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Tamron 15-30mm

An ultra wide-angle option for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras from Tamron.

Maybe not quite as wide as Canon's 11-24mm f4 lens, but nor is it nearly as expensive, Tamron's new 15-30mm ultra wide-angle zoom boasts a constant aperture of f2.8 and a recommended retail price of $1599.

Suitable for Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLRs, the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD has an optical construction consisting of 18 elements in 13 groups, including for the first time, an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element placed in the front group. Several Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and LD (Low Dispersion) elements are also used throughout the optical system. The result, Tamron claims, is that aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral colour ghosting are corrected, enabling the lens to deliver outstanding image quality throughout its entire zoom range, from corner to corner.

A fluorine coating, with an established track record in Tamron's industrial lenses, has been applied to the front element. It repels water and dirt, and makes it easier to remove smudges. Improving on its BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating, Tamron's new eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) coating offers superior anti-reflection properties, especially important in ultra wide-angle lenses which are particularly susceptible to flare and ghosting due to their wide angle-of-view.

Of interest for low light photographers and videographers alike will be the zoom lens's VC (Vibration Compensation), allowing you to shoot at slow shutter speeds without a tripod, effectively compensating for minor camera shake.

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