Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) lens pricing and availability announced

Tamron Japan announced the pricing and availability of their new SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) lens for Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras (the Sony version will be released later): shipping in Japan will start on December 25th, the suggested retail price is ¥140,000 (around $1,178, expect US price to be lower). The detailed technical specifications of the lens can be found here.

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) lens design:

Tamron SP 15-30mm f:2.8 Di VC USD Model A012 lens design
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) lens MTF charts:

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) lens sample photos can be found here, here and here:

Check the US pricing and availability at B&H and Adorama (still not available at the time of this post):


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  • santarock

    Finally a really tough fight for the 16-35 & the 14-24 Nikon

    • DStudio

      Perhaps you could explain what “the” 16-35 is, since I can think of four of them (in these three mounts) right now!?

      • santarock

        Hey i mean the 16-35 f/4 nikon VR

        • DStudio

          That would make sense, especially with them being in a similar price range.

          I doubt it will challenge the 14-24 that much, when you *really* get down to image quality. But it certainly creates the perception of rivaling it, given its f/2.8 aperture.

          • HF

            Given that it seems to be designed with 50MP FF sensors in mind, it could challenge the 14-24.

          • DStudio

            I’ll believe it when I see it.

            No one ever had to tell me how good the 14-24 was. The first time I saw photos from it I knew. The quality is so good it matches or beats other DSLR WA primes.

          • HF

            That’s certainly true, the pictures will show it.
            I really like what I see from the 20/1.8G from Nikon, however, much less focus breathing and slightly better performance (Lloyd Chambers had a nice comparison with the 14-24 on his pay-site). If Nikon made a 15mm/2.8G prime, I would prefer that to the zoom.

          • DStudio

            That’s true, the 20/1.8G did look like it produced nice results, from what little I saw. In fact the whole f/1.8G line is pretty nice – especially for the price.

            But as you imply, 20mm isn’t quite the same as 14 or 15mm.

          • Nikon makes a 14mm f/2.8 prime. What’s wrong with that?

          • HF

            Heavy, sharp from f5.6 on only, not cheap.

    • Paco Ignacio

      Anything can be as good or better than the 16-35.

      • santarock

        Why Paco r u not satisfied with the 16-35 f/4 VR?

        • Paco Ignacio

          It’s soft at the corners (even at f/8), a lot of distortion, image quality is so-so. Even the new Nikon 18-35 is as good as this lens.

          Just not worth the price.

          • I beg to differ here. Corners are OK by f8, not tack sharp, but good enough. A fairly wide center area is sharp wide open, and very sharp stopped down a bit.

            In terms of colours, micro-contrast, flare resistance and quality, the sunstars this lens produces – all fantastic. This lens has character. Distortion is easy to take care of, because it is a regular barrel type (no moustache or wavy pattern) – I don’t even see it since I have lens corrections applied during import. Only downside: an almost imperceptible loss in sharpness (really field irrelevant) and the lens is effectively 16.5mm wide instead of 16.

            This is a pro grade lens capable of pro grade work – I shot many magazine covers with this lens (mostly architecture/interiour design). I also use it for most of my more conceptual portraiture work, and at events where I can use off-camera TTL.

            All wide angle images on my portfolio were taken with this lens: http://molnarcs.500px.com

  • That’s slightly less than I was expecting.

    I suspect this lens will be a huge hit; from the sample images, it looks like an amazing performer.

    • santarock

      and also we dont have to forget the Tammy 15-30 is with VC and the 14-24 not

      • Neopulse

        Doesn’t really need it. But nice try though.

        • You might not need VC at 2.8, but you can still stop it down to f/5.6 and get sharp handheld images in low light with a great depth of field.

          • Neopulse

            That is true though. Have to admit.

  • Zos Xavius

    Cheap quite frankly. Too bad Tammy dropped Pentax. 🙁

    • DStudio

      I suspect they’re waiting for Pentax to have a Full Frame DSLR to mount it on.

  • rt-photography

    From the mtf chart this will surpass the 14-24. And thats quite a feat

    Less money better performance stabilized and weather sealing with a flourine coating in front. Man I cant wait to see what this can do.

    This is gonna kill nikon canon sales.

    • Eric Calabros

      How much of 24-70 market share belongs to Tamron? Its not first time a third party lens maker makes a good lens

      • rt-photography

        Lets wait and see eric. At $1000 bucks the par

        • Trond Erik Brekke

          That’s just it. There’s always those that favors name brand over third party brands, like Tamron and Sigma, even if they are second to the third party product. I wouldn’t consider changing my Tamrons for their Nikon equivalents, just because they are that good. I will surely get this 15-30mm if it holds up to the 14-24mm. And if it does, and I get it, another Nikon Nikkor will be sold. Nikon really need to step up their lens game.

  • Andreas Ursin Hellebust

    Sony must be very happy about their share of Tamron. Suddenly Tamron is up there with the 2 big boys after decades of mediocre products. The 24-70 2.8 and this 15-30 2.8 will murder sales for Canikon equivalents. Even if the FE-mount version comes half a year later for Sony, they’ve taken so much of Canikon sales that Sony will surely be the number 1 camera maker for full frame soon.

    As a Nikon enthusiast and slight Sony-disliker, that’s bad I guess. But Nikon is also too slow in innovation. If they’d gone for the moviemaker target group, they could take on all the big ones and produced a killer camera, since they have no pro video department to worry about cannibalizing (unlike Sony, Panasonic, Canon, and lots of other smaller manufacturers).

    The perfect Nikon would be a full-frame mirrorless with the smoothest/fastest-mounting adapter on the market for compatibility with Nikon F-mount and its flange distance. In this way Nikon could also smoothly introduce the best, newest lens mount on the market, as well as keep their hordes of old enthusiasts. Of course this camera would also produce 4K without any limitations in bandwidth. This camera should be as good or better than Red One cine cameras and competing 4K cinecams, the Sony A7-line and Canon’s “DSLR-gone-cinecam” Cxxx line. Nikon would get lot of sales, but of course get some enemies in the process 🙂

    I guess time will tell who is still standing.

    • Cinekpol

      There won’t be any FE version. It’s a DSLR lens, not mirrorless. If anything – they will release A-mount verstion – which is a win-win – FE shooters can use it with adapter while A-mount shooters will be able to use it as well.

  • fjfjjj

    There’s something very pleasant about all of these sample images. Let’s see if they hold up at high resolution.

  • wallybrooks

    It’s interesting to see that the innovation in lens design is coming from companies like Tamron and Sigma while the dinosaurs like Canon and Nikon are complacent “sleeping while driving”!

  • Pat Mann

    Nice to have this added to the wide options. I look forward to a shootout between the 14-24, the 15 Zeiss, and this monster.

    • tedtedsen

      when it coms to sharpness the samyang 14mm 2.8 is sharper than Zaiss 15mm and canons 14mm according to dxomark it resolves more megapixels on the Nikon d810 than zaiss canon or nikon

  • Aldo

    Sexy… I hope is 700 bucks… is it full frame?

  • NBMZ

    Nice lens indeed…has much potential.

    But from the look of that bulbous front element…it will suffer the same problem that the nikkor has with it’s 14-24 – No screw on filters. That bites! 🙁

    I guess I’ll be keeping the 14-24 for now…and on the hunt for some inexpensive filter attachments…

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