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


Covering perspectives from near to far, this wide-to-telephoto zoom is specifically designed for APS-C sensors and is now available for the Sony A mount. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal-length range of 24-450mm, this lens is well suited for nearly all applications, including close-up shooting, due to a 1:2.9 reproduction ratio and 15.3" minimum focusing distance at the 300mm position.


The sophisticated optical design incorporates two low-dispersion elements and one Hybrid Aspherical element to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range. Multi-layered coatings also benefit the image quality by minimizing reflections and enhancing contrast and clarity. Additionally, one Extra Refractive Index element and one Ultra-Extra Refractive Index element are also employed to maintain an overall compact form factor. A Piezo Drive AF motor further benefits working with the lens and produces near-silent and smooth focusing performance that is well suited to video applications.


In addition to the Sony A mount, this 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 lens is also available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, where it sees the inclusion of a Vibration Compensation image stabilization system to minimize the appearance of camera shake.


How much does this new lens weigh?

The Tamron 16-300mm lens weighs 19 oz (539 g).

Does this lens keep the same horizontal attitude when zoom is engaged?  In other words, will gnd and cpl filters retain their orientation to the horizon when zoomed (if zoomed is a word)?



The Tamron 16-300mm lens’s filter thread will rotate when the lens is focused or zoomed (the zoom ring is rotated), so you would need to re-adjust the orientation of GND and CPL filters after zooming or focusing.  This is typical of lenses with this large of a focal range.

Will the lens work with a full frame sensor??

The Tamron 16-300mm lens is designed for use solely with APS-C size sensor cameras; it is not intended for use on full frame cameras.  If you have a Nikon or Sony full frame camera, you could use the lens, but you would need to shoot in DX or APS-C size sensor mode, and the lens will not have an image circle designed to cover a full frame sensor.  Canon full frame cameras do not have this option.

Gordon wrote:

Will the lens work with a full frame sensor??

Any rumor as to when they might produce for a Pentax mount?

Unfortunately at the present time there is no indication that they will offer this lens in the Pentax mount.

I have two questions; how are the images at the extreme ends of this lens, and how will it work and deliver in the video function of the Canon 70D?

Considering the overall broad zoom focal range of the lens, it is quite sharp on each end with nice contrast. It can be used for video on the 70D with no issues.

The Tamron 16-300mm lens for Canon would be compatible with the 70D, and would be a great option for an all-in-one lens for that camera.

Will this lens fit any Cannon DSLR camera?


The Tamron 16-300mm lens for Canon will be compatible with any Canon APS-C size sensor DSLR.

How do you market this as a macro lens with a reproduction ration of only 1:2.9?  A true macro lens requires a ratio of at least 1:1.

While a true macro lens will be a prime lens and typically have at least life size reproduction, some manufacturers will use the term macro on their zoom lenses that have a shorter minimum focus distance than is typical for a lens in its focal range.  If one is looking to just shoot macro images, a dedicated macro lens would be the better option.  But for an all-in-one lens that is capable of still taking fairly close up shots of flowers or insects, the 16-300mm would be a decent option.


Will this lens fit a Nikon D-5000

The Tamron 16-300mm lens for Nikon will be compatible with the Nikon D5000, yes.  This lens can be used on any DX format Nikon DSLR.