Tam­ron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD £850, $1200

A rel­a­tively new, high-qual­ity FX con­tender

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Launched last year, Tam­ron’s ul­tra-wide FX-for­mat zoom is much more up­mar­ket than its 10-24mm DX lens. It boasts ring-type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus, op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion and a fast f/2.8 aper­ture that is avail­able through­out the zoom range. The max­i­mum view­ing angle is al­most as wide as from the Nikon 14-24mm, but nar­rower than from the Sigma 12-24mm. Like these two com­peti­tors, the Tam­ron has a built-in lens hood.

High-end glass in­cludes a large XGM (eX­panded Glass Moulded As­pher­i­cal) el­e­ment in the front group, with sev­eral more as­pher­i­cal and LD (Low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments fur­ther back. The weather-re­sis­tant con­struc­tion in­cludes a flu­o­rine coat­ing on the front el­e­ment.


The Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion sta­biliser is worth about two f-stops in hand­held shoot­ing (al­most as ca­pa­ble as the VR sys­tem in the Nikon 16-35mm). You need to stop down to f/5.6 for good sharp­ness around the edges but over­all im­age qual­ity is ex­cel­lent, mak­ing this out­stand­ing value at the price.


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