The New Tamron 15-30mm May Be Close To The Nikon 14-24mm

February 6th, 2015

Tamron15-18There’s a new wide angle lens for full frame Nikon, Canon and Sony/Minolta DSLRs. It’s the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC. Note this lens is designed for full frame DSLRs, it’s an effective 21-36mm Focal Length on APS-C sensor cameras.

Matt Granger thinks that in many areas (not all) it rivals the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8.  Click here to get Matt’s review. If this is true, it’s pretty earth-shaking! For a very long time, the Nikon 14-24mm has been considered the very best wide angle lens there is.

The Tamron is $790 less than the Nikon 14-24mm and is available for Canon and Sony/Minolta in addition to Nikon. If it’s as good as Matt says it is this may be a new best in class for real estate photography.

Also, it’s worth noting that I don’t see a Adobe Lightroom profile for this lens but that shouldn’t last long, I expect there will be one within a month or two.

Canon11-24mmUpdate Feb 7, 2015: Thanks to Mark who pointed out in the comments below that Canon also announced a 11-24 f/4 . I’m remiss for not noticing this. This new ultra-wide lens is due to be released later this month. The price will be around $3,000 USD. This piece of glass truly deserves the UFWA designation!

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7 Responses to “The New Tamron 15-30mm May Be Close To The Nikon 14-24mm”

  • A quick check and you will find that the lowest price tag on the new Tamron is $1,200, while the Nikon 14-24 can be had for around $1,500 (in fact I just picked up another one for $1, 475 with no tax and free shipping). Seems to me that the Nikon has the established quality and history that outweighs the savings of a couple of hundred dollars.

    That said, should the lens fall below the thousand dollar mark, I could see it gaining ground. Time will tell if it has the quality, durability and expectations to compete with the Nikon’s.

  • Note that Matt does a great job on reviewing and I have added his site to my review site list. He does not get hung up on the tech stuff that 99% of use could care less about.

  • For $1,350 i bought the Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4 and absolutly LOVE it. I hated my old 10-24mm Tamron for my old Sony A57. It was always soft with wicked bad chromatic abberation.

  • While I think the Tamron looks very promising, I recently purchased the Canon 16-35 f4 L-IS. It is a beautiful lens and was in my local camera store used for $995 in new condition. It gives me huge flexibility when I need to move faster than my 17 TS-E will let me.
    What IS interesting me now is Canon’s new 11-24. However with an intro price of $3000 I will have to save my pennies.

  • At 1.1 kilos it’s also the heaviest wide angle around. The cameras seems to be getting smaller eg. Sony A7 or lighter eg. D810 to D750 but the glass is getting heavier – an even kilo for the Nikkor 14-24. Better start pumping those dumbbells…

  • I purchased one today for my Nikon D610. A heavy beast for sure. Shot three properties this afternoon with it. Overall impressions, – image quality sure is nice compared to my old Sigma 10-20. Light was so good the slowest shutter speed was 1/30 even at f7.1 so the VC didn’t really get a workout but certainly no signs of camera shake or motion blur. In NZ the Nikon 14-24 is about $800 dearer than the Tamron

  • @Jeff Completely agree! Plus that Zeiss glass is for compact FF mirrorless, making it light and AWESOME.

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