Review Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

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Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016. The lens is shown in film slr camera.

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  2. In short
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  5. Assembly
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  7. Stabilizer
  8. Focusing
  9. Image quality
  10. Sample Photos
  11. Prices / where to buy
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In this review, the Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 lens will be abbreviated as 'Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3'. Here I am reviewing the version for Nikon DX cameras - B016N.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

In short

The Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 is a versatile lens for cropped Nikon, Sony and Canon cameras. It is interesting with a large set of focal lengths, at the same time it is possible to use a 16 mm wide-angle range and a 300 mm tele range. This is the first lens with such a large zoom ratio. At the time of this review, the Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 has the highest zoom ratio of any DSLR lens. A near 20x zoom allows the Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 to be used as a 'one lens for everything'.

All in all, the Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 is the most mega-super-ultra-hyper zoom lens. But, as you know, the higher the zoom ratio, the more difficult it is to achieve good image quality. The lens itself is not very strong optically, but it is very easy to use, especially when there is good lighting.

Simultaneously with the announcement of the Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3, a very similar lens was shown, but designed for full-frame cameras - Tamron PZD Di 28-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Piezo Drive VC Model A010.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

History

Tamron has always been the first or one of the first to create and is creating ever new lenses with a record zoom ratio.

A short digression into Tamron's super-zoom line of SLR cameras with an APS-C sensor:

  1. Model A14 Tamron AF 18-200 mm 1: 3.5-6.3 (IF) Aspherical LD ​​XR DiII Macro, February 2005. Country of origin Japan or China. The Pentax version has a metal mount; for Nikon / Canon / Sony / Minolta, the mount is plastic. In March 2008, an improved model appears for Nikon cameras Tamron model A14 NII with built-in focus motor, focus mode switch, 8 microprocessor pins and metal mount. Most likely lenses Sony AF DT 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 и Minolta AF DT 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 D use the same optical scheme and are copies of it.
  2. Model B018 Tamron AF 18-200 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II VCAugust 2015.
  3. Model A18 Tamron AF 18-250 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro, September 2006. Country of origin Japan or China. In December 2007 an improved model appears for Nikon cameras Tamron model A18 NII with built-in focus motor, focus mode switch and 8 microprocessor pins. Most likely lenses Sony AF DT 3.5-6.3 / 18-250 и SMC Pentax-DA 1: 3.5-6.3 18-250mm AL [IF] и Samsung 18-250 1:3.5-6.3 use the same optical scheme and are copies of it.
  4. Model B003 Tamron AF 18-270 mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Di II LD [IF] Aspherical VC MacroJuly 2008.
  5. Model B008 Tamron AF 18-270 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD, December 2010. Most likely the lens SMC Pentax-DA 1: 3.5-6.3 18-270mm ED SDM use the same optical design.
  6. Model B008TS Tamron AF 18-270 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZDSeptember 2016.
  7. Model B016 Tamron AF 16-300 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro, February 2014.
  8. Model B028 Tamron 18-400 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLDJune 2017.

There is still PROMASTER DIGITAL XR EDO AF Aspherical LD ​​(IF) 18-200 mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Macrowhich is a model Tamron model a14 under the brand Promaster.

Two lenses for mirrorless cameras stand separately:

  1. Model C001 Tamron Microphone 14-150 mm F / 3.5-5.8 Di III, black or silver, June 2014, for cameras with Micro 4/3 mount
  2. Model B011 Tamron 18-200 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di III VC, black or silver, December 2011, for cameras with Sony E mount and Canon EOS M
  3. Model B061 Tamron 18-300 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (E + X) [Model B061], July 2021, for Sony E and FujiFilm X

Other companies, at the time of the creation of this review, did not have a lens with a set of focal lengths from 16 to 300 mm.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Main characteristics of Tamron PZD Di II 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 B016 Piezo Drive VC (version B016N for Nikon cameras)

Review Instance Name Tamron PZD Ø 67mm Di II 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 B016 Piezo Drive VC is indicated on the lens, Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO Model: B016N for Nikon Built-In Motor D Compatible is indicated on the box
Basic properties
  • B016 N - version for Nikon cameras, without aperture control ring, with a built-in focusing motor and transfer of focusing distance to the camera
  • DI II (Ddigitally Integrated II) - the lens is designed for use on digital cameras with an APS-C sensor
  • VC (Vibration Compensation) - built-in image stabilizer with separate switch (only in lens versions for Nikon and Canon)
  • Pzd (PieZo Drive) - special ultrasonic focusing motor
  • FTM (Full Time Manual Focusing) - the possibility of constant manual focus control
  • IF (Internal Focus) - internal focusing
  • AF / MF - focus mode switch
  • MACRO - the possibility of pseudo-macro shooting (marking is indicated on the box)
  • 8 special optical elements (UXR, LD, Molded Aspherical, ASL, XR, details in the section on optical design)
  • MLC (Multi-Lyesterday Coating) - multi-layer coating of optics
  • ZL (Zoom Lock) - zoom ring lock
  • RD (Rounded Diaphragm) - rounded diaphragm
  • MR (Moisture Resistant) - splash-proof with rubber lens mount
  • the first lens for APS-C cameras with such a huge zoom ratio
  • 5 year warranty
Front Filter Diameter 67 mm
Focal length 16-300 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 24-450 mm (!)
Zoom ratio 18.75 X (often rounded to 18.8)
Designed by for cropped digital cameras of the Nikon DX line. Model B016 also exists for Canon and Sony cameras.
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals that form a fairly even hole
Labels window with focusing distance in meters and feet, focal lengths for 16, 35, 50, 70, 100, 200, 300 mm, hood attachment mark, bayonet mount mark
Diaphragm
  • 16mm F / 3.5-F / 22
  • 35mm F / 4.5-F / 29
  • 50mm F / 5-F / 32
  • 70mm F / 5.3-F / 36
  • 100mm F / 5.6-F / 36
  • 200mm F / 6.3-F / 40
  • 300mm F / 6.3-F / 40

The lens does not have an aperture ring (G - lens type for Nikon cameras)

MDF 0.39 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 2.9 (at a value of 300 mm focal length)
The weight 540 g
Optical design 16 elements in 12 groups of which:

  •   ASL (Hybrid aspherical elements) - 1 hybrid aspherical element (combination of glass and plastic)
  •   UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) - 1 element with ultra-high refractive index
  •   LD (Low Dispersion) - 2 special low dispersion elements.
  •   Molded-Glass Aspherical - 3 molded glass aspherical elements
  •   XR (Extra Refractive Index) - 1 element with a high refractive index

Additionally, special enlightenment of optics is used.

Tamron 16-300 optical circuitThe image is clickable.

Lens hood Petal plastic hood HB016 supplied. The hood can be set to transport mode.
Manufacturer country MADE IN CHINA (Made in China)
3D view See
Price
Instructions See
Period Available since February 6, 2014. In June 2017, supplemented by a new version Model B028 Tamron 18-400 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Please note that the Tamron B016 lens is available for:

  • Canon - Model B016 E (overview here)
  • Sony / Minolta - Model B016 S
  • Nikon - Model B016 N

For Pentax cameras, a lens is not produced, but it may happen that Pentax releases its own lens on the same optical circuit.

When I was preparing this review, I noticed that in official brochures, Tokina and Tamron lenses are almost always shown with a Nikon mount, and the specification always contains something like this 'specifications are for Nikon F version'.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Assembly

The lens has metal bayonet. The insides of the lens, as far as can be judged from the view from the rear lens, are made of plastic. The zoom ring is rubberized, wide and pleasant to use. In the review, I visited a completely new lens in which the zoom ring rotates a little tight. The front lens does not rotate during focal length changes. The retractable body frame (trunk) consists of two plastic sections. The focusing ring is not rubberized, but pleasant to use.

It is stated that the lens is protected from splashes, however, in the instructions to it there is no data about it. Near the mount is rubber compressorprotecting the bayonet mount from dust and moisture.

The lens is made in China. Despite the huge zoom ratio, Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 has a fairly compact size and low weight. Overall, touch, lens assembled efficiently. I did not find any obvious flaws. In addition, in the box with the lens, I found a warranty card for 5 years.

Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 has a nice body design with a silver tungsten strip between the focus distance window and the focus ring.

There is a bayonet mount mark and a mark on the case for quick installation of the hood. The lens uses a plastic lens hood Tamron HB016 (Made In Philippines), which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access to the zoom ring is a little difficult. When you change the focal length, the lens hood moves with the front of the lens. Due to the huge spread in focal lengths, the lens hood is maximally effective at 16 mm of focal length and practically ineffective in the range of 200-300 mm.

When changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'vacuum cleaner effect', which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera. In Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3, the effect of a vacuum cleaner is very pronounced.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Blocker 'LOCK' (ZL - ZOOM LOCK)

Frame (trunk) for Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 does not spontaneously change its size under its own weight. Perhaps such an unpleasant phenomenon can begin only with time. To avoid this, there is a focal length lock 'LOCK' (the so-called 'zoom lock') on the lens body, which tightly locks focal length at a value of 16 mm.

To fix the trunk of the lens, you must first set 16 mm focal length. In the fixed value, a red bar is visible near the button.

The switch is located in a not very convenient place - under the index finger of the right hand. Before shooting, 'removing the lens from the lock' is not very simple.

Who has already reached a critical time, when the trunk began to live its own life, write your feelings in the comments.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Stabilizer

Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 can use the built-in image stabilizer. The stabilization function is unique to lenses for Canon and Nikon; for Sony cameras, the lens is available without a stabilizer.

There is a VC ON / OFF stabilizer operation switch on the lens. The stabilizer works almost silently.

The manufacturer does not indicate the effectiveness of the stabilizer. In practice, Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 holds 3-4 stops on shutter speedwhich is quite good. I was able to take pictures of stationary objects from hand to hand without any problems shutter speed 1/30 sec and 300 mm focal length (in Gallery there is even a portrait for 300 mm and 1/30 seconds). If you try, you can take a good picture even for 1/10 of a second and 300 mm of focal length. Generally, the stabilizer works well.

Nowhere is it indicated whether the stabilizer can track the movement of the lens during panoramic shooting. Unlike the original Nikon 18-300 / 3.5-5.6G VR Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 does not have a choice of Active / Normal stabilization modes or the like.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 with hood HB016

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 with hood HB016

Focusing

To focus, the lens uses a special piezo ultrasonic focusing motor 'PZD' (PieZo Drive). Everywhere it is written that this technology uses silent focusing, in fact, there is no escape from focusing noise. During focusing, the focusing system may crackle and hum a little. During real work with the Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 lens, there is a special difference with micro-motors Nikon SMW I did not find. How the PZD motor works here.

Important: this lens will automatically focus on all Nikon DSLR cameras. Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 is an analog of the Nikon series lenses AF-S / AF-I, Nikon SWM. Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 has no focus problems in Live View.

When used on a camera Nikon D90 with unpretentious Multi-CAM 1000 focusing system the lens often refocused during operation in the range of 100-300 mm. In conditions with poor lighting, auto focus completely lost objects from the field of view, and the lens constantly fidgeted in search of focus. Also, sometimes focusing can freeze in one place. In the range of 200-300 mm, the lens from the review suffered from front-focus (it focused closer than the selected subject). My Nikon D90 just like a week ago I was on the focus adjustment in the official service. On the net, I found this kind of information about problems with the back and front focus.

Auto focus speed medium (closer to low). Focusing time from infinity to MDF and back is approximately equal to that of the lens Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6GII. I noticed that the focusing motor focuses from infinity to MDF much faster than in the opposite direction. Focusing speed weakly depends on the selected focal length.

Focusing on Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 internal - when focusing, neither the front nor the rear lens rotates, and the lens itself does not change its size when focusing.

During auto focus, the focus ring remains stationary. In manual focus mode, the focus ring rotates approximately 135 degrees. When extreme positions are reached, the focus ring does not rest, but continues to slide, without affecting the focus. Manual focus is not particularly comfortable, but still better than in many budget lenses.

The lens has a window with a distance scale with marks in meters and feet. The scale is small, on it there are marks only for 7, 3, 1, 0.39 meters and a label of 'infinity'. Such a scale in itself is of little use and is present more for show (justification of this thought here).

The minimum focusing distance is only 39 cm (the distance from the camera’s matrix to the subject). With such an MDF, the maximum magnification ratio is 1: 2.9. Thus, the lens allows you to shoot amateur 'close'. Due to such a small focusing distance on the lens box, among its titles, you can find the prefix 'MACRO'.

Note: at 300 mm of the focal length, while focusing on MDF, the distance from the front lens of the lens to the subject is only 9 cm. If you shoot 'macro objects' located on a horizontal surface, when focusing at the smallest possible distance, you can hook this lens hood the very surface.

It's important. The lens has a very pronounced 'Focus Breathing' effect (changing the viewing angle during focusing). When focusing on the MDF at 300 mm of the focal length, the effective focal length is approximately 100-150 mm. At Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 I observe one of the most powerful effects of 'Focus Breathing'.

When changing the focal length, focusing is lost. The lens is by no means parfocal.

Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 has focus mode switch 'AF / MF'. For manual focus, the lens does not have to be set to 'MF' mode. The lens uses full mode FTM (Full Time Manual Focusing) - the ability to continuously control focus manually while using the 'AF' mode. This is the first third-party lens I found with FTM mode completely similar Nikon M / A... As soon as you touch the focus ring, auto focus is disabled, no matter what focus settings have been set in the camera. Tamron has done its best. Tamron FTM / Nikon M / A modes are very useful during real work, for example, they can be used to implement the 'Focus Traps'.

The effect of F / 6.3 on focus:

The instructions for most Nikon cameras indicate the threshold for the maximum relative aperture of the lens with which correct auto focus will be available. Most Nikon cameras are designed for lenses only. no darker than f / 5.6. For example, camera Nikon D90 и D70using which test shots were taken, theoretically should not work correctly with this lens. But still, as my practice has shown, in conditions with good lighting there are no special problems with automatic focusing even on cameras that are not designed to work with lenses with F / 6.3. Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 goes beyond F / 5.6 at a focal length value of 125 mm (!), At this value the maximum relative aperture is already 1: 6.0.

You can find a list of Nikon cameras whose focus sensors can easily focus with lenses with a maximum aperture of F / 5.6-8.0 here. At the time of writing, there were only three Nikon DX cameras with this feature: D7100, D7200, D500. In Live View, the restriction on F / 6.3 may not work.

The same remark applies to cameras from other manufacturers.

Small relative aperture - one of the main reasons for frequent focus misses and 'jerking' the focus with this lens.

At the time I wrote this review, there was only one super zoom with a similar zoom ratio that uses F / 5.6 at its long end - this Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical. Unfortunately, Tamron only makes its super-zooms with F / 6.3 at the long end.

Important: Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-6.3 is a third party lens. It may happen that it will not work correctly with new Nikon cameras, which will be presented after the announcement of this lens. Details on this issue have been reviewed by me here.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 with HB016 hood in transport mode (hood installed in the opposite direction)

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 with covers and hood HB016 in transport mode (hood installed in the opposite direction)

Image quality

The optical scheme of the lens contains a huge number of special optical elements that make the lens light, compact and with a possibility of 19x zoom. I don’t know how, but Tamron managed to create this lens with good image quality. Most of all I was afraid of low sharpness at 300 mm focal length, but the fears were not so serious. Even at 300 mm, the lens shows tolerable sharpness at F / 6.3.

The main disadvantages of the image:

  • strong distortion by 16 mm, small distortion over the entire range of focal lengths
  • low sharpness at the edges and corners of the image at almost all focal lengths
  • a large number of chromatic aberrations in the range of 200-300 mm
  • strong vignetting at 16 mm and F / 3.5 and slightly smaller in the range of 200-300 mm
  • lean bokeh

The main advantages of the created image:

  • good contrast over the entire range of focal lengths
  • good sharpness in the center of the frame on open apertures in the range of 16-200 mm, acceptable sharpness in the range of 200-300 mm
  • good color rendering
  • even circles in the blur zone due to rounded aperture blades
  • good macro mode

Optimum image quality is achieved at F / 8-F / 11.

Unfortunately, focusing errors, especially the problem of front and back focus, greatly spoil the final image quality.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016, front lens enlightenment

Sample Photos

Pictures are shown from the camera. Nikon D90.

Autumn portrait on Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Autumn portrait on Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Pictures in the gallery below are shown without processing. During shooting was used safety filter Marumi DHG Super Lens Protect 67mm Made in Japan.

You can download the source files at this link.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016, view from the bayonet side. Enlightenment of the rear lens

Prices

Prices for the lens Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 in popular online stores can look at this link.

In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.


Alternatives

Below is a list of all hyper-zooms for SLR or mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor and a range of focal lengths greater than or equal to the classic 18-200 mm.

Tamron (different mounts):

  1. Model A14 Tamron 18 200/3.5-6.3 AF (IF) Aspherical LD ​​XR DiII Macro, February 2005. Country of origin Japan or China. The Pentax version has a metal mount; for Nikon / Canon / Sony / Minolta, the mount is plastic. In March 2008, an improved model appears for Nikon cameras Tamron model A14 NII with built-in focus motor, focus mode switch, 8 microprocessor pins and metal mount.
  2. PROMASTER 18 200/3.5-6.3 DIGITAL XR EDO AF Aspherical LD ​​(IF) Macrois a model Tamron model a14 under the brand Promaster. Japanese assembly.
  3. Model B018 Tamron 18 200/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VCAugust 2015.
  4. Model B011 Tamron 18-200 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di III VC, black or silver, December 2011, for cameras with Sony E mount and Canon EOS M
  5. Model A18 Tamron 18 250/3.5-6.3 AF Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro, September 2006. Country of origin Japan or China. In December 2007 an improved model appears for Nikon cameras Tamron model A18 NII with built-in focus motor, focus mode switch and 8 microprocessor pins.
  6. Model B003 Tamron 18 270/3.5-6.3 AF Di II LD [IF] Aspherical VC MacroJuly 2008.
  7. Model B008 Tamron 18 270/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZD, December 2010. Country of origin China or Vietnam.
  8. Model B008TS Tamron 18 270/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZDSeptember 2016.
  9. Model B016 Tamron 16 300/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZD Macro, February 2014.
  10. Model B028 Tamron 18 400/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLDJune 2017.

Sigma (different mounts):

  1. Sigma 18-200 mm/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC , February 2005.
  2. Quantaray 18 200/3.5-6.3 Dio Multi-Coated, previous lens under the delusion of 'Quantaray'
  3. Sigma 18 200/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC (+ -HSM) OS (Optical Stabilizer)September 2006 velvet or smooth black body. The HSM motor is only available on Nikon camera lenses.
  4. Quantaray 18 200/3.5-6.3 Dio OS (+ -HSM) Multi-Coated, previous lens under the delusion of 'Quantaray'.
  5. Sigma 18 200/3.5-6.3 II Zoom DC HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)October 2011.
  6. Sigma 18 200/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO | C (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer), January 2014.
  7. Sigma 18 250/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)January 2009
  8. Sigma 18 250/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC Macro HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)June 2012.
  9. Sigma 18 300/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO | C (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer)September 2014.

Nikon (F):

  1. Nikon 18 200/3.5-5.6G DX VRNovember 2005.
  2. Nikon 18 200/3.5-5.6GII DX VRJuly 2009.
  3. Nikon 18 300/3.5-5.6G DX VRJune 2012.
  4. Nikon 18 300/3.5-6.3G DX VRApril 2014.

Sony ('A' or 'E'):

  1. Sony 18 200/3.5-6.3 AF DT mount A is likely to use an optical circuit Tamron model a14.
  2. Minolta 18 200/3.5-6.3 AF DT Dmount A is likely to use an optical circuit Tamron a14
  3. Sony 18 250/3.5-6.3 AF DT, A mount, since 2007, most likely uses optical design Tamron model a18.
  4. Sony 18 200/3.5-6.3 OSSmount E + its copy in the face Hasselblad E 3.5-6.3 / 18-200 OSS
  5. Sony 18 200/3.5-6.3 OSS LE, E mount
  6. Sony 18 200/3.5-6.3 PZ OSS, E mount

Pentax (K):

  1. Pentax 18 250/3.5-6.3 AL SMC DA [IF], October 2007, most likely uses an optical circuit Tamron model a18.
  2. Pentax 18 270/3.5-6.3 ED SMC DA SDM, September 2012, most likely uses an optical circuit Tamron model b008.
  3. Samsung 18 250/ 3.5-6.3, with Pentax KAF2 mount, 2008, (most likely uses optical design Tamron model a18.

Canon (EFS):

  1. Canon 18 200/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens EF-S (Image Sbabilizer)August 2008.

Samsung (NX):

  1. Samsung 18 200/3.5-5.6 ED OIS i-Functionmount Samsung NX
Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 and Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm 1: 2.8D

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 and Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm 1: 2.8D

My experience

At first I was very pleased with the capabilities of the Tamron 16-300mm f / 3.5-6.3, it pleased me with many things, including the normal (not bad) image quality. However, after viewing the footage on a computer, my ardor for the lens dropped - frequent focusing errors in the tele-range changed my desire to buy such a lens for personal use.

Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 showed itself well for street shooting. It will be a great solution for holidays and outdoor recreation. About 15 years ago, many could not even dream about such a lens.

Compared to other lenses, the Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 not only increased the long end from 270 to 300 mm, but also took care of the wide angle. From third-party manufacturers Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 is the first such universal lens with the ability to use 16 mm focal length. Even among the original lenses, there are only two models, with the ability to set 16 mm: Nikon 16-85 VR и Nikon 16-80 VR.

Personally, I can forgive Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 for all its shortcomings, because he is a pioneer in his class. To overestimate such a set of focal lengths, and even for that kind of money, is very difficult.

Sizes of Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 and Tokina AT-X 80-400mm 1: 4.5-5.6 (AT-X 840 AF-II)

Sizes of Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 with a hood HB016 and Tokina AT-X 80-400mm 1: 4.5-5.6 (AT-X 840 AF-II) no hood

Results

The Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016 is a balanced versatile lens with a huge zoom ratio. Of the shortcomings, I want to highlight the weak aperture F / 6.0-F / 6.3 in the range of 125-300 mm, which plays a cruel joke with the focusing system of cameras with simple focusing systems. Of the advantages, I want to highlight a good build, the work of the stabilizer, small size and low weight, and most importantly - good image quality.

UPD: On June 24, 2017 a new model was presented - Tamron 18-400 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Model B028

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Comments: 103, on the topic: Review of Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC Model B016

  • Louise Rubinova

    nowhere can I find which canon is suitable for the lens Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II PZD VC for canon everywhere only nikon and I have a canon for canon 6D it does not go but to which canon does it go ???

  • Novel

    Good evening. Please, please. In the presence of d5200 and Nikon 18-105. Will we shrink the Tamron 16-300 by the quality of the Nikon 18-105? Is it Nikon 70-300? Diffuse focal points 16-300. Dyakuyu for vidpovid.

  • Olga

    Good morning everyone. Also looking for a replacement for Nikon 18-105. I would like 300 or more. I am tormented by a choice. Tamron 16-300, or 18-400. I hope their quality will be higher than 18-105. Or I'm wrong? The budget is up to 700-800 dollars. Help, pliz.

    • Michael

      You are wrong. The quality will be worse. The greater the focal spread, the worse the image is. This is a general rule

      • Novel

        Would V be pleased to replace Nikon 18-105 on d5200? I think brothers Nikon or Tamron 70-300. And take it up to 70 mm? There is no money on the TOP. Photos - hobbies ...

        • B. R. P.

          The same Tamron 17-50 2,8, or Sigma 17-70. Sigma 17-50 2,8 lane. In extreme case Nikkor 18-70.

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