Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • XGM and LD Glass Elements
  • Vibration Compensation
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive AF System
  • Built-In Lens Hood
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio Software
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Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

Offering a wide angle of view for full frame cameras, the Canon EF mount Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens is a fast wide-angle zoom lens with Vibration Compensation. The f/2.8 maximum aperture performs well in low-light situations, and provides a shallow depth of field for selective focus. Further benefitting the lens is the VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake to enable the use of longer shutter speeds or smaller apertures when hand-holding in low-light conditions. XGM and LD glass elements reduce chromatic aberrations and help ensure sharp and clear imagery. eBAND and BBAR coatings render uniform colors and reduce ghosting and flare, while a fluorine coating on the front element helps repel water or contaminants.

A USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) autofocus motor provides quick and precise focusing performance, with high torque, low response times, and quiet operation to benefit both still and video applications. Additionally, a full-time manual focus mechanism enables manual fine-tuning of focus at any point, even when the AF system is engaged.

Image Quality
Comprised of 18 elements in 13 groups, including an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements in the system, aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral color are efficiently compensated for, enabling the zoom lens to deliver quality imagery throughout the entire range from corner to corner.
BBAR and eBAND Coatings
BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating renders uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra wide-angle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in sharper and clearer images.
VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism which reduces the effects of camera shake to deliver sharp images in low light and at slower shutter speeds. It is a newly developed three coil system that employs a lighter moving coil mechanism which contributes to its improved performance and overall compact design.
Ultrasonic Motor
USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) Motor is the power for a fast and quiet autofocus drive that works in harmony with the continuous manual focus mechanism.
XGM and LD Glass Elements
An eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical element and Low Dispersion elements in the front group minimize chromatic aberrations and help ensure clear and sharp imagery.
Lens Hood
A built-in lens hood helps block out unwanted light, preventing lens flare, as well as protecting the lens's front element.
A rounded 9-blade diaphragm produces an aesthetic out-of-focus quality that is especially beneficial when working with selective focus or shallow depth of field techniques.
SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron
The SILKYPIX software provides allows you to generate quality images from RAW data, while performing adjustments to reflect your personal style. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras. The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (lateral color, distortion, relative illumination fall-off) referring to the optical design data.
UPC: 725211153016
In the Box
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF
  • Push-On Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 specs

    Focal Length 15 - 30mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 24 - 48 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 110° 32' - 71° 35'
    APS-C Picture Angle: 85° 51' - 49° 53'
    Minimum Focus Distance 11" / .28 m
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
    Optical Design 18 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread None
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.87 x 5.71" / 98.4 x 145 mm
    Weight 2.43 lb / 1.1 kg
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    Package Weight 3.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 7.0 x 5.1"

    Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 reviews

    SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 42.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharp, fast ultra-wide angle Having lived with my Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 a while, I find it to be a solid, tank-like pro lens, easily at least the peer of the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L. Autofocus is fast, though not quite on par with the legendary 70-200 2.8L. Sharpness is excellent, all the way to the perimeters at 15mm. Artifacts are visible at that extreme, but less severe than the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L. I do miss the ability to use a protective UV filter, feel that glorious glass dome on the nose of the Tamron to be vulnerable. One cool thing I especially like about the Tamron is the cool star diffraction from the zillion or so aperture petals this lens apparently sports.
    Date published: 2016-01-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb optics, durable build quality I replaced Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II with this lens mainly because the Canon barrel cracked 3 times during the 5 years I owned it. I needed a lens that was durable for off-road publication photography, yet optically superb for landscape work. This Tamron lens met both criteria. I am very pleased with the optical performance, and the build quality is amazing. Only drawback is the inability to attach a protection filter, so I picked up a used Canon 17-40 f/4L to serve as my off-road lens, and I reserve this Tamron for landscape and stage performance photography. This Tamron works well with my 5D Mark III and 6D.
    Date published: 2015-12-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really this is a a very good 18-25mm lens Having worked with this lens for a couple of months the limitations are clear but the results within those limitations are good. First, if sharpness and CA using full frame is important from edge to edge one thing stands out- 15mm is a no no - frame your image back a few milimeters to 17-18mm and you will have an acceptable result. 15mm is a bridge too far for full frame stills. Around 22mm seems to be a great place for this lens. Shooting video at 15mm is OK as using a 16:9 crop avoids at the softness/CA, and f2.8 allows for most twilight video at 800-1000 ISO with workable results. The VC works well in a giro combination for aerials, although the lens is heavy.
    Date published: 2015-06-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great walk around landscape lens and excellent for astro. I purchased this lens because I wanted something a little bit more versatile than my Rokinon 14MM, which I love. The Tamron has much less distortion at the corners yet is still tack sharp like the Rokinon. I found it worked great for astro with little coma or distortion and best of all the ability to move up to 30mm at f2.8. The only issue I could find in the two weeks that I have shot with it during a trip to Utah, is significant lens flare. In all fairness, I only had these issues when shooting sunrise or sunset and the sun was significantly bright but in comparison to to other lenses I have used in similar situations the Tamron seemed to have more flare than normal. That being said, it is still a fantastic lens I would purchase it again.
    Date published: 2017-08-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharpest ultra wide angle zoom I use this lens with a 6D and they work really well together. It has a massive build quality with modern plastics and a huge bulbous front element. The front cap could be fixed more tighter but it's ok for me. This lens is sharper and handles the different optical aberrations better than it's Canon rivals (Canon 16-35 f/2.8 and f/4 IS) and outperforms the category leader Nikon 14-24 too in almost every aspects! I use it a lot in low light situations so the stabilization is useful for me. I think the Tamrons IS-technology is very effective, I used to have a feeling that the picture is glued to one point. The handling of coma is very good so it's a very good choice for astro-photography. Some people can worry about the weight and the lack of normal filters. These are no problems for me so I'm very happy with it. I think the former king Nikon 14-24 had been passed so this is the new leader in the ultra wide angle zoom category.
    Date published: 2016-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased witht the performance and versitility The first place I took this lens to go shoot was at Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. The versatility of having the ultra wide 15mm to the 30mm gave me an ample amount of opportunities to shoot. It performs well in low light focusing as well as close up focusing. Images are sharp throughout from corner to corner. The only drawback that I see is that this lens is quite heavy. Not an issue for me but may be for some. The heaviness does come from the exceptional build quality of this lens. For the quality, performance and price point of this lens I definitely recommend it.
    Date published: 2017-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Chunk Of Glass This lens offers excellent sharp optical performance, very nice contrast and color depth for a reasonable price. Vibration Compensation is an added bonus, fast at F2.8 throughout the zoom range, robust construction, quick, accurate focusing and nearly silent, vignetting is very good controlled (better than Canon's �16-35MM 2.8L III) and the chromatic aberration is decent for a super wide angle lens like this.... Beautiful Gucci like slick design; wish it was a little less heavy (this thing is heavy) and the zoom ring a bit less resistant as the focusing ring, overall fantastic lens for the price, note: must be careful not to get the bulbous front element damaged since it can not accept traditional filters. I truly believe this lens can hold a candle to the OEM .� I love it!
    Date published: 2018-03-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must have This lens is so nice and sharp I was looking for a sharp lens and a wide angle one Been lost between canon's ef 16-35 f/4IS USM (very sharp)and canon's ef 16-35 f/2.8ii USM (2.8 is good) and this one Well it is the best of both world combining the larger aperture of the 16-35 f/2.8 ii and almost the sharpness of 16-35 f/4 Also it has VC which is like IS I would have given it 5 stars but there are 2 main downsides The first which I don't personally care about and it is the weight and size And IT HAS NO FILTER MOUNT:/:/
    Date published: 2016-02-05
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