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Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD: reviewed!

Postby Thomas » Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:15 pm

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another interesting lens for full-frame bodies from Tamron.
- it has a more useful range than the Nikon 14-24/2.8 (see my review of that lens here).
- Like the optically excellent Nikkor it does not sport a filter-thread.
- It is stabilized! Nikon's stabilized short zoom is the AF-S 16-35/4.0G VR (see my review here)
- It is quite a monster of a lens at 143 x 98mm / 5.6 x 3.9“ and 1100g / 38.8 ounces weight. The Nikon 14-24/2.8 is 132 x 98mm (5.2 x 3.9 in) at 1,000 g (35.3 oz.)
- construction: 18 lenses in 13 groups
- minimum focus distance / magnification: 0.28m / 1:5. This sounds quite useful but is not extraordinary close/large.
Didn't find anything on price and availability in the official announcements but at the Photokina booth I was informed to expect the lens at the end of this year at something around 1200 EUR.

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I must give it to Tamron: the design and the surface looks pretty good.

At Photokina the lens was only presented in a glass display. So no chance to handhold or take some test-shots with it. But I can confirm that this is easily the biggest, largest wide-angle zoom that I've ever seen. It easily outclasses the Nikon 14-24/2.8 in that respect and is about the size of the new Zeiss 85/1.4 Otus!
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD - official thread - announced

Postby Thomas » Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:26 pm

(Nkon)rumor(s) has it, that the lens should become available now and cost around 1100 USD list-price.
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD - official thread - announced

Postby Thomas » Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:29 pm

There's an internet-shop listing the lens at 1000 GBP / 1280 EUR. But the shop says: "PRICE AND AVAILABILITY TBC".
So at least we have some idea of pricing and that looks to be four-figure...
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD - official thread - announced

Postby Thomas » Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:46 pm

1200 USD it seems to be the US price. No news on availability yet.
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD - official thread - announced

Postby RexGig » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:30 am

A reviewer with a pre-production sample posted landscape images that included the night sky. It seems the pre-production lens has very little sagittal coma flare. Hopefully, the production lenses will be as good!
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD - official thread - announced

Postby Thomas » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:19 pm

Hmm, some Internet-shops do list the lens (for Nikon) but at a price of 1299 EUR some even at 1399 EUR (incl. 19% VAT).
Just ordered one.
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD - official thread - testing

Postby Thomas » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:00 pm

Testing just started, centering of the lens seems OK.
First off to the usual Siemens stars shot at 40x focal length = from 1.2 m distance at 30mm focal length down to 0.45 m at 15mm.
Looks pretty promising so far.
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD: review in progress

Postby Thomas » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:48 pm

Well, looking closer, the centering of the lens is not too good, but that fortunately did not effect the areas where I normally take my test-crops from.
Got a second copy now but that is also decentered :cry:
But you can read everything I found out so far in my review-in-progress here.
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD: reviewed!

Postby Thomas » Mon May 11, 2015 6:03 pm

Got a second copy that was better centered and concluded my review with lots of comparisons to the (once) king of the hill of ultra wide angle zooms: the Nikon AF-S 14-24/2.8G.
The Tamron now is the new benchmark!
Read it all over here.
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD: reviewed!

Postby RexGig » Tue May 12, 2015 4:25 pm

Thanks for the time you spent reviewing this lens. Now that I have acquired a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G, I am probably less likely to acquire this Tamron, though the Tammie's good performance with coma means it may yet find a place among our lenses, for night shooting, especially as my wife looks favorably upon Tamron. It was a then-new Nikon D300s, issued to her by her employer, that caused her to become dedicated to Nikon cameras, but the lens was a Tamron, so benefited from the "halo effect," and she now owns the same model Tamron zoom. (She was an Olympus fan in her film days.)
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD: reviewed!

Postby Thomas » Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:56 pm

Now that you have both lenses in your family, you can compare and choose yourself :wink:
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Re: Tamron 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD: reviewed!

Postby RexGig » Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:54 pm

Perhaps I was not clear; my wife does not yet have the 15-30/2.8 VC. She has a Tamron 18-200mm DI II, which is mounted on one of her D7000 cameras. It matches the Tamron lens issued to her by her (now former) employer, which is what I meant by the "same" lens. The medical examiner issued Tamron lenses for several years; the ones I saw were 28-75mm and 18-200mm. The county commissioners are known for being quite frugal, so while they were willing to fund Nikon D200, D300, and D300s cameras, they chose to fund budget-minded optics.

I/We may well buy a Tamron 15-30/2.8 VC later this year, or next year.
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