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Gear Reviews

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD | Unboxing and Initial Thoughts

By Matthew Saville on March 25th 2015

This lens is a monster! If size and weight are any indicator (and yet if price is not), then we have a new champion of ultra-wide f/2.8 full-frame lenses: The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD.

Specs:
Price: $1200 (from B&H)
Angle of view: 110°-71°
Weight: 1,100 G / 38.8 oz / 2.43 lbs
Dimensions: 3.87″x5.71″
Glass:
XMG & LD Glass Elements
Fluorine coating
eBAND and BBAR coating
Autofocus: Ultrasonic Silent Drive AF
Aperture: 9-blade rounded diaphragm

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There are all sorts of opinions out there on the various key features of the lens that I am about to review. It’s a third-party lens. It’s partly made of plastic. It’s got stabilization, even though it’s an ultra-wide f/2.8 lens. Oh, and it weighs almost 2.5 lbs.  That’s a whopping 1.1 KG, almost as much as a 70-200mm f/2.8.

Ironically, while many armchair spectators on the internet would pick one of those first items as a reason for trash-talking, none of them bother me. The one thing standing between me and purchasing this lens is that last fact: it feels like you’re attaching a brick to the front of your camera.

That is usually a very good indicator of quality, though, as I already mentioned. Therefore, I will approach my review of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 with a very open mind. We’ll put it through its paces at weddings, portrait sessions, and of course my favorite