Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

Announced July 17, 2018

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Of the numerous incarnations of Tamron's famous superzoom concept that we've seen over the last couple of decades, the latest 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro looks like one of the bigger steps forward. It offers a lot more than the incremental increase in focal length that has characterized most of its predecessors, starting at 18-200mm with the first version for APS-C format cameras in 2005, rising to 250mm, then 270mm, and now up to 300mm. This time though, the focal length range also extends wider, from 18mm to 16mm (28mm to 24mm equivalent), bringing serious wide-angle capability to the superzoom category for the first time. A couple of millimeters improvement over the previous Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD may not sound like much, but it makes a very useful difference at short focal lengths and the extended range now sets a new record with a whopping 18.8x zoom ratio. Closest focusing distance has also been reduced to earn the 'Macro' designation (even if it's hardly macro in the true sense of allowing 1:1 reproduction).

Pros

Tremendous all-in-one versatility
Class leading 18.8x zoom ratio
24mm equivalent wide-angle
Sharp at shorter focal lengths
Swift and quiet PZD autofocus
Effective VC image stabilization
Handy close focusing capability
Improved, weather-resistant build
Compact and light, considering the focal length range

Cons

Reduced sharpness at longer focal lengths, especially at the edges
Slow maximum apertures
Autofocus less reliable towards long end of the zoom
Plentiful chromatic aberration, prodigious at 200-300mm
Strong distortion throughout, both barrel and pincushion
'Focus breathing' reduces focal length at close range

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Focal length 16-300mm
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For maximum focal length range - the superzoom's calling card - the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is in a class of one. There's not much in it though, and all its main rivals (listed in the introduction) have quite sim...

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