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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


Post your 15-30 2.8 VC images here!
The Nikon 14-24 2.8 image thread is going very well, some switched from that lens to the Tamron, so it's time to show why.

I recieved this lens last month, yesterday I took it out for the first time. I am just wow'ed by the image quality of this lens. Sharp, corner to corner.
For these images I was just driving around and stopped when I saw something nice.
I'm not a landscape photographer at all, just saw a good deal on this lens and couldn't let it pass. First shots with this lens, both just a 1 minute edit:



Both at /5.6 1/125 ISO 200 on D800E at 15.0 mm

Edited on Dec 18, 2016 at 02:59 AM · View previous versions



Oct 21, 2016 at 09:23 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


It's on my wishlist.


Oct 21, 2016 at 08:19 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


I'm saving up for this lens right now. I'd love to see more photos taken with it.


Oct 22, 2016 at 02:14 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


I just love this lens. I bought it over the 14-24 and have never regretted it. It's a pity I've moved away from Nikon to Sony (haven't tried it on the A7r or A7rii yet). Superb lens that just knocks it out of the park ... and with VR too.

The EXIF shows the wrong lens for this, maybe because I was experimenting with profiles in LR. Pretty sure this was at 15mm, I'll check later.



at 26mm


at 30mm


at 19mm


at 19mm


at 26mm


at 16mm


at 15mm


at 15mm





Oct 23, 2016 at 05:02 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


I've had this lens almost a year now. Fantastic piece of kit.


















Oct 23, 2016 at 09:06 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


Frogfish wrote:
I just love this lens. I bought it over the 14-24 and have never regretted it. It's a pity I've moved away from Nikon to Sony (haven't tried it on the A7r or A7rii yet). Superb lens that just knocks it out of the park ... and with VR too.

The EXIF shows the wrong lens for this, maybe because I was experimenting with profiles in LR. Pretty sure this was at 15mm, I'll check later.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Iceland-June-2015-/Iceland-June-2015/i-SR4XdSP/0/X2/Seljalandsfoss%20%232%20Smugmug%20version-X2.jpg

at 26mm
https://photos.smugmug.com/Abu-Dhabi-June-2015/Abu-Dhabi/i-CrqThXT/0/X2/Abu%20Dhabi%20-%20Grand%20Mosque%20-%20Intensify%20%234-X2.jpg

at 30mm
https://photos.smugmug.com/Abu-Dhabi-June-2015/Abu-Dhabi/i-fmQ9ffn/0/X2/Abu%20Dhabi%20-%20Grand%20Mosque%20-%20Front%20Aspect%20LR%20%231-X2.jpg

at 19mm
https://photos.smugmug.com/Myanmar-2016/Inle-Lake-Indein-Stupas/i-62Mpcdv/0/X2/Indein%20Stupas%20-%20Inle%20Lake%20-%20May%202016%20%231-X2.jpg

at 19mm
https://photos.smugmug.com/Bhutan-2016/Bhutan-Temples-Dzongs-and/i-4pdP3LL/0/X2/The%20Tiger%27s%20Nest%20-%20Bhutan%20-%20June%202016%20%233cReSz-X2.jpg

at 26mm
https://photos.smugmug.com/Iceland-June-2015-/Iceland-June-2015/i-vjWLw7N/0/X2/Gullfoss%20%231%20Smugmug%20version-X2.jpg

at 16mm
https://photos.smugmug.com/Iceland-June-2015-/Iceland-June-2015/i-Zq7V89v/0/X2/East%20Fjords%20-%20LR%20%231-2-X2.jpg

at 15mm
https://photos.smugmug.com/Iceland-June-2015-/Iceland-June-2015/i-B3wPJJj/0/X2/East%20Fjords%20-%20LR%20%231-X2.jpg

at 15mm
https://photos.smugmug.com/Iceland-June-2015-/Iceland-June-2015/i-Q23vQJq/0/X2/Vik%20-%20Camp%20Site%20LR%20%231-X2.jpg



AMAZING !!




Oct 23, 2016 at 04:23 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


Wonderful pics everyone. I'm thinking of replacing my rattly old 14-24 with this lens next year


Oct 23, 2016 at 04:50 PM
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Steve Perry wrote:
Wonderful pics everyone. I'm thinking of replacing my rattly old 14-24 with this lens next year


Hi Steve,
Have you had the chance of trying the Tamron 15-30?
I'm in the market for a wide angle zoom, and i would love to read your feedback on the Tamron compared to the Nikon 14-24mm.
Best Regards.



Oct 23, 2016 at 08:21 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


Several random shots with the 15-30.










Oct 23, 2016 at 10:53 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


youie wrote:
Hi Steve,
Have you had the chance of trying the Tamron 15-30?
I'm in the market for a wide angle zoom, and i would love to read your feedback on the Tamron compared to the Nikon 14-24mm.
Best Regards.


Not yet. From what I've seen it looks every bit as good as the 14-24 and although I might miss the extra 1mm, I'd welcome the extra 6 on the long end. I'll probably pick one up before my SW trip this January and give it a spin (with a review to follow of course )

Although, that new Sigma 12-14 may very well change my mind.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


Steve Perry wrote:
Not yet. From what I've seen it looks every bit as good as the 14-24 and although I might miss the extra 1mm, I'd welcome the extra 6 on the long end. I'll probably pick one up before my SW trip this January and give it a spin (with a review to follow of course )

Although, that new Sigma 12-14 may very well change my mind.

The Tamron is only $1K, the Sigma is A LOT more expensive and needs more correction.
THe 15-30 beats primes at any focal lenght btw, even at f/2.8.



Oct 24, 2016 at 05:51 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


playerofwar wrote:
The Tamron is only $1K, the Sigma is A LOT more expensive and needs more correction.
THe 15-30 beats primes at any focal lenght btw, even at f/2.8.


I'm not (too) worried about the price (although I do like the price of the Tamron!)

I do find myself wishing for something wider than 14mm from time to time though. Plus, I thought I just read that the 12-24 actually has surprisingly low distortion.

My biggest problem is that for backpacking, the 15-30 would give me everything I usually need (right now my 14-24 is a little too short). However, other times I need more on the wide end. So, I'm not sure what I'll do yet. Decisions, decisions...



Oct 24, 2016 at 06:48 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


I replaced my 16-35vr with this tamron
I will never look back.
In many ways it's > nikkor 14-24



Oct 24, 2016 at 06:54 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


I know I did my own thread on the Tamron 15-30 f2.8 VC, but I think I should add it to this thread seeing as this is the official Tamron 15-30 f2.8 VC thread. Here is what I posted on my own "Thoughts on Tamron 15-30 f2.8 after two weeks travel photos"

Just spent two weeks in Japan and Singapore with the Tamron 15-30 f2.8 Di VC. I purchased it the week before I left and thus had little time to evaluate it other than a few quick shots around Sydney before I left to "get to know the lens" a little.

As some of you may know, I have the Nikon 16-35 f4 VR and also the Nikon 14-24 f2.8G and also the 24 f1.4G, which is a gem. One may wonder as to why I would get the Tammy when I have the extreme wide end well covered, but my thinking is that the Tammy has had such great reviews that I could actually sell both the 16-35 and the 14-24 and just use the one extreme wide angle zoom as it should be able to cover all bases.

As some of you may know, I am quite a fan of the Nikon 16-35 and the reasons for the 16-35 f4 VR is that it has a reasonable zoom range and has VR. Overall IQ and sharpness is very good to excellent depending on where you are in the zoom range. From 20mm to 28mm, the 16-35 is sharp and as sharp as mosty primes, this is its sweet spot in the zoom range. From 16-20 it is still very good to excellent if you stop down and also if know where to focus to get the best from the corners. CA is quite OK and can be fixed PP and distortion is also quite fixable PP - I've never had an image ruined due to distortion that couldn't be fixed PP. Over abut 28-30mm, the sharpness does drop off a tad and is the weakest point of this lens. VR is very useful inside places where it is dark and you can't use a tripod or don't have a tripod - like when travelling. I think of the Nikon 16-35 more as a travel lens mainly due to it's VR, zoom range and its very good to excellent IQ, more of an all purpose lens.

The reason for a 14-24 is obviously it's legendary IQ and sharpness right across its (limited) zoom range and also it's f2.8 ability. However, it's drawbacks can be that huge front element, flare at times, relatively limited zoom range, and when you want to use filters. It is also heavy in comparison to the 16-35. I think of the 14-24 as more of a specialty lens for use at home when I can control when and where I can/want to use it as you need to have a huge filter system and possibly a tripod.

So, in comes the Tammy. It seems to marry most of the benefits of the 16-35 with most of the benefits of the 14-24 and does it brilliantly. Overall, it seems to me as sharp as the 14-24 across the whole zoom range and across the frame and has excellent overall IQ. It is as sharp and sharper than the 16-35 depending on where you are in the zoom range with both lenses and corner performance of the Tammy is better than the 16-35 for sure. The Tammy seems easier to work with with regards to getting the edges and corners sharp as the field curvature of the Tammy works for you in most situations very well.

Distortion at the extreme wide end is much less than the 16-35 at the wide end and thus you lose less when correcting it in PP. It seems to be similar distortion to that of the 14-24 at the wide end, ie reasonably low for an extreme wide angle lens. CA is also very well controlled and very easily fixed in PP.

The Tammy obviously has a longer zoom range than the 14-24 going to 30mm, but 5mm shorter zoom range than the 16-35. The Tammy is much sharper at 30mm than the 16-35. I didn't find the shorter zoom range than the 16-35 an issue on my travels as I do take my 24-70 f2.8 as well and that makes the crossover between 24mm and 30mm rather than specifically at 24mm if you have the 14-24. Having a crossover range is definitely a bonus rather than a hard and fast 24mm.

The drawbacks of the Tammy are that it is quite heavy, 100gms heavier than the 14-24 and 400gms heavier than the 16-35. It also has a huge front element similar to the 14-24 and thus you need to be careful when walking around with it at your side, and for better protection, I generally zoomed it back to 30mm as this keeps it further into the lens hood. It also does not have a filter thread which may be of importance, but I didn't find the need for my travels photography as the D810 has such great DR. Flare only affected one image. Size and weight and the front element wasn't really an issue on my travels, but I would say that the 16-35 is a better choice in that regard. However, given my time again, I woul still choose the Tammy over the 16-35 for my travel photography.

So, summing up, I am extremely happy with the results and use of the Tammy for my travel photography and I am actually thinking of selling off my 14-24 and I may even sell off my 16-35.

If these images do not fit onto your screen, use "CTRL" plus the wheel on your mouse to "zoom out" to a smaller image. I do not know what function this is on an Apple computer.

D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 15mm, 1/15sec, f8, ISO720



D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 15mm, 1/10sec, f8, ISO1600



D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 30mm, 1/10sec, f8, ISO6400



D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 15mm, 1/250sec, f8, ISO64



D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 15mm, 1/40sec, f8, ISO560



D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 19mm, 1/40sec, f8, ISO1250



D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 15mm, 1/500sec, f9, ISO160



D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 15mm, 1/250sec, f8, ISO64



D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 21mm, 1/200sec, f8, ISO64



D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 15mm, 1/625sec, f10, ISO180



D810 + 15-30 f2.8 VC @ 17mm, 1/500s f/8.0, ISO220




Nov 17, 2016 at 07:12 AM
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All on the D810












Nov 20, 2016 at 11:14 AM
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I received mine Thursday and went out with it for the first time yesterday. I had never seen this lens in person and, despite comments from others, I was amazed at how huge this thing is! It doesn't matter, though. The image quality is everything I hoped it would be and it really lives up to the hype. Here are a few photos from yesterday's outing.


DSC_1150 by Scott Poupard


DSC_1088 by Scott Poupard


DSC_1118 by Scott Poupard


DSC_1141 by Scott Poupard


DSC_1285 by Scott Poupard


DSC_1252 by Scott Poupard



Nov 20, 2016 at 01:18 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


I thought I'd give this thread a bump with a couple of photos made today at the Andersonville National Historic Site and Cemetery.


DSC_1816-2-Web by Scott Poupard


DSC_1792-2-Web by Scott Poupard



Dec 28, 2016 at 04:06 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


Just picked up this lens the other day and loving it, very sharp


Dec 28, 2016 at 05:35 AM
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Dec 28, 2016 at 06:32 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Tamron 15-30 2.8 VC Image Thread


I got this lens just before this summer and I love this lens.
I rented Nikon 14-24 and though it's an excellent lens,
the Tamron is just as good as the Nikon and IMOP,
it's little sharper @ wide open than the Nikon.
And it's $700 cheaper then the Nikon and it has VC.

I took these photos at Hearst castle, Joshua Tree National Park
and Borrego Springs,CA. VC worked very well when I took indoor shots
at Hearst Castle where you get low light most of the times.







JoshuaTree National Park







Joshua Tree National Park







Hearst Castle-Roman Pool







Hearst Castle-Roman Pool







Borrego Springs




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