15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD SP

5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

Uncompromising quality

Superb corner-to-corner image quality from an ultra-wide-angle zoom.

EISA AwardTamron aims for the highest standards with the SP (Super Performance) lens series. And the new 15-30mm F/2.8 full-frame ultra-wide-angle zoom is a worthy addition. This high-performance zoom lens equals the performance of fixed focal length lenses from 15mm to 30mm, an unprecedented achievement made possible by the development of its unique XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element that effectively controls aberrations and enhances sharpness. In addition, the 15-30mm is the first zoom to combine such a wide range of coverage, a fast F/2.8 aperture, and to offer image stabilization, further proof of Tamron's commitment to innovation and excellence.
XGM lens element for exquisite images – A large diameter XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element is placed in the first lens group of a system that also includes several LD (Low Dispersion) elements in its 18-element, 13-group optical design. This combination effectively controls distortion and chromatic aberrations that typically affect wide-angle lenses.

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Model A012
Lens Construction (Groups/Elements) 13/18
Angle of View 110°32′ – 71°35′ (for full frame format)
85°52′ – 49°54′ (for APS-C format)
Diaphragm Blade Number 9 (circular diaphragm)*
Minimum Aperture F/22
Minimum Focus Distance 11 in.(0.28m)
Macro Magnification Ratio 1:5
Filter Diameter N/A
Weight 1,100 g (38.8 oz)**
Length*** 5.7 in (145mm) for Canon**
5.6 in (142.5mm) for Nikon**
Standard Accessories Lens caps (push-on front, rear)
Hood Integrated flower-shaped hood
Mount Canon, Nikon, Sony A mount****


*This circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
**Length & Weight are based on figures for the Canon-mount & the Nikon-mount lens.
***Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
****The Sony mount does not include the VC image stabilization functionality, as the body of the Sony digital SLR camera includes image stabilization functionality.


eBAND and BBAR Coating.
Tamronʼs proprietary eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating suppresses tangential reflections, while a new generation of BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating has been optimized for ultra-wide angles of view. Together, they effectively correct ghosting and flare, yielding vivid images of extraordinary clarity.

Vibration Compensation enhances photo opportunities.
Responding to the demand for a wide-angle lens suited for handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds, Tamron has created the world’s first F/2 .8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilization. The result is a lens able to capture sharp images even when shooting handheld under low light conditions.

Soft-focus backgrounds at wide-angle settings.
Thanks to its large F/2.8 aperture, this lens lets you soften the foreground or background to dramatically emphasize the subject. And with a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m over its entire focal-length range, it can capture wide-macro effects.

Fluorine coated front element.
Since its large diameter and prominent convex profile prevents deployment of a protective filter, the front element of this lens has a fluorine coating that repels water and dirt, and makes it much easier to remove smudges as well.

Resistant to the elements.
Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Ultrasonic Silent Drive for precise, and quiet autofocus.
The quiet high-torque USD motor ensures autofocusing with precision.


Vibration Compensation

VC (Vibration Compensation) – The VC Image Stabilizer delivers sharp and shake-free images, as well as a smooth viewfinder image.

Super Performance

Super Performance – Tamron’s Super Performance series delivers a range of lenses that meet the highest standards.

eBAND Coating

eBand CoatingeBAND CoatingNano-structured lens coating to protect against unwanted reflection and ghosting.


Ultrasonic Silent Drive

USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) – Powerful ultrasonic motor for quick and dynamic subjects. It is extremely quiet, precise and allows manual control at any time.


LD (Low Dispersion) – Lens element for greater image sharpness and the correction of chromatic aberration.

Internal-Focusing (IF)-System

Internal Focusing (IF) System – The extension length of the lens does not change during focussing and the close focussing distance is significantly reduced across the entire focusing range.

Zoom Lock

Zoom Lock (ZL) Mechanism – Protects against undesired extension of the lens barrel.


2 reviews for 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD SP

  1. 5 out of 5

    I have used this lens on a couple of shoots and I really have to say wow.
    Rich clean darks with a very soft transition to highlights, very rich micro contrast for the price.
    This lens has excellent warmth to it that many modern lenses just do not have.
    Color rendering is also very good and sharpness is top notch.

    I was skeptical at first when purchasing this lens as I have heard mixed things about Tamron’s previous offerings.
    Let me tell you that Tamron has really upped their game with this lens and I would love to try out some of their new lenses.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Very nice lens to use. Slightly heavy but solid consruction requires such. I use this lens for astrophotography mainly and it shines, especialy when mounted on a equitorial mount star tracker. Easy to manually focus on small distant stars and accurate smooth auto focus too for landscape photography. I use this on a Full frame sensor Nikon D750 and also a APS-C size Nikon D7100 and get beautiful results. Best ultra wise zoom lens i have ever used… way to go Tamron!

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