New Wide Angle Lenses Arrive from Tamron, Tokina

January 30, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Tamron announced that its SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (A012) is available now for $1,119 in Canon and Nikon mounts. A Sony version of the lens will also be sold, but availability has yet to be released.

Announced at Photokina, this full frame, wide-angle lens will feature Tamron’s three coil anti-shake technology which moves the lens via three ceramic ball bearings to compensate for movement. The company claims it’s the first lens of its class to offer image stabilization. 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. 

Tokina has also put its AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX lens, pictured above, up for pre-order. It will be sold in both Canon and Nikon mounts for APS-C cameras, delivering a 35mm equivalent focal length of 17.5-32mm. It uses three SD ultra low dispersion lens elements plus glass-molded aspherical elements and multi-layer lens coatings to keep optical distortions to a minimum. There’s also a nine blade diaphragm. 

The lens retails for $599.