Tamron Goes Wide: New 15-30mm Will Feature Vibration Compensation

September 12, 2014

By Greg Scoblete

Tamron announced today that it’s developing a new wide-angle lens which it claims is the first in its class to offer vibration compensation.

The full frame SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USB will feature Tamron’s three coil anti-shake technology which moves the lens via three ceramic ball bearings to compensate for movement. The Sony variant of this lens won’t contain vibration compensation as Sony already provides it in their camera bodies.

There’s also an ultrasonic silent motor on hand for quiet focusing and you can fine-tune focus manually while still in AF mode.

The new lens will feature 18 elements with an Expanded Glass Molded Apsherical element plus several LD elements for tackling distortion throughout the zoom range. Ghosting and flaring are kept at bay with Tamron’s Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coating and, for the first time, Tamron has applied a flourine coating to the front lens element to repel water and dirt.

Bokeh addicts will get their fix thanks to the lens’ nine blade diaphragm. 

Tamron didn’t release details on when the lens will be available or how much it will cost.