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Tamron SP AFA012C700 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Wide-Angle Lens for Canon EF Cameras
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- Vibration Compensation for sharper images
- USD Ultrasonic Silent Motor for quick and quiet focusing.Minimum Focus Distance-11" (.28 m)
- 9 blade round aperture for ideal bokeh effects
- Works with full frame DSLR cameras
- Fast 2.8 maximum Aperture
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|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 4 x 5.7 inches|
|Item Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Lens Design||Fixed Zoom|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||6 Years|
|Maximum Focal Length||30|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm Full Frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||15|
|Shipping Weight||3.2 pounds|
|Style Name||for Canon|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Nikon F (FX)||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||auto-focus||auto-focus||Ring-type ultrasonic||manual-focus||manual-focus||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 5.7 x 4 in||4 x 5.6 x 4 in||3.27 x 4.45 x 3.27 in||3.43 x 3.78 x 3.43 in||83 x 4 x 83 in||3.46 x 4.61 x 3.46 in|
|Item Weight||2.5 lbs||2.5 lbs||1.36 lbs||1.22 lbs||1.4 lbs||1.82 lbs|
|Lens Type||wide-angle||wide-angle||Zoom lens||wide-angle-prime||Wide-angle||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||30||30 millimeters||35 millimeters||14 millimeters||24 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||15||15 millimeters||16 millimeters||14 millimeters||24 millimeters||24 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||—||—||77 millimeters||—||—||82 millimeters|
The Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 DI VC USD (MODEL A012) offers superb image quality and performance. Able to cover modern full frame DSLRs, the 15-30 zoom range offers great versatility in all photographic situations. With an optical construction of 18 elements in 13 groups and XGM (expanded Glass Molded Spherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements in the system, aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral color are efficiently compensated for enabling the zoom lens to deliver outstanding image quality throughout the entire range from corner to corner. Due to the large diameter and the prominent convex profile of the front element, it is not practical to use a protective filter. For the first time, a fluorine coating is applied to the front element, which repels water or any type of dirt, while making it easier to remove such smudge when contaminated. Tamron's Ultrasonic Silent Drive delivers tack-sharp images due to the high torque and fast response speed with least amount of lag time, yet with extremely low acoustic noise. Equipped with a full-time manual focus mechanism, fine focus adjustments are enabled without exiting from the AF mode. Natural and smooth blur on the subject background enhances depictive capabilities of wide-angle photography when a subject is located in the close distance. The 9-blade diaphragm construction retains a near-circular aperture opening even when stopped down by two steps from its full open position and delivers ideal bokeh effects. Recognizing the needs for image stabilization capability on a wide-angle lens voiced by a number of photographers, especially for a full-frame, fast F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens category, VC is tuned for providing discernible competence throughout the entire zoom range. The feature enhances image depicting capabilities for shooting night scenes and under low light conditions.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is big and heavy but well built and filters if you decide to get them are pricey but you can fix the clouds effect with LR.
I totally recommended, I'm very very happy with the results. Give the try to Tamron.!! :D
The buyer should be aware that this lens is big and heavy but worth every ounce.
The lens is sharp and the VC works fantastic. Build like a brick and heavy like one too!
I did not have the issues with excessive chromatic aberration other reviews had mentioned. There is a slight amount but nothing that couldn't easily been fixed in post.
As you can see from my sample pictures with the lens at 15mm, you can get full car interior pictures (I take lots of classic/antique car pictures) as well as giving the pictures a slight fish-eye feel.
Photos are sharp at wide open, as good as 16-35 F4L IS at F4. Just a reminder, this is a 2.8.
15mm is wider than 16mm.
VC is very useful at low light for handheld.
Some observations, it seems to me that this lens at higher aperture (say F5.6 or F8) requires more light (longer shutter) than other lens (24-70 2.8L)at the same aperture and at similar focal length.
Focusing is fast and accurate. However, on my 5D3, there was a bit of focusing hunting at low light.
Build quality :
The lens is quiet big and heavy and has superb build quality. With a camera like 5D mark iii it still feels balanced but might be a bit cumbersome for any Rebel body.
Image quality :
I took the lens on my trip to Bigsur and the images came out to be absolutely stunning. Generally images tends to get soft in corners at faster aperture and with such wide angle but even on heavily cloudy evening the images were quiet sharp with f2.8. The softness and distortion at corners are very well controlled.
Advantages over canon L lenses :
There are couple of options from canon when you think of wide angle like Canon 16-35 mm f2.8 and newly released and well appreciated canon 17-35 mm f4 but the former lack the image stabilization where the later one lack the fast f2.8 aperture. This is where Tamron 15-30 mm comes in with fast f2.8 aperture and image stabilization (Vibration compensation or VC as per Tamron's terminology).
With a price of $1199 Tamron has found a sweet spot between the 2 canon ultra wide angle lenses by combining the best things from two.
The lens element bulges out for the widest focal length of 15mm and it is well guarded with a fix metal lens hood to avoid any accidental damage. That also makes this lens incompatible for any filters. This could be a deciding factor for purchasing the lens for few but not for mine.
Overall Its a superb ultra wide angle lens with fast f2.8 aperture that delivers great pictures.
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