Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 15.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 27.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 26.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 15.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 26.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 19.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 15.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 15.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/200s

Verdict

Short summary: a winner!

Slightly more detailed summary: Tamron got a lot of things right with this one, and it's hard to find any issues or drawbacks. The build quality is on a very high level, the specs are highly attractive, featuring an nice and versatile zoom range, a constant and fast f/2.8 aperture, a silent and modern USD autofocus drive and in addition (for those who appreciate it on an ultra-wide lens) Tamron's optical stabilization (VC).

Distortion is nothing to rave about, but in line with the competition (actually a tad better than competition at the wide end). Vignetting is well controlled, especially for such a wide and fast lens, as is CAs. And the resolution figures are on par with the Nikon AF-S 14-24, undoubtedly on of the better lenses in this regard. On top, the lens handles backlight quite well with only occasional flare. As the sample images above show, the bokeh quality is also pleasing, especially for such a wide lens.

So, anything to complain about? Well, yes, for some the lack of a filter thread might be an issue, as is, of course the size and weight. If you want to travel light, the Tamron is not the best choice. If you don't mind these issues, though, it is a great and versatile tool and definitely highly recommended. Especially given its (comparably) affordable price.

Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★

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