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

The Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro is a travel-friendly superzoom with an epic zoom range

Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro
(Image: © Tamron)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This discontinued lens for Canon and Nikon APS-C format DSLRs was effectively replaced by the bigger, weightier and pricier Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD superzoom but in many ways, we prefer the older 16-300mm. It’s size and weight are more in keeping with a travel lens, to which it’s ideally suited, and while it loses out on telephoto reach, it gives noticeably greater wide-angle coverage, equivalent to a 24mm rather than 27mm lens on Nikon cameras (25.6mm compared with 28.8mm for Canon). Image quality and all-round performance are good for a superzoom but not entirely great. All in all, it’s an attractive second-hand buy.


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    Huge zoom range

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    Good wide-angle coverage

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    Nice handling


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    Relatively poor long-zoom sharpness

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    Hefty barrel distortion at 16mm

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    Color fringing can be quite noticeable

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The Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro is unusual among superzoom lenses. Most kick off with a focal length of 18mm and stretch to either 200mm or 300mm at the long end. The 2mm shorter minimum focal length might not sound like a big deal, but it delivers a noticeably bigger viewing angle, which can pay dividends in landscape photography, as well as for shooting architectural interiors and any time you want to exaggerate perspective for creative effect. With a weight of 540g, the Tamron is easily manageable and works well as a walkabout and travel lens.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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