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Tamron 15-30mm is the First Ultra-Wide f/2.8 Zoom Lens to Offer Stabilization



Tamron today announced the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 DI VC USD ulta-wide zoom lens, which the company says is the first ultra-wide f/2.8 zoom to offer image stabilization (called “vibration compensation” in Tamron-speak).

Why vibration compensation on an ultra-wide-angle lens, you might ask? Tamron says that a “number of photographers” have voiced this need to them, and that the feature allows the lens to perform better in shooting night scenes and under low light conditions.

The lens is designed for full frame cameras, and packs an ultrasonic focusing motor, 18 elements in 13 groups, and a 9-blade diaphragm. Special coatings on the elements help address ghosting and flaring that’s common among wide angle lenses, reducing them “to an absolute minimum,” according to the company.

There’s also a fluorine coating on the front element, the first of its kind on a Tamron lens, that allows the glass to repel water and dirt.

In terms of portability, the lens measures at roughly 5.7 inches (145mm) long and weighs about 2.4 pounds (1.1kg).

The 15-30mm will be available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.