Review: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8


If you know me, you should know I am not a fans of wide angle lens. Most of the time I use telephoto lens, i.e. 85mm or above, to create a tight and themed picture.

After years of shooting, I begin to learn some of the best pictures; landscape, flower and astrophotography, are taken by wide angle lens. I was thinking “Maybe it is time to learn something new?”

Searching for a while, I decide to buy a zoom lens instead of a prime lens although the later one is definitely much lighter in weight. This Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 is the latest model in the Tamron family, it weights like a beast (over 1,000g…) equally heavy like the D850.


My goodness, this combo weighs over 2,000g….. I feel so regret after the first out-door shooting !!!


The front element looks pretty much like fish-eye lens, very “curvy”. You can’t fit in a regular filter on the front element instead there is a built-in hood attached in the barrel.


Well, I am quite shocked by the first picture taken by this wide zoom (in 15mm). This lens enable me to shot from a new perspective. Composition is a new challenge for me, I must say I can’t quite handle it.


Obviously this is bad example….. a wide lens enable you to fill-in many elements in your photo however you may also risk of losing subject.


Landscape shot, a must-try of wide lens.


What about a zoom shot, does it feel a bit like time-travelling ?


A full coverage of  crossroad.


Distortion, yes I think so but the curvy look gives an unique feeling.


Wide open at f2.8.


Last but not the least, the minimum focusing distance of this lens is 28cm,  which gives you great flexibility, you can almost touch (with caution) your subject with the front element.

Using a close-up adapter, you can turn this lens into a wide-macro lens. The result is quite interesting indeed.


Except her weight, I can say this lens is a no brainer, her image sharpness, reliable VC, metal finish and made in Japan etc etc. Haven’t mentioned her attractive selling price, So I think all these make it justified her overwhelming weight (well, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED weighs 1,000g also, just 100g lighter than the Tamron version)

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