Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di USD Lens (Sony A)

Model #AFA012S-700

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Dimensions (DxL) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Filter Thread None


Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 110° 32' - 71° 35'
APS-C Picture Angle: 85° 51' - 49° 53'
Minimum Focus Distance 11" (.28 m)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Focal Length 15 - 30mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 22.5 - 45 mm
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Elements/Groups 18/13
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22


Tripod Collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
31 August 2015

The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is an ambitious, ultra-wide zoom lens with a fixed f/2.8 aperture and image stabilization, but like most lenses of this type, it shows significant distortion.

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    Sharp. Optically stabilized. Maximum f/2.8 aperture throughout zoom range. Integrated lens hood. Ultra-wide field of view. Close focus capability. Available for Canon, Nikon, and Sony systems.

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    Lots of distortion. Bulky. No filter support. Some flare issues.

3 July 2017

During the course of several days, I grew to love the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di FC USD more and more. What I soon realized is that my 24-70mm f/2.8 optic may be a nice, all-around glass, but it pales in comparison when it comes to shooting architecture and capturing dramatic perspectives.

Steve s digicams.32814386
19 May 2015

The Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD ultra-wide zoom lens provides great low-light performance with the their vibration correction optical image stabilization to give a great ultra-wide zoom lens. Although large, it is easy to handle while shooting.

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    Comfortable and easy to operate, for a while, f/2.8 and VC provide great low-light and handheld performance, Controls aberrations and distortions very well, Sharp images, even when shooting wide open, Moisture resistant construction allows you to use the lens in most climates

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    Large and heavy, will wear you out after some time, Lens shape prohibits the use of protective and creative filters

The digital picture.34755376
24 March 2015

For those wanting a full frame ultra-wide angle focal length range (or any focal length under 24mm) with an f/2.8 aperture and image stabilization, there is no other option. Fortunately, that sole option is a good one.

Photo net.34752471
29 July 2015

The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD , ( ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ) is a very good lens. It’s very sharp in the center and still pretty good out to the edges on full frame cameras, even wide open. Additionally, the stabilization is effective to the extent of maybe 2 stops at 15mm and 3 stops at 30mm.

The phoblographer.34645560
16 August 2015

When it comes to creating excellent wide-angle photos and giving the most bang for the buck to photographers, Tamron seems to have the formula almost perfect. With great colors, excellent sharpness, and a very versatile focal length range, a photographer would be thrilled to have the Tamron 15-30mm...

19 June 2015

This ultra-wide angle lens from Tamron sports a fast constant aperture of f/2.8 and as it is one of Tamron's 'SP' lenses, it sports rugged build quality and a dust and weather sealed construction.

D photo and the photographer s mail.34355142
5 May 2015

We’ve had the Tamron SP 15–30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens in the D-Photo office this month and we’ve been experimenting with what it can do. It didn’t take us very long to realize that this lens is a clear competitor for the Canon 16–35mm 2.8 II lens, as one of the few wide-angle lenses on the market...

18 March 2015

This 15-30mm lens from Tamron offers excellent optical performance for a reasonable price. Vibration Compensation is an added bonus, especially if your photography tends to require shooting at slow shutter speeds handheld.

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    Excellent sharpness throughout the range in the centre and towards the edges when stopped down, Effective Vibration Compensation system, Good value, Robust build quality, Moisture resistant construction

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    Not as sharp towards the edges at maximum aperture, Slight wave to distortion pattern may make corrections more difficult to apply in software afterwards

Lenstip com.34355424
17 March 2015

You can argue long and loudly whether it is easier to design a 15-30 mm or a 14-24 mm lens. You can also discuss passionately what is more important: one millimeter at the wide end or six millimeters at the long one.

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    solid casing,, sensational image quality in the frame centre,, good image quality on the edge of the APS-C/DX sensor,, acceptable image quality on the edge of full frame,, negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,, properly corrected lateral chromatic aberration,, slight spherical aberration,,...

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    significant distortion on the wide angle of full frame,, work against bright light could have been better.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
24 March 2017

This is a quality lens optically and mechanically. My comments realate to a sample size of 1, mine, mounted on a D800E. It is a fast ultra wide zoom not a prime.What this lens does that other lenses do not:Vibration Compensation - Yes this is useful.

23 July 2017

This lens does an incredible job. I own a Sigma 24 mm lens and it is good but I love this lens because it will go to 15 mm on the wide end and it takes wonderful night sky, Milky Way photos. I took some last night with this lens and I believe it is superior to the Sgma and a Rokinon that I also own.

31 July 2015

Very Sharp at f/2.8 15mm across the lens Best 15-30 mm zoom for the price $1,199 Nice to have VC if you need it Like having the extra zoom 24-30 6 year warranty Feels like a very solid lens

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    Very Sharp at f/2.8 15mm across the lens Best 15-30 mm zoom for the price $1,199 Nice to have VC if you need it Like having the extra zoom 24-30 6 year warranty Feels like a very solid lens

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    Maybe a bit heavy for some people No filter kit yet Doesn't say Nikon on it, a problem for some.

Abt electronics.32817785
8 October 2015

Awesome lens.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction

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14 August 2017

I am using this lens for around 6 month with Nikon D750, ordered it especially for my Himalayan trek(s). The build of the lens is superb (so it's weight .. ;)). It feels rock-solid in hand and definitely a pain in the neck if you carry for long time.

12 August 2017

I am using this lens for around 6 month with Nikon D750, ordered it especially for my Himalayan trek(s). The build of the lens is superb (so it's weight .. ;)). It feels rock-solid in hand and definitely a pain in the neck if you carry for long time.

10 August 2017

You can find many reviews of this lens, stating it's good. I agreed. It's a bit heavy and unhandy, but really sturdy! Sharp pics. Really lives up to expectations. Not the best travel lens due to size and weight. If you use filters, it's not the best. Regular filters won't fit.

B h photo.32817553
3 August 2017

Only Con I notice is some flare when shooting wide open

B h photo.32817553
28 July 2017

Such a great lens for a good price. It works really well indoors and for outdoor landscapes.

26 July 2017

Good results so far.

Product Highlights
  • Sony A Full Frame Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • XGM and LD Glass Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive AF System
  • Built-In Lens Hood
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio Software
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In The Box
  • Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di USD Lens (Sony A)
  • Push-On Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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