Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro review

June 18, 2014

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Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro



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If you are on the lookout for a single lens that features a focal length for any photographic occasion, Tamron’s 16-300mm 18.8x zoom might be the answer to your prayers. Damien Demolder tests one of the widest focal ranges on the market

Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro review – Our verdict

Broadly speaking, there are two extremes of photographer in this world – the happy snapper and the pixel-peeper. The pixel-peeper is serious about technical quality and is prepared to sacrifice convenience to achieve what he believes is perfection. The happy snapper enjoys taking pictures and isn’t too worried about the finer points of quality, but wants to be able to enjoy his hobby.

This Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro lens is definitely one for the happy snapper, and not for those who prefer to look at the pixels. It is a reasonably priced piece of kit that happy photographers will attach to their cameras and rarely remove, and it will always be convenient and allow them to get the shots they want to take. They won’t be enlarging to A2 very often, and will, in the main, remain extremely happy with their purchase. There are a lot of photographers in this bracket, and Tamron will be very successful with this lens.

The pixel-peeper, the technician and the architect, however, will be mostly dissatisfied with this lens, and frankly they have no business considering it as an option. When you buy a lens that covers 14 popular focal lengths within one barrel, you should know you are purchasing convenience, not perfection. That Tamron has made this convenience rather better than we have seen before is a credit to the company’s science and technology, but that doesn’t mean everyone will enjoy looking at its pictures. I wish that Tamron would employ some of its very clever science and technology in some fixed-focal-length lenses. It really is about time.

  • Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Focus Markings: Yes
  • Diaphragm Blades: 7
  • Stabilisation: Yes
  • Weight: 540g
  • Max diameter x length: 75x299.5mm
  • Min Aperture: f/40
  • Max Aperture: f/22
  • Minimum focusing distance: 39cm
  • RRP: £529

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