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

Manufacturer Tamron
Model 16-300 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 16 - 300 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 5.6
Angle of view 82.12 - 5.2 o
Closest focusing distance 0.39 m
Maximum magnification 1:2.9
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type PZD
Lens Construction 16 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 67 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Canon EF-S
Dimensions 75 x 99.5 mm
Weight 540 g
Additional information Announced: 06.02.2014
3 Molded-Glass Aspherical elements
1 Hybrid Aspherical elemen
2 LD (Low Dispersion) elements
1 XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element
1 element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass
Sony mount model does not include VC
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Owners reviews (2)
  1. Sergey Nikitin
    Sergey Nikitin 12 October 2015, 22:32
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    IP 188.68.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 500$
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Strong, strange-shape geometrical abberation at wide angle. Strong vignetting at wide angle. No stabilization in Sony version... Large and unpredictable glare when shooting against the sun or strong light... Shift focus when zoomnig. I.e. you must focus, zoom, and refocus again///

    Pros: Universal, Fast drive, manual focus correction. Low dust vacuum :) Low sesor-dust displaying (even on F16), macro ability....

    Summary: For travel all-in-one it is not bad choise!

  2. Askaaron
    Askaaron 11 July 2015, 05:26
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    IP 88.64.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 599 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Strong chromatic aberrations at the long end. A bit soft in the corners. Slow aperture. Zoom ring is not very smooth (even though this got better the longer I used the lens).

    Pros: Metal mount with rubber gasket. Very good image stabilization. Manual focus override possible due to the ultrasonic focus drive.

    Summary: You have to accept compromises in the picture quality and you can't really use the lens in lower light conditions. However I'm still quite pleased with the lens overall. The flexibility of the wide zoom range is often more important for me than having a top notch picture quality (even though I also use prime lenses for certain occasions). The strong chromatic aberrations at the long end can be annoying - but on the other hand software like Lightroom allows you to easily correct this as well as the distortions at the wide end (Lightroom 5 contains a correction profile for this lens), so it is possible to get quite nice pictures when you spend some time for post processing. At the time I bought the lens, the price was higher than today. You now get it for about 529 EUR (for Canon EF mount).

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