First Look at the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 VC

Photographer Matt Granger (aka ThatNikonGuy) recently had a chance to do a quick hands on with a pre production version of the upcoming Tamron ultra wide angle zoom lens – 15-30mm f2.8 VC, during Photokina 2014 – here are his impressions.

Just prior to Photokina 2014 which ended less than a week ago, Tamron announced that it is working on a new lens – the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD.

The upcoming Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD


Here are some of the features of this upcoming lens (exact release date or price are currently unknown):

  • 15-30mm f/2.8 Full Frame lens for Canon/Nikon mounts.
  • 18 elements in 13 groups including a new XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements (in the video Matt erroneously state that the lens has only 15 elements).
  • eBAND and the improved BBAR coatings for reduced ghosting and flare.
  • Antifouling coating – a first for Tamron – repels water or any type of dirt, while making it easier to remove such smudge when contaminated.
  • 9 blades aperture.
  • Improved Ultrasonic Silent Drive – faster and more accurate AF (with full-time manual focus mechanism).
  • Vibration reduction mechanism – quite unusual in ultra wide angle lenses.

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