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Superb corner-to-corner image quality from an ultra-wide-angle zoom. The 15-30mm is the first zoom to combine such a wide range of coverage, a fast F/2.8 aperture, and to offer image stabilization, further proof of Tamron's commitment to innovation and excellence.

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  • A012
  • 5.6 in.
  • 38.8 oz
  • Canon, Nikon & Sony

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Product Overview

Superb corner-to-corner image quality from an ultra-wide-angle zoom.
Tamron aims for the highest standards with the SP (Super Performance) lens series. And the new 15-30mm F/2.8 full-frame ultra-wide-angle zoom is a worthy addition. This high-performance zoom lens equals the performance of fixed focal length lenses from 15mm to 30mm, an unprecedented achievement made possible by the development of its unique XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element that effectively controls aberrations and enhances sharpness. In addition, the 15-30mm is the first zoom to combine such a wide range of coverage, a fast F/2.8 aperture, and to offer image stabilization, further proof of Tamron's commitment to innovation and excellence.

XGM lens element for exquisite images.
A large diameter XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element is placed in the first lens group of a system that also includes several LD (Low Dispersion) elements in its 18-element, 13-group optical design. This combination effectively controls distortion and chromatic aberrations that typically affect wide-angle lenses.

eBAND and BBAR Coating.
Tamronʼs proprietary eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating suppresses tangential reflections, while a new generation of BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating has been optimized for ultra-wide angles of view. Together, they effectively correct ghosting and flare, yielding vivid images of extraordinary clarity.

Vibration Compensation enhances photo opportunities.
Responding to the demand for a wide-angle lens suited for handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds, Tamron has created the world's first F/2 .8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilization. The result is a lens able to capture sharp images even when shooting handheld under low light conditions.

Soft-focus backgrounds at wide-angle settings.
Thanks to its large F/2.8 aperture, this lens lets you soften the foreground or background to dramatically emphasize the subject. And with a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m over its entire focal-length range, it can capture wide-macro effects.

Fluorine coated front element.
Since its large diameter and prominent convex profile prevents deployment of a protective filter, the front element of this lens has a fluorine coating that repels water and dirt, and makes it much easier to remove smudges as well.

Resistant to the elements.
Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Ultrasonic Silent Drive for precise, and quiet autofocus.
The quiet high-torque USD motor ensures autofocusing with precision.

   

Tamron Di lenses designed for digital SLR cameras.

Recommended for Full frame and APS-C photographers who...

- Need an ultra-wideangle full-frame zoom lens that offers a fast F/2.8 aperture for low/natural light shooting.
- Need the sharpness and low-light shooting potential afforded by Tamron’s VC image stabilization.
- Demand optical performance and handling characteristics designed to meet the needs of professional and experienced non-professional photographers.

Tamron Di lenses designed for digital SLR cameras.


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Specifications

Model A012
Lens Construction (Groups/Elements) 13/18
Angle of View

110°32' - 71°35' (for full frame format)
85°52' - 49°54' (for APS-C format)

Diaphragm Blade Number 9 (circular diaphragm)*
Minimum Aperture F/22
Minimum Focus Distance 11 in.(0.28m)
Macro Magnification Ratio 1:5
Filter Diameter N/A
Weight 1,100 g (38.8 oz)**
Length*** 5.7 in (145mm) for Canon**
5.6 in (142.5mm) for Nikon**
Standard Accessories Lens caps (push-on front, rear)
Hood Integrated flower-shaped hood
Mount Canon, Nikon, Sony A mount****

MTF CHARTS

15-30mm MTF Chart

How to read the MTF charts

*This circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
**Length & Weight are based on figures for the Canon-mount & the Nikon-mount lens.
***Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
****The Sony mount does not include the VC image stabilization functionality, as the body of the Sony digital SLR camera includes image stabilization functionality.


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Termination notice of our offer of the complimentary “SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0 for Tamron”

Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.

Thank you for using Tamron products.  Since November 2012, we have included in the package of some Tamron products “SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0 for Tamron,” a complimentary RAW processing software program exclusively for Tamron’s SP lens models.  We would like to inform our customers that this complimentary offer will be terminated as of June 30, 2016.

If you have already installed “SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0 for Tamron,” you can continue using the software program.  We would like to inform our customers that any new installations of the program (including replacements of any personal computers for which installation and authentication is necessary) will only be possible until June 30, 2019.
* There are no plans for any additional data related to any cameras or lenses or for any version upgrades.

Starting on July 1, 2016, purchasing certain Tamron products will enable customers to buy “Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan” at a special price.

To our customers using the relevant Tamron products and/or SILKYPIX, we would cordially like to ask for your understanding.

Notice for the start of a special offer for Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan”*1

Thank you for using Tamron products.  On July 1, 2016, we will start a special offer for any customers purchasing any of the Tamron products listed below.  These customers will be able to buy “Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan”*1 at a special price.  Instructions will be included in the lens product package, so we would like to ask you to read the content for more details.

*1: Adobe Photoshop CC (advanced retouching and composition) and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC (photo management, correction, and RAW processing)

■ The products featuring this special offer:
SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016)
SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)
SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013)
SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012)
SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007)
SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009)
SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)
SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO1:1 VC USD (Model F004)
SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO1:1 VC USD (Model F017)

  • In case no such instructions are included in the package, even if you have purchased one of the products above on or after July 1, 2016, we would like to apologize for this inconvenience and would very much appreciate if you will be so kind as to email Customer Service (see below).  After checking the details, we will send you instructions for the special offer.  Please note that in cases where the data provided is inadequate in some way, we may not be able to send out the instructions.

Email: custserv@tamron.com

Remember to include the following:
First Name
Last Name
Serial number of the lens
Lens model (ex: 24-70, 70-200)
Lens mount
Date of Purchase
Phone number (in case we need to contact you for more information)

  • This is a special offer limited to relevant products purchased in the USA.

Catalog

15-30 VC USD Catalog

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Video

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Video Downloads with Professional Photographers that include tips and information for different shooting situations

Technology

Di Tamron Di lenses designed for digital SLR cameras.
Low Dispersion

Super Performance for Discriminating Shooters
Tamron SP (Super Performance) series is a line of ultra-high-performance lenses designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. In creating SP lenses Tamron’s optical designers put their foremost priority on achieving superior performance parameters—they are all designed to a higher standard with little regard for cost constraints. As a result, Tamron lenses bearing the SP designation feature impressive and innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence among those knowledgeable photographers that demand the very best.

Vibration Compensation

Tamron’s Unique State-of-the-Art In-Lens Image Stabilization System
Handheld camera shake is the leading cause of blurry and unsharp pictures. Several leading companies now make lenses with built-in optical image-stabilization systems that sense the amplitude and direction of the shake and compensate by moving optical groups within the lens. Tamron’s exclusive new Vibration Compensation (VC) system that’s built into the Tamron AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro and the Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lenses performs a similar function, but it executes it much more effectively due to its innovative breakthrough design.

USD

Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD)
Tamron’s USD works with the high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations that are produced by a ring called a ‘stator’. Energy from the vibrations is used to rotate an attached metallic ring known as the ‘rotor’. Piezoelectric ceramic, an element that produces ultrasonic vibrations when voltage of a specific frequency is applied is arranged in a ring formation on the stator. This electrode configuration of piezoelectric ceramic causes two ultrasonic vibrations to occur in the stator.

By effectively combining these two ultrasonic vibrations, it is possible to convert the energy from the vibrations that produced simple motion into energy known as ‘deflective traveling waves’, which then moves around the circumference (rotation direction) of the ring.

With the USD, the friction between these deflective traveling waves created on the metallic surface of the stator and the surface of the rotor produce force, causing the rotor to rotate. The focusing ring lens, which is linked to the rotor, is thus moved, creating a fast and smooth auto-focus drive.

Low Dispersion

Low Dispersion (LD) Glass for Greater Lens Sharpness
Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely lowdispersion index, has less of a tendency to separate (defract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colors. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the center of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)

eBAND

eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating
This new coating technique developed by Tamron deploys a nano-structured layer (1nm = 1/1,000,000mm) of ultra-low refractive index, with dimensions smaller than the wavelengths of visible rays of light. This nano-structured layer coupled with the sophisticated multiple layer coatings underneath, yields significant anti-reflection properties, efficiently reducing undesired flare and ghosting to an absolute minimum to deliver sharp, crisp images.

eBAND

Moisture Resistant Moisture Resistant
Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Reviews & Awards

Living Overland: July 2016

PCmag.com: August 2015

Shutterbug: May 2015

Shutter Magazine: May 2015 (video)

Popular Photography: Test Report, May 2015

dpreview.com: April 2015 (video)

dpreview.com: March 2015

Matt Granger: Youtube 2015

 

EISA Award

 

 

Warranty

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IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Tamron USA, Inc., or its authorized agents, will not repair any product that is not an officially imported product and sold through an authorized Tamron USA dealer. In other words, there will be no authorized repair service under any circumstance for gray market products. In such a case, the user must return the product to the dealer at which it was purchased for unauthorized repair service.

Tamron USA, Inc. Six-Year Limited Warranty
(Six-Year Limited Warranty Valid in USA Only)

Only Tamron lenses imported officially by Tamron USA, Inc. and distributed by authorized Tamron USA, Inc. dealers carry a Six-Year Limited USA warranty.

Check Authenticity of Your Product:
You can check the authenticity of the product you have/plan to purchase by locating the silver hologram Tamron USA Authorized Dealer/Six-Year Warranty logo sticker on top of the lens box and/or by completing the Tamron Online Warranty Registration. You may also call Tamron at 1-800-827-8880 to verify the serial number.

Authorized Dealer Logo  Look for this logo. Dealers not authorized by Tamron USA, Inc. cannot offer any warranty and cannot use this logo. All authorized Tamron USA dealers are requested to place this logo on their website; however, some dealers, even if authorized, may not have the functionality to add this logo to their website. We highly recommend that you check with the dealer or Tamron USA, Inc. to determine whether the dealer is authorized. You can find a list of authorized Tamron USA dealers by clicking here or by calling 1-800-827-8880.


[Print a copy of this Tamron USA, Inc. Six-Year Limited Warranty Statement]

The limited warranty set forth below is provided by Tamron USA, Inc. and is applicable to new Tamron Photographic Lenses purchased in the USA through an authorized dealer. Open box sales or used equipment do not apply. The Warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original purchaser of the lens or the person for whom the lens was purchased as a gift. This Warranty is valid only in the Continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii, and is valid only upon presentation of a valid proof of purchase from an authorized Tamron dealer (valid proof of purchase must be a dated bill of sale that includes price, model and serial number of lens and/or when fully completing Tamron's Online Warranty Registration at www.tamron-usa.com).

This Tamron lens is warranted against defective materials or workmanship for Six Years from the date of original purchase, and is limited to repair, adjustment and/or replacement of defective parts. This Warranty covers all defects encountered in normal use of the lens. This Limited Warranty does not cover normal wear and tear such as scratches, etc.

This Warranty does not apply to defects due to abuse, mishandling, tampering or removal of serial number, repair by a non-authorized agent, unsuitable storage, transport damage, sand damage, liquid damage, fungus damage, impact damage, or tampering.

This Warranty also does not cover defects due to the use of accessories, attachments, product supplies, parts or devices that do not conform to Tamron specifications. This Warranty does not cover lenses that have been serviced or modified by anyone other than Authorized Tamron Service Agents.

This Warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights that vary from state to state.

ALL WARRANTIES IMPLIED BY LAW, INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY, SHALL BE OF DURATION OF ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE. NO OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTY OR GUARANTY EXCEPT AS STATED ABOVE, GIVEN BY ANY PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION WITH RESPECT TO THIS LENS SHALL BE BINDING TO TAMRON. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. NEITHER TAMRON NOR ANY OTHER PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION IS OR SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTAL DAMAGES CAUSED BY THIS EQUIPMENT. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Warranty Claim Instruction:
While the lens is under the term of this warranty, if you have a claim, please return the lens to the dealer where you purchased it. If that is not possible, return it to Tamron USA, Inc., New York. Include with the lens proof of purchase from an authorized Tamron dealer (valid proof of purchase must be a dated bill of sale that includes price, model and serial number of lens and/or warranty registration ID number assigned upon completion of Tamron's Online Warranty Registration at www.tamron-usa.com) and a description of the defect claimed. If you have an online warranty registration ID number, please include that number in your description. If Tamron determines your lens to be defective, we will repair or replace it at NO CHARGE.

If you would like to send in your lens for repair service, please include the “equipment repair form”, and also include a copy of your sales receipt or your warranty confirmation number. If we determine that the warranty has been voided, we will notify you and give you a cost estimate. Please DO NOT include filters, hoods, or other accessories besides the front cap & rear cap. Please do not send your product box. Instead, we recommend wrapping your lens very well in several layers of bubble wrap so that it fits tightly and securely in your shipping box. You are responsible for the cost of shipping the lens to us for service, and we will cover the cost of returning the lens to you within the United States (we are not responsible for international shipping charges, duties, fees, etc.).


The Risk of Purchasing Gray Market Products:
In looking for our products, you may find that products not supplied through our regular channel are sold in your market. Such products are generally called "gray-market products" and may involve quality problems.

Interchangeable lenses are precision optical and mechanical products. Therefore, if handling during transportation or storage is not adequate, defects or malfunctions may occur. As for our products supplied through our regular distribution channel, meticulous care is taken in transportation and storage in order to ensure quality protection. However, in the case of gray-market products, it is more likely that they are handled inadequately during transportation or storage; are exposed to undesirable conditions such as high temperatures, vibration, shock, high humidity, dust, dirt and so on; or that they have been mixed up with used products since they are not under our strict control. Therefore, we are unable to warrant the quality of gray-market products.

Always look for Tamron products that are supplied through our authorized distribution channel. By purchasing Tamron products from an authorized dealer, you can ensure the quality of the product, which will be also covered by Tamron USA's Six-Year Limited Warranty, the only warranty accepted by Tamron USA, Inc. in the USA as of October 1, 2007. To find an authorized Tamron dealer near you, please click here.

If you have any question as to the authenticity of a dealer or product, please do not hesitate to contact our Service Department at 1-800-827-8880, Option 1, to discuss your impending purchase.


Online Warranty Registration:
Registration provides the following benefits: Instant serial number verification to insure that you have purchased a Tamron USA imported lens with 6-Year Limited USA Warranty and eligibility for any qualifying rebate; Access to product information in the event of loss or theft; Personal support if service is ever required; Priority contact in the rare event we discover an issue with the product; Invitations to local workshops, seminars and sales events; Subscription to the quarterly Tamron Viewfinder PDF newsletter; and Exclusive promotional offers.

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