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    Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Any recent experience with this lens? I am looking at nightscapes, but can't afford the G2 lens.


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    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, SB-800. RIP-D100
    Sigma 300mm f2.8, Sigma 150-600mm DG Contemporary, Sigma 50-150mm f2.8
    Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
    Nikkor Nifty-Fifty
    Tokina 11-20mm f2.8
    Bogen tripod with a missing screw and Bogen pistol grip that is eternally stuck on it.
    Manfrotto tripod with 3-axis Bogen head that is rusted stiff and drifts. About to be replaced.



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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    I shouldn't ask this... But, why is that lens $600 for a Canon mount and $1300 for a Nikon mount?
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    I have the G1 and its stellar! Just make sure you use it on a full frame to get the best experience. The Tokina 11-16 is better for crop, its lighter and has a pinch cap plus its almost undistinguishably just as sharp. That's assuming there is no need for vibration reduction. If I may, a bit of a disgruntled grumble. The G1 will not autofocus on the Z system. It seems to work fine if your fine with manual focus, but my trust has been broken and don't really enjoy using it on the z even though most night shots are done without the aid of autofocus. It was made for a D800 or other big body full frame camera. Fair warning, its a beast of a lens! It sucks to carry around not only because of the weight, but also the lens cap. Its not like a pinch cap. It just slides over the lens petals and magic keeps it from falling off. Mine never has, but that's mostly because I'm super paranoid that it'll drop off unknowingly and damage the front element so I'm constantly checking to make sure its still on.

    As for the price, no idea other than I've heard the Nikon is sharper. Curious though that the Canon version has a slot for itty bitty filters near the rear element, whereas the Nikon version has none and you need to invest in a 150mm square filter system, if that's your thing.
    Camera- Z6, D800, D7500, D40x
    Zoom Lenses-
    Z- 14-30 f4, 24-70 f4
    DX- Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Sigma A 18-35 f1.8, Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6
    FX- Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Nikon 35-70 f2.8, Nikon 80-200 f2.8, Nikon 24-120 f4, Nikon AF-P 70-300 f4.5-5.6 Sigma C 150-600 f5-6.3
    Prime Lenses- Nikon 50 f1.8g, Tamron 85 f1.8, Tokina 100 f2.8, Rokinon HD 8 f3.5

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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    I shouldn't ask this... But, why is that lens $600 for a Canon mount and $1300 for a Nikon mount?
    Because, "Nikon." Actually, I have no clue.
    "Connected to the universe by way of the star-stuff within"


    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, SB-800. RIP-D100
    Sigma 300mm f2.8, Sigma 150-600mm DG Contemporary, Sigma 50-150mm f2.8
    Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
    Nikkor Nifty-Fifty
    Tokina 11-20mm f2.8
    Bogen tripod with a missing screw and Bogen pistol grip that is eternally stuck on it.
    Manfrotto tripod with 3-axis Bogen head that is rusted stiff and drifts. About to be replaced.

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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Thanks @TwistedThrottle

    I have a D500. At some point, I may end-up with a full frame as well.
    VR isn't important because I will probably be using a tripod for the nightscape images. Looking for a reasonably priced lens with decent contrast.
    Last edited by Dawg Pics; 08-14-2021 at 08:05 PM.
    "Connected to the universe by way of the star-stuff within"


    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, SB-800. RIP-D100
    Sigma 300mm f2.8, Sigma 150-600mm DG Contemporary, Sigma 50-150mm f2.8
    Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
    Nikkor Nifty-Fifty
    Tokina 11-20mm f2.8
    Bogen tripod with a missing screw and Bogen pistol grip that is eternally stuck on it.
    Manfrotto tripod with 3-axis Bogen head that is rusted stiff and drifts. About to be replaced.

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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    As TwistedThrottle mentioned the Tokina 11-16 is worth looking at for a crop. I found a secondhand one on ebay for 186 ($256) and so far I am well pleased with it.
    Peter

    D500
    D7100
    Tokina 11-16 f2.8
    Nikon 85mm 1.8G
    Nikon 300mm F4 AF-S
    Sigma 150-600c
    Lee filters
    My Flickr account - https://www.flickr.com/people/peter-young/

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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Don Kuykendall raved about his Tokina 11-16mm lens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kuykendall View Post
    I have a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 that i use with my DX D7100. I love that lens so much that when I got my FX D750 I found the comparable Tokina lens. the Tokina 16-24 f/2.8 They both get a lot of use with me for my architectural and landscape photography.
    It looks like there was at least one previous version to this lens. Here's a link to the current one. Can you tell we all like to shop for someone else?!!

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._f_2_8_cf.html

    But sorry - no clue about the Tamron lens which is what you're leaning towards.
    Cindy - D750, D500, D7200
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Don Kuykendall raved about his Tokina 11-16mm lens.




    It looks like there was at least one previous version to this lens. Here's a link to the current one. Can you tell we all like to shop for someone else?!!

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._f_2_8_cf.html

    But sorry - no clue about the Tamron lens which is what you're leaning towards.
    I have the previous version and from what I could find out there doesn’t appear to be any noticeable difference in results between them. The older one does not have a built in focus motor should that be an issue for anyone.
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    Peter

    D500
    D7100
    Tokina 11-16 f2.8
    Nikon 85mm 1.8G
    Nikon 300mm F4 AF-S
    Sigma 150-600c
    Lee filters
    My Flickr account - https://www.flickr.com/people/peter-young/

  9. #9
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    I'd buy the Tokina looooong before I'd ever consider a Tamron.
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  10. #10
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    Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Tokina 11-16mm

    It looks like there was at least one previous version to this lens.
    I think there are 3 versions that I am aware of. The first has silver accents, the second has gold accents and the third and current version changed the grips to horizontal lines instead of rectangles. I dont think they changed the optics in any of them. Screw drive for the first version, a built in motor for the second and better weather sealing and better lens coating on the front element for the third.

    Another disgruntled grumble. The Tokina works great on my D800 in full frame mode at 16mm without vignette. I cant do that on the Z6. The camera forces the crop and I loose pixels by using that lens on that body.
    I have both and I still cant decide if I need both. In fact, I also picked up the 14-30 for the Z as well and am no better off deciding what lens needs to stay. There are drawbacks of each that the others shines at. As long as I have a crop body though, the 11-16 stays.
    Camera- Z6, D800, D7500, D40x
    Zoom Lenses-
    Z- 14-30 f4, 24-70 f4
    DX- Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Sigma A 18-35 f1.8, Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6
    FX- Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Nikon 35-70 f2.8, Nikon 80-200 f2.8, Nikon 24-120 f4, Nikon AF-P 70-300 f4.5-5.6 Sigma C 150-600 f5-6.3
    Prime Lenses- Nikon 50 f1.8g, Tamron 85 f1.8, Tokina 100 f2.8, Rokinon HD 8 f3.5





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