I am not sure about you all, but one of the lens announcements that excited me the most coming out of the Photokina/PhotoPlus gauntlet this year was the Tamron 15-30mm F/2.8 VC. This is a full frame, wide angle lens, with image stabilization and an F/2.8 aperture. Until now, though, we had no details on pricing or availability… tamron-15-30mm2

Pricing and Availability of Tamron 15-30mm F/2.8 VC

Tamron has announced the availability and price of the lens in Japan. According to the Tamron release, the lens will start shipping on December 25th with a suggested retail price of ¥140,000, or $1,178. Historically, lenses are still less expensive here in the US than Japanese exchange rates let on, so if we were to guess, the US price will be somewhere around the $1,000 mark. Which, if true, makes this lens even more exciting as it would be many times cheaper than competing lenses, plus have the benefits of image stabilization. tamron-15-30mm

[REWIND: Tamron Announces New 15-30mm F/2.8 VC]

Tamron has really stepped up their game, and along with Sigma, are really giving Nikon and Canon a kick in the the behind with regards to updating and releasing new lenses. Assuming the performance of this lens is similar to its competitors, which given Tamron’s recent history is not a huge leap, this will force Canon/Nikon to either lower the price of their offerings or release new versions which clearly out perform/out feature this new one from Tamron.

You can watch B&H’s Tamron 15-30mm page for updates when the US Price/Availability are confirmed (likely fairly soon).

What are your thoughts on the pricing/performance of this lens? Do you think it will match up well compared to the Canon/Nikon equivalents? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.