the subject background enhances depictive capabilities of wide-angle photography when a subject is located in the close distance. The 9-blade diaphragm construction retains a near-circular aperture opening even when stopped down by two steps from its full open position and delivers ideal bokeh effects.
  • Easy-to-use autofocus
    Speed of autofocus and control accuracy are further improved. USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) delivers tack-sharp images due to the high torque and fast response speed with least amount of lag time, yet with extremely low acoustic noise. Equipped with a full-time manual focus mechanism, fine focus adjustments are enabled without exiting from the AF mode.
  • Comes with "SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron", RAW image processing software customized for Tamron SP lenses
    The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software provides an added feature to generate high-quality images from RAW data, while performing adjustments to reflect a personal style and a taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras.
    The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (lateral color, distortion, relative illumination fall-off) referring to the optical design data. Optimal use with Tamron’s SP series lenses - renowned for their high-depiction capabilities – delivers images that meet photographers’ most exacting demands.
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  • rt-photography

    WOOOOOWWWW EXACTLY WHAT I NEED! I have the Tamron 17-35 2.8-4 and finally there is something I can upgrade to.

    -Nikon 14-24 the 24mm isnt long enough.
    -nikon 17-35 old tech which is way overpriced for its performance. and ive tested it side by side with my tamron and the difference is negligable
    -16-35VR ..only f/4
    -nikon 18-35G too slow
    -tokina 16-28. very sharp on the 16mm end but isnt great on the 28mm end shot open.

    Im so psyched. VC as well..perfect.

    just need a decent price tag and im in line for preorder.

    • Johnny D

      “-Nikon 14-24 the 24mm isnt long enough.”

      You are complaining about an UW not being long enough??

      • fjfjjj

        What’s wrong with that? Some of us need a wide zoom that hits a certain angle of view on the short or long end.

      • rt-photography

        I dont really like UWA focal length for shooting people at all.but sometimes I have to shoot with it on the dance floor which I dont like because it distorts people. but at times when its crowded, the 28-70 AFS isnt wide enough. and im only with one camera on the dance floor because people are dancing and elbows are flying all over the place so dont want my gear banged around. at times people ask for a picture and shooting 2 people at 24mm is way too wide. so the tamron I have at 35mm is decent for that. I would go for the 14-24 AFS but the long end isnt long enough for my needs. this 15-30 isnt that long either but I can deal with the 5mm loss. vs shooting at 24mm.

        its also 2.8 and with VC and from what my intuition says, and looking at the elements/coatings used, will be a fantastic performer. seems to me the trend is for UWA with the bulbous front now.

        I would have been fine with a revamped 17-35 2.8-4 as the one I have now.

    • Groosome

      I’m also in the Tamron 17-35 camp at the moment. It would be nice to be able to use a polariser on this but I guess on a super wide it’s not totally necessary – contrast can be added in post and I don’t find myself needing to cut reflections this wide.

      I’d prefer a filter thread but I’ll still be paying close attention to this one. Also VC is a plus.

      • Groosome

        I want to see if it’s sharp to the edges/corners cause the 17-35 can be soft there. Fingers crossed as I think Tamron have been kicking goals recently.

      • I have the Tamron 17-35 2.8-4 too and I once wanted to put polarizers and other filters on it until I realized that they just don’t work on lenses wider 35mm. After a while they just get bright on the edges. So I’m perfectly ok with protruding lenses.

    • Camaman

      12-24mm? what about that one?

      • rt-photography

        the SIgma? too slow aperture wise. and too short on the long end. why they couldnt make a x2 the focal length lens thats wider. even the nikon 16-35VR is too slow for me.

        • bonem

          Not long enough? Wow. Go get a kit lens of you want wide and long in one lens. The is ultra wide. Not ultra zoom.

          • rt-photography

            dude, forget the long end, the aperture is just too slow for my needs. thanks anyway.

          • bonem

            I was responding to your comment. Remember the one where you were complaining about “the long end”. So I’m not sure what your “thanks anyway” is for. You’re all over the place with your complaints.

          • rt-photography

            what im saying is 24mm isnt long enough. 30-35 is fine, but forget the range at all because the aperture is just too slow. I know fully well what I need. been waiting for a fast UWA for a while to upgrade my (very happy and acceptable performance btw) tamron 17-35 2.8-4. it may be an oldie but its still has great performance. in fact I did a quick not so strict test shoot against my friends 17-35 AFS and it just barely bests it by a smidge. so what im saying is, the long end doesnt matter if the aperture isnt what I need.
            mother tongue isnt english.

      • Crop body lens. 🙂 Not for Full frame cameras.

        • Camaman

          Nope. Its full frame. 🙂
          Search google for it

          • What brand are you talking about?
            The Nikon 12-24 is a DX Lens
            The Sigma 12-24 is a DX Lens
            The Tokina 12-24 is a DX Lens
            I can’t find any info on a Canon 12-24 or Tamron 12-24 so what else is left?

            Any chance you are talking about the Nikon 14-24?

          • Camaman
          • You are correct sir! This is usually a DX range lens and that is why I was thrown off.

            I just took a closer look at a few reviews. Based on the review information it seems to be a decent performer but softer than the Tamron 17-35 and much slower at similar settings. Much more expensive too!

            I do thank you for pointing it out though. It does seem to look like the widest non fish eye for a full frame camera.

    • longzoom

      I am with you on every word, but the s…! Agreed!

    • You sir read my mind. The Tamron 17-35 2.8-4 is currently my super wide angle lens as well. Its fantastic because all the other ultra wide zooms on the market are only slightly better in some performance tests but a whole lot more expensive.

      I’m looking forward to this as a possible upgrade. I hope this lens delivers the upgradable performance I am seeking.

      For a $260 lens the 17-35 is a steal on the used market.
      Photo taken with the Tamron 17-35:

      • Dpablo unfiltered

        I’m still in the Tamron 20-40 camp. Instead of f2.8-4 it is f2.7-3.5 and it also leaves no gap between it and my cheap Nikon 35-70. You may or may not have a bit better colors with the newer lens, however. On a bad day the 20-40 flares so bad you would think somebody spray painted your negatives. But when used in the dark it is a really really good lens. I suppose that lenses like the 20 and 28 primes and the 14-24 make this all very irrelevant…
        Hopefully the new lens is like that.

  • Alex

    Lets see distorsion and sharpness and Im all in!

  • Ricardo

    No filter thread? So this will not be an option for landscape photographers, right? :/

    • catfish252

      There are filter options available now for the thread less lenses like the Nikon 14-24 and the Tokina 16-28, Lee makes an adapter, so does Wonderpana

      • That’s right, I mean’t this is not an option for landscape photographers who look for ff uwa lenses that don’t require these kind of workarounds.
        I remember when 12-24 was released, the solution from Lee cost nearly 500eur. which was too much for a filter holder IMO 🙂

        • Banan Tarr

          If you’re going to spend thousands on a new pro-grade ultra wide then another few hundred on a filter holder is really no big deal IMHO.

          • Ian Lindo

            I disagree. $1-2k on a lens is plenty of money already, but increasing it by 1/4 to 1/2 the cost of the lens so I can adapt filters? It’s kind of painful.

          • Arty

            Spending thousands on a new pro-grade ultra wide, I expect it to have a filter thread….

      • Patrick O’Connor

        Who makes a filter holder for the Tokina? I’ve only seen them for the Nikkor 14-24.

  • Marchellino

    this is what i waitng for

  • MonkeySpanner

    Wow – love the new look. This lens looks so much better than the old look with the gold ring and all. The lens hood even looks cool. I hope the keep this look with other new lenses.

    • Brad

      It seems a lot of 3rd party lens makers are killing it these days.

      • McDonnie

        That’s right……mirrorless are rising……dslr are sinking….it’s now or never

  • Mark White

    This is very interesting indeed! I currently have the Tokina 16-28, and if this has similar build quality, can get me to 15 and 30 with the same or better image quality, and within a reasonable price premium, I’m in too!

  • bonem

    I like it. That’s going on the wishlist.

  • TinusVerdino

    Seems to have a protruding lens element so filters will be hard to use.

  • Joe

    boo, no filter threads.

  • Jarrad

    no weather sealing?

  • 0mni

    Wow, 1,1KG! Thanks Tamron, but I still love my 18-35G (380g). Especially for hiking.

  • Anoosh Em

    The lack of ability to install filters… useless! ( for landscap photography)

    • rt-photography

      landscape togs have a lot more options since pics taken are stopped down. in that regard, id get anything and probably be happy. but as a pro wedding photog, I need speed. I need brightness in the VF as well. add VC as well..great combo.

  • tom43

    All the world is waiting for an UWA full-frame zoom lens with a filter thread, as there are only options w/o filter thread (AF-S 14-24) and prime lenses (AF-S 20 1.8; Zeiss 15mm and Zeiss 21mm). Tamron, why not a 14-24 f4.0 lens with 82mm filter thread, or a 16-20mm lens with 95mm filter thread? Hopefully the rumors about the Sigma ART 14-24mm f4.0 are correct….

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