Open wide: Tamron's 15-30mm F2.8 G2
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Open wide: Tamron's 15-30mm F2.8 G2

Tamron has updated their SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD full-frame lens and we got a chance to check out version 2 as this year's Photokina. It handles essentially the same as its predecessor but there are some cosmetic changes. The design now matches that of the SP 24-70mm F2.8 and SP 70-200 F2.8 - specifically the grey bit by the base is new and the switches on the side have been redesigned.

Aside from cosmetic changes, a list of improvements under the hood make the 15-30mm F2.8 version 2 all the more appealing, including: dual processors for faster AF and better stabilization, fresh coatings to reduce flare and a new aspherical element.

It is available in both Canon EF and Nikon F mounts - the Nikon mount just began shipping, Canon mount ships October 12th. The list price is $1299.