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Next PZ lens test report: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD


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#1 mst

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 09:52 PM

Well done, Tamron!

http://www.photozone...amron153028vcff

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 10:20 PM

Yeehaw! We finally got our next review to read devour!

One small typo up front (in the penultimate paragraph on page one): "operation is virtally silent". :)



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Posted 01 November 2016 - 10:26 PM

Thanks Rover, I'm actually proof-reading in parallel (yes, I know, I should have done that ahead of publishing) and corrected it already :)

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 07:08 AM

Thanks for the review again. If I hadn't already been set in the wide angle department, I would've looked long and hard at this lens. But, well, we already knew it's bloody awesome. :)



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 09:32 AM

 Nice to see a new review, thanks Marcus!

 

  All in all, very good....

 

       ....if not a bit of a monster,  of course I had to dive in to look at the OOF bokeh balls of the reflections on the river (a Tamron habit on the 150-600),  no so bad actually,  a little hard edging and slight structure.

 

It's a damned good deal!



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 09:49 AM

A lens this size better delivers what it's promising  :D Have you seen it in the wild? At Nikon rumors forum some people feared for the bayonet when attaching the 14-24 - and the Tamron is 100gr heavier. Nothing for weak forumistas nerves.

 

Nice shootout between the two of them at DPReview



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 10:49 PM

Markus, thanks for this review.

What else do you have coming in the pipeline?



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Posted 03 November 2016 - 12:11 AM

A lens this size better delivers what it's promising  :D Have you seen it in the wild? At Nikon rumors forum some peiple feared for the bayonet when attaching the 14-24 - and the Tamron is 100gr heavier. Nothing for weak forumistas nerves.

 

Nice shootout between the two of them at DPReview

I saw it a couple times, though only on Canon cameras.



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Posted 03 November 2016 - 12:24 AM

What else do you have coming in the pipeline?


Sigma 24 Art, Sigma 24-35 Art, Nikon 300/4 VR

And I (finally) want to restart DX testing.

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#10 borisbg

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 06:09 AM

Sounds great!
There are some yummy DX Sigmas ...

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 07:29 AM

If Tamron know how to make a very good 15-30mm f2.8 FX why don't they make a 15-50f2.8 DX that good ? I am sure it will be a hit lens.



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Posted 03 November 2016 - 07:59 AM

If Tamron know how to make a very good 15-30mm f2.8 FX why don't they make a 15-50f2.8 DX that good ? I am sure it will be a hit lens.

I think they're going to update their 17-50 crop lens sometime soon, because it's mechanically outdated yet (still) very popular. Remember they did update the 90/2.8 VC and 150-600 even though these were already modern. Whether they are going to alter the parameters of the 17-50 (like going for a wider focal length) is anybody's guess though...



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Posted 03 November 2016 - 08:26 AM

I think they're going to update their 17-50 crop lens sometime soon, because it's mechanically outdated yet (still) very popular. Remember they did update the 90/2.8 VC and 150-600 even though these were already modern. Whether they are going to alter the parameters of the 17-50 (like going for a wider focal length) is anybody's guess though...

True, but I have to add that the 150-600mm got a new optical design, and the 90mm macro just got a facelift.

I am sure a replacement of the 17-50mm will get new, better optics.



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Posted 03 November 2016 - 09:01 AM

Thanks for the review. Looks like an excellent lens all around, but I've seen the thing in real life, and I somehow can't get myself to like the idea of hauling that beast up mountains when the pack contains all sorts of camping stuff and food already (read: very heavy)...



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Posted 03 November 2016 - 09:20 AM

I can see a 2 lens solution making sense. This excellent Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 for when you need ultra ultra wide (or a top quality UWA zoom), and then a light lens for when the weight is a real issue. I have the Voigtlander 20mm for the weight issue thing. Oh, and the EOS M + EF-S 10-18mm IS STM.

 

But that is semi-distant future talk, I can't afford getting FF UWA zoom now anyway. The Tamron would be a contender, but also the Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8 L IS USM II. The Canon 11-24mm f4 is too expensive to ever consider, I think.



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Posted 03 November 2016 - 11:07 AM

True, but I have to add that the 150-600mm got a new optical design, and the 90mm macro just got a facelift.
I am sure a replacement of the 17-50mm will get new, better optics.

Yeah, so it's a 50/50 chance - dare I say the only certain thing is that nothing's certain? :) But I'm also wondering if they're going to release some other UWA zooms alongside this 15-30, which will probably remain their Crown Lens in this segment? Actually, scratch that - we can be sure they will release something, we just can't be sure what and when. :D I'd wager there's going to be a radical UWA along the lines of the Sigma 12-24 (though I'd rather see a prime in the 12mm vicinity) and a more moderate lens to replace the 17-35/2.8-4 (which I think is still a current lens - any chance for a review???) - smaller aperture (maybe straight f/4), 77~82mm filter thread, longer range...
I guess we can just about count on the APS-C 10-24mm lens being replaced soon...

#17 toni-a

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 02:52 PM

I have Tokina 16-28 on 5D and 10-18 on 750D and for obvious reasons the I prefer 10-18 on crop camera.
At wide angle depth of field is most welcome and you don't want to do weightlifting.
A logical approach though is a lens like Tokina 10-20 from 10 to 16mm is suffers from hefty vignetting ,it works nicely on full frame as a 16-20f2.8.

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 03:01 PM

I don't think they're going to abandon one format completely, though the FF UWA segment has not been very exciting up until recently as far as the independent non-stoneage makers are concerned. Sigma and Tamron only have one contemporary offering each, and even Tokina - Tokina fergrifessake! - had more... I hope to see that changed sometime soon.






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