The New 2017 Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Review

Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro – Of the various versions of Tamron’s famous superzoom principle that we’ve seen over the last couple of decades, the current 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro looks like among the bigger steps forward. It provides a great deal greater than the step by step rise in focal size that has defined a lot of its precursors, beginning at 18-200mm with the very first variation for APS-C style electronic cameras in 2005, increasing to 250mm, after that 270mm, and currently up to 300mm.

2017 Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II
2017 Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II

This moment though, the focal size range also expands larger, from 18mm to 16mm (28mm to 24mm matching), bringing significant wide-angle capability to the superzoom group for the first time. A few millimeters improvement over the previous Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD could not seem like much, however it makes a really valuable difference at brief focal sizes and also the prolonged range currently establishes a brand-new record with a tremendous 18.8 x zoom ratio. Closest concentrating range has also been minimized to gain the ‘Macro’ classification (also if it’s rarely macro in truth feeling of enabling 1:1 recreation).

Furthermore, the new lens has had a detailed mechanical overhaul with numerous welcome adjustments. The PZD (Piezo Drive) auto focusing as well as VC (Resonance Payment) image stabilization systems are both enhanced. The focusing ring is better positioned near to the video camera as well as it no longer turns during auto focusing. The develop top quality increases a notch too, with ‘moisture resistant’ building and construction. Both size and also weight have actually raised slightly, but it’s still a really convenient package.

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Heading attributes

  • Class-leading 16-300mm focal length variety (approx 24-450mm equivalent).
  • Swift and silent PZD ultrasonic-drive autofocus.
  • Efficient VC (Resonance Payment) in-lens photo stablizing.
  • Close concentrating to 0.39 m, maximum magnifying 0.34 x.
  • Weather-resistant develop.
  • Small dimension (for focal length range).
  • APS-C layout just, in fittings for Canon, Nikon as well as Sony DSLRs.

Angle of view

This is just what superzooms are everything about one lens, that goes from wide angle, with the standard focal size array, and on a really reputable telephoto. Tamron has also trade marked the term ‘done in one’ and its 16-300mm lens leads the course with an 18.8:1 zoom ratio.

Lens Design

The Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro has actually put on a little weight. At 540g, it’s acquired 90g over the previous generation 18-270mm, as well as it’s also concerning half an inch longer, however is still a reasonably light as well as easy-handling bundle, restraining with course competitors. The moderate F6.3 aperture at optimum focal size, in common with many superzooms, is a major factor in maintaining weight and also bulk down.

2017 Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II
2017 Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II

The most recognizable style adjustment is the focusing ring that’s relocated to the back, local the electronic camera, and it’s a fantastic enhancement. It not rotates throughout autofocus and also provides full-time manual override. Turning is smooth and also perfectly weighted, otherwise rather one-finger light. The zoom action is larger, though lump-free.


With careful video camera set up as well as excellent technique keeping the AF factor accurately fingernailed to the topic sharp activity and sports photos are fairly feasible, yet the hit-rate is lower than you may receive from a faster-aperture telephoto. At 300mm, the optimum aperture increases to F6.3 and that’s technically above the F5.6 autofocus ceiling of lots of DSLRs, consisting of the Canon EOS 7D we used for this test.

2017 Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II
Canon 7D, 300 mm, 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600. Photo By Azis Photography

Autofocus is by Tamron’s established PZD Piezo Drive ultrasonic electric motor. It’s effectively quiet in operation (just a barely distinct whirring of the drive equipments) and also swift, particularly around brief and mid range focal sizes where there’s much less motion called for of the inner focusing mechanism. It’s plenty quick at longer setups too, measuring 0.6 secs to move from 3m to 15m at 300mm focal size. That’s a large quantity of activity, as well as in technique regular focusing changes are a portion of that, and also similarly much quicker. Though there are much faster focusing lenses, tearing down maybe two tenths of that time, in countless servo-tracking examinations (see photos of the bicyclist, listed below) sheer AF drive speed was never ever the restricting element.

The testimonial example required mild AF micro-adjustment on the examination Canon 7D cam, and regarding +5 appeared good on the whole, increasing to +8 at 300mm for finest results. A benefit of the relatively slow moving optimum aperture is that depth of field is commonly rather charitable, offering a helpful buffer to hide small errors.

Keep in mind that no Canon lens presently has a maximum F-number greater than F5.6, and also if that’s gone beyond, using an extender for example, the AF just switches off on almost Canon’s leading designs (EOS 7D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 1D X) that are operational up to F8. Tamron fools the camera right into maintaining the autofocus working, however it cannot alter that the physical aperture dimension has passed the AF limit, and that could bring about decreased accuracy and also some hesitancy in poor light.

Picture stabilization

Whatever Tamron has done, regular service has actually absolutely been returned to as well as in this brand-new variation the VC is very much back to leading kind. And it makes a remarkable distinction in method with a lens that combines both lengthy focal size with the Tamron’s relatively high maximum F-numbers.

Canon 7D, 300 mm, 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600.
Canon 7D, 300 mm, 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600.

Picture stabilization is provided by Tamron’s tri-axial VC Vibration Compensation system. Though Tamron makes no insurance claims for performance in this specific lens, we were captivated to see just how it executes, as VC was abnormally disappointing in the previous Tamron 18-270mm VC.


Plenty of distortion existing, with solid +3.2% barreling at 16mm, transitioning with neutral at 18-20mm, then on to almost equally solid pincushion distortion at longer focal sizes, alleviating off a little to around -2% at 200-300mm. This is very recognizable in vital topics like architecture, but conveniently fixed in software.


Smaller styles like APS-C are kind to vignetting, especially with the moderate maximum apertures of a superzoom. Basically it’s not a problem right here, with the worst figure being 1.3 quits of dimming in the severe corners at 16mm f/3.5, and even that is hardly serious.


Regardless of the macro tag, no zoom is a real macro lens, as well as superzooms do not come anywhere near. Yet the Tamron does concentrate halfway decent close, to 9cm (3.5 in) from the front aspect, as well as at 300mm focal size setup (method much less compared to 300mm actually – see Emphasis Breathing listed below) that suffices to fill up the structure with a subject 6cm broad (2.4 in) – simply best for topics like blossom pictures (see bokeh instance, listed below).

Intensity is not at its ideal below, with sides as well as edges certain soft as well as there’s obvious pincushion distortion, though area monotony is well managed. Not a problem for the example this attribute is most likely to be utilized for, particularly when deepness of area is so superficial that whatever in addition to the primary topic will most likely run out emphasis anyhow.

Tamron 16-300mm Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 16–300 mm
Image stabilization Yes
Lens mount Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX), Sony/Minolta Alpha
Maximum aperture F3.5–6.3
Minimum aperture F22–40
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes Circular diaphragm
Elements 16
Groups 12
Minimum focus 0.39 m (15.35)
Maximum magnification 0.34×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Weight 540 g (1.19 lb)
Diameter 75 mm (2.95)
Length 100 mm (3.94)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 67.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar
Notes Sony version will not have image stabilisation, and will be called ’16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Macro’