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

Published: 07/02/2015
By: larry

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!

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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

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

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