Tamron Announces Full Frame 15–30mm f/2.8 VC


Tamron has announced the development of the much rumoured 15–30mm f/2.8 VC full frame lens. The SP 15-30mm f/2.8 DI VC USD lens, which will be available for Canon, Nikon and Sony Alpha mounts is surely bound to shake up the market because of several firsts.

Not only is this Tamron’s first foray into the full frame ultrawide arena, it is also the first ever full frame wide angle lens that boasts of f/2.8 and image stabilisation. Until now, the only two ultrawide zooms that have been stabilised, have been the Nikkor 16–35mm f/4 VR and the Canon 16–35mm f/4 IS.

In terms of optical technologies, the lens has an ultrasonic focusing motor and a nine-bladed aperture diaphragm. It has a proprietary eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular Dependency) coating, which is similar to nanotechnology based coating. This coating, along with the company’s proprietary BBAR (BroadBand Anti Reflection) coating, aims to reduce unwanted reflections and ghosting, especially when shooting against the light.

At 1.1kg, this is a heavy lens, and bigger than other f/2.8 wide angle zooms. That said, the fact that the company has managed to include VC in a fast-aperture wide angle zoom, is fantastic, especially for video professionals and low light photographers. At this moment, it is unclear whether the Sony version will have VC and be this large/heavy, since Sony Alpha cameras have in-built stabilisation anyway.

We recently spoke to Eesh Dewan, imaging consultant at Tamron India Pvt Ltd, about this unique lens. Here’s what he had to say.

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