Tamron’s upgraded 15-30mm f/2.8 lens promises better image quality, improved AF and vibration compensation

Aug 31, 2018

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Tamron’s upgraded 15-30mm f/2.8 lens promises better image quality, improved AF and vibration compensation

Aug 31, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Tamron has introduced a new and improved version of their 15-30mm f/2.8 lens. The SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 promises a lot of improvements over its predecessor. Some of them include better overall image quality, as well as faster and more accurate AR and improved VC (vibration compensation). So, let’s jump in and see more details of the latest Tamron’s lens and what it has to offer.

The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and it comes in two mounts:  Canon EF and Nikon F. Tamron has designed and implemented a new AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) Coating. It’s designed especially for wide-angle lenses, and the company promises reduced ghosting and flare, and “exceptionally clear image quality edge to edge.” The fluorine coating on the front element has also been improved, which makes the lens easier to clean and more resistant to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture, and fingerprints. Additionally, the lens is also moisture-resistant.

Another novelty is the improved AF performance. In the second generation of Tamron’s 15-30mm f/2.8 lens, the USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) promises faster, highly-responsive, and silent AF operation. The VC mechanism has also been improved compared to the previous model. According to Tamron, the lens reaches 4.5 stops of vibration compensation, which should make it easier to get sharp photos in low-light, handheld or with slower shutter speeds.

Here are the full specs of the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2:

Performance
Focal Length 15 – 30mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View 110° 32′ – 71° 35′
Minimum Focus Distance 11.02″ / 28 cm
Magnification 0.2x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Optical Design 18 Elements in 13 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.87 x 5.61″ / 98.4 x 142.5 mm
Weight 2.42 lb / 1100 g

The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is available for preorders. The Nikon version will start shipping on 21 September, while Canon shooters who preorder the lens will wait until 12 October current year. Both models cost $1,299.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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