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

Here is a brief preview of the new Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD full frame zoom lens (check pricing and availability):

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  • No filters, nooooooo!

    I think maybe it’s time just to get the Nikon 18-35 and call it a day.

    • Neopulse

      Lol…. there’s gonna be probably a work around chances are. Even the 14-24mm f/2.8 has one from a 3rd party. This one will be easy on my opinion. Looks interesting the lens.

      • Have you seen those things? They’re huge.

        I’m looking to sell my 14-24 and get something lighter and more practical. I’m leaning towards the 18-35.

        • Neopulse

          (That’s what she said)

          Yeah they are, but better something than nothing right I suppose. The 18-35mm? You mean 15-30mm right? Or 16-35mm f/4?

          • shell

            nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-5.6 maybe?

          • Neopulse

            You’re right. thought that lens was for DX actually.

          • amaas

            No, it wasn’t. It was Nikon’s consumer UWA, just as the much better 18-35G is today. The 18-35D was released alongside the F80 film body.

          • Neopulse

            I know, I did say I was mistaken in thinking it was a DX lens.

        • Cynog

          I bought the 18-35mm for that very reason. I’m keeping hold of the 14-24 for the time being, though.

          • Thanks, I’d be interested in your feedback, having both.

        • nightoil

          I just got the AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED last week and did some initial tests.

          It’s very good. Definition is already more than usable wide open – slightly soft corners. Optically, it does have quite severe barrel distortion at 18 mm and still some at 35 but which is magically straightened out by setting in-camera Auto Distortion Control (or you can do it later in CNX2). Takes 77mm filters and is light in weight but well made.

          Initial impressions – very impressed. Only slight downside vs an f2.8 lens is darkness of viewfinder image at long end. (This G version was released Jan 2013. Do not confuse with the old D version released Aug 2000, which gets terrible reviews.)

        • true

          How about the 16-35 f4 ? It has VR, which is very good when taking hand hold shots. I can take a 1/6 300mm shot with my tamron http://tinyurl.com/o4t54ae , and I’ve had some pretty good results with the 16-35 too. According the the dxomark http://tinyurl.com/medveyr , the 18-35 is sharper @ 35mm than the 16-35 , but it’s softer @ around 8 aperture . I’m saying, it’s not imo worth the sacrifice of not having VR. And since imo the 16-35 has alot distortion in 16-20 area, the graph showing 18-35 with more distortion in 24-28 area (where the 16-35 actually shines in both sharpness and less distortion than in 16) I think 18-35 might not be “so good”. What about the upcoming sigma WA, 14-24 f4 OS? That could be really good since it apparently can take filters.

  • DB

    Noticed the aliasing on his pants at 5:40? it was recorded with the D800E.

  • rt-photography

    for landscape shooter this isnt really useful. bulbous front so no filters..for now and 2.8 isnt useful. those who need the speed and VC will be drooling. I am. looks very nice. love the shape and I, like many who oppose, love the weight.

    I think theyre going to undercut everyone at $1200 or less

    whats the deal with matt..man hes gained so much weight..

  • Jezz

    No this Grainger tuuurd again! Get him off our screens!!

  • tedtedsen

    According dxomark the Samyang 14mm 2.8 holds water against Zaiss 15mm and blows the canon and Nikon out of the wather according to sharpness but it is bad on drawing stright lines (brickwalls it can resolve more megapixels than the canon .Nikon or Zaiss

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