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Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC USD : Specifications and Opinions

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC USD

The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC USD is a wide-angle lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2014 to 2019 (discontinued). The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1018 €;
131 users have given it an average vote of 9.5 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.

Sony A-mount: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Sony A-mount.

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 Focal lenght   15-30 mm
 Angle of view   110.6 - 71.6°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2.8
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   18 elements in 13 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.28 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.20x

 Zoom type   Ring, interal
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   1100 g
 Dimensions   98 x 145 mm


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sent on May 05, 2017

Pros: Quality, Low Distortion, VC, 2.8, Sharpness at 2.8....

Cons: Wight, none....

Opinion: What for a Monster !!! The Tamron 15-30 is my First Lens from Tamron, and i was very suspicious bevor buying. Read and hera a lot of AF Problems, unsharp Images u.s.w But......... This Lens hit my 14-24 Nikon, (Sharpness at the Corners). For me the best WA i ever had.. (on my Nikon D750). The building and haptic is Top. Distortion and Vignetteing are less, and quickly corrected by Adobe. Image Quality is Phantastic. The VC is perfect for me and my Style (LowLight, People,Concerts). For the Price im very, very Happy !!!! Greets JazzSam

sent on February 19, 2017

Pros: Fantastic image quality and vc I prefer it to the nikon 14-24 just seems edge sharpness wins here .Of cource price is a real winner to be cheaper and less is good but to be cheaper and kick ass is sensational...

Cons: Big and heavy but on the Nikon d810 it's a soooooo fantastic.

Opinion: I had the Samyang 14f2.8 umc and other wa lenses but this is just so much quality in one .But to be honest it's good to see that you dont have to spend hundreds or thousands to achieve top notch .Nikon and Canon need to pretend they are not so big and stop walking on people like they were little ants otherwise the little ants will eat at their feet and stop when there is no ass left .Really these companys are screwing people for after sale services when they start to race with each other,s products they produce crappy cameras and sensors ie d600 oily d800e off alighment sensors sb900 over heat cmon Nikon you charge enough to do a better service .Get rid of the spin doctors and hire some serious design engineers.

sent on November 16, 2015

Pros: Built like a tank, nice contrast, precise autofocus, stabilizator and nice handling.

Cons: Risk to loose lens cap after some time when internal material will become thinner because of friction. Bulbous front element requires safe use and avoiding dropping - plastic fantastic :) No cheap filter system, at least for now. Weight is not a problem - I often have Canon 5D II + Sigma 70-200 F2.8 (1.4 kg) on my neck for all day...

Opinion: After long use of two fixes ( Samyang 14 F2.8 and Zeiss 35 F2.0 ) I am feeling like i get more freedom :) Nice contrast and sharpness, VC allows exposure 1/6 sec on 15 mm from hand. Samy 14 goes for temporary rest and will go to another enthusiast soon. Tamy does not have distracting corner deformation as Samyang though field of view is smaller. For now I am in love with this big beast :)

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sent on October 29, 2021

Pros: Solid construction, sharpness, low distortion, insignificant aberrations, weight, superior optical quality, stabilization

Cons: No screw filters

Opinion: I took this perspective without expecting amazing things, despite the many positive comments. I use it manually on the Lumix S1. What can I say.. a truly incredible goal. The optical quality is very high already at full aperture, it reaches the best from 5.6 onwards. Sharp throughout the frame, very good details and incisiveness, contained distortion and almost absent in the plane, aberrations very well controlled on highlights and backlight .. I thought I didn't have to change my mind, but I did. I am happily amazed by this lens and just in the focal lengths that I love the most .. I recommend it to anyone and I believe that the new version has been improved in terms of AF speed and robustness. I use it manually, with relative calm. On the 24mp sensor of the S1 it is perfect. When needed, it has excellent stabilization. I forgot, among the merits I also put the weight. The optical quality weighs, and it is good, and the feeling of use that returns a glass like this is unique.

sent on September 18, 2021

Pros: Optical quality, focal range, known mirrorless compatibility. Good VC although not of the latest generation.

Cons: Tropicalization absent, astrophotography is not his favorite field (inferior to Nikon), but it is still a 15 mm f2.8.

Opinion: I am an advanced amateur photographer, I have always dreamed of owning a quality wide angle, thanks to this Tamron I have achieved peace of mind. In the past I orbited the wide-angle planet thanks to the Samyang 14mm f2.8 and the Nikon 20-35 mm f2.8, lenses that I bought and resold due to dissatisfaction. The Tamron 15-30 mm f2.8 G1 gravitates right near another star. The sharpness at the edges is extraordinary, clearly not up to a more noble Zeiss Distagon from 4000 euros, but analyzing the files I immediately realized that I had in my hands a lens that allows me to express the artistic vein without compromise, even at the most extreme focal length. At full aperture at 15mm the distortion is pronounced, but it makes no sense to talk about it, since I will never fall below f5.6 when collecting a landscape document. At f14 the distortion is noticeable only in the extreme corners of the frame, if there is now a complex object, while the vignetting is imperceptible. The curvature of the field is less pronounced on this lens at 15mm, than it is at 24mm that of the Tamron 24-70 mm f2.8 G1. I owned this last lens, and as good as it is, I consider it inferior to its wide-angle G1 brother. Tamron in fact gives to the very small focal lengths a greater attention than that which it gives to the other two components of the classical triad. The picture is completed by a fast, silent and precise AF, characteristics, these, that I find in all the USD. The only reason why the G2 descendant is superior to him is tropicalization. Although the G1 is also isolated, I will be careful not to expose it even to the slightest rain. Let's also not forget that the lens under consideration is the only one among the G1 to be compatible with Mirrorless systems, which is no small thing given that its latest Achilles heel, the first generation stabilizer, would be elevated to perfection by a possible mirrorless IBIS. Finally, the weight of this lens is truly remarkable, but the quality at 15 mm is paid. It is not a lens suitable for situations of extreme climbing, for the rest, those who want to amaze with landscapes, strengthen their back with passion, and carry it with them at the cost of feeling their legs give way. Lens that therefore requires a good ball head. While I was making the last point, I remember not mentioning one of the outstanding merits: the focal range. The reason why many professionals choose Tamron wide angles lies in the extra 6mm offered on the normal side. Delighted.

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