Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (Nikon F)

Model #AFA012N-700

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Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.87 x 5.63" (98.4 x 143 mm)
Filter Thread None


Camera Mount Type Nikon F
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 Yes
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.

Steve s digicams.32814386
19 May 2015

The new Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD ultra-wide zoom lens was designed for professional photographers looking for a sharp lens that performs very well in low-light. One of the first ultra-wide lenses available on the market to feature optical image stabilization, it works well with the f/2.8...

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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

13 May 2015

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.

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.

Digital photography school.32822989
20 May 2015

Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Background While I was at WPPI this past year I got to meet our illustrious managing editor Darlene Hildebrandt. We walked the expo floor for a bit and I was introduced to a number of people by Darlene. We talked with some of the people over at Tamron and had some of …

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
29 March 2015

I just got this lens a few days ago and thus far it has impressed me. I am currently using an A7r with Metabones Mk IV adapter and I was worried about compatibility or image quality issues. Fortunately, the Tamron 15-30mm works like a charm with the MB IV.

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    Consistent Output

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Review buydig com.33956271
31 March 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.

1 June 2015

Love this lens, stays sharp and contrasty even wide open. Super quick AF performance (on my Nikon D750). The lens is massive at over 2.5lb... And it features a very useful wide angle zoom range of 15-30mm, compared to the limited 14-24mm Nikon AF-s.

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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Product Highlights
  • Nikon F Full Frame Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • XGM and LD Glass Elements
  • Vibration Compensation
  • 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 VC USD Lens (Nikon F)
  • Push-On Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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