Today will be gear announcement overload thanks to Photokina. Next up is Tamron, who announced a new 15-30mm F/2.8 lDi VC USD lens for full frame cameras.


Yesterday, I mentioned the rumor that this lens was coming and sure enough, here we have it. This new Tamron 15-30mm is a beast, not just in that it is a full frame F/2.8 wide angle, but it is actually pretty hefty in the weight department. Weighing in at 38.8 oz, the lens weighs more than the Nikon 14-24mm.

The lens comes with a built in hood, which is nice -in my opinion – because it’s one less accessory you have to lug around and lose. As far as optical design goes, the lens is comprised of 18 elements in 13 groupings that produces a field of view of 110° 32’–71°35′ (for full frame format) and  85°51’–49°53′ (for APS-C format), with an 11 inch minimum focus distance.

Tamron 15-30mm F/2.8 Specs


  • Focal Length: 15-30mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F/2.8
  • Lens Construction: 18 Elements in 13 Groups
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11 inches
  • Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:5
  • Maximum Diameter: 98.4mm
  • Length: 5.7in (5.6in for Nikon Version)
  • Weight: 38.8 oz.
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9
  • Minimum Aperture: F/22
  • Compatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony

Overall, I feel like this looks like a good option just based on the specs. We will have to wait and see as far as the price and availability. But this looks promising from Tamron, stay tuned and we will update you about the pricing, availability and pre-ordering options once that information is made available.


What are your thoughts on this new Tamron lens? Does the weight turn you off at all? Leave a comment below!