Unveiled: Two New Lenses from Tamron



Tamron recently announced two additions to their lineup of zoom lenses: the APS-C-dedicated 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro and the full-frame compatible 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD. The focal-length range of each lens covers wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, making both ideally suited to everyday shooting scenarios. The 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 lens has macro capability and can focus as close as 15” with a 1:2.9 magnification ratio. In addition to a three-axis image stabilization mechanism and Piezo Drive (PZD) ultrasonic autofocus system, these all-in-one lenses have an advanced optical system optimized to produce high-quality imagery for a wide range of shooting tasks.

To further enhance image quality throughout the zoom range, Tamron equipped both pieces with their Broad-Band Anti-Reflection (BBAR) coating and an advanced optical design. Four low-dispersion glass elements, three aspherical elements, one hybrid aspherical element, and other refractive index-matched elements minimize chromatic aberration and enhance brightness, sharpness, and clarity. Both lenses are available with Canon EF, Nikon F, or Sony A lens mounts.

 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD16- 300mm f/3.5-6.3
Compatible FormatAPS-C or full-frameAPS-C
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent on APS-C)28-300mm (approx. 42-450mm)16-300mm (approx. 24-450mm)
Maximum Aperturef/3.5-6.3f/3.5-6.3
Minimum Aperturef/22-40f/22-40
Angle of View75°23’ – 8°15’ (full-frame); 52°58’ – 5°20’ (APS-C)82°12’ - 5°20’
Lens Construction19 elements in 15 groups16 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Focus Distance1.6' / 49cm1.3' / 39cm
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:3.5 (at 300mm focal length)1:2.9 (at 30mm focal length)
Filter Size67mm67mm
Number of Diaphragm Blades77
Lens MountCanon EF, Nikon F, Sony ACanon EF, Nikon F, Sony A
Dimensions2.9 x 3.8" / 74.4 x 96mm3 x 3.9" / 75 x 99.5mm
Weight1.2 lb / 540 g1.2 lb / 540 g



I have a Canon EOS 7D camera, should I be considering the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens or the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens.  I know one is for APS-C cameras and the othe ris for full frame, but I don't understand the difference.  Please advise.  


Thanks in Advance,

Scott W

The Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II is designed for use with APS-C sized sensor cameras (such as the Canon 7D). The lens mount itself will have a shorter flange focal distance than a Full Frame lens like the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di, and will protrude further into the camera. That is why, at least in Canon's case, crop sensors lenses shouldn't be used on full frame sensor bodies as this could possible cause damage to the mirror. The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di, being designed for full frame cameras, will have a longer flange distance and can be used with both crop sensor and full frame sensor cameras. 

Can a 1.4x teleconverter be used on a Sony Alpha A Mount DSLR(a65)with a Tamron 16-300mm lens?

Has the price of the 28-300 decreased dramatrically because Tamron will be rolling out a new version?  If yes, do you have an ETA and any idea of what the differences will be?

Prices of lenses can drop over time for many reasons. That being said, I haven’t seen an announcement from Tamron about a new 28-300mm lens. We wouldn’t know what they might be working on until they make an announcement.

I am ready to purchase this lens.  I live in Canada.  If I buy from you, what warranty will I have?

The Tamron lenses that B&H carry are distributed through Tamron USA.  jAccording to them, the 6-year limited warranty is only valid in the USA.

Any idea if they will soon be coming out with a 16-300 lens for a Sony E-mount? 

At this time, Tamron does not offer the 16-300mm lens in an E-mount.  They have yet to introduce a mirrorless mount option for any of their DSLR lenses, so I don’t know if this would be an option they would introduce in the future.

Will the 16-300mm Tamron be compatible with my Canon XSI?


need information on use of my Tamron 300mm f 1.28 LD (IF) SLR LENS on MANUAL with my D5100. If anyone knows of manual 4 tnis lens. Canon 300mm f 2.8 seems 2 b closest comparable. 

What specific questions did you have about using that lens with the D5100?  I would suggest contacting our Photo Department directly via email with the questions you have about using the lens on your D5100 (or if you are having issues, include as much pertinent information as you can).  [email protected]

Can I use the Tamron 16-300mm with the Sony Alpha 6000? Which lens adapter do I need?

You would need an adapter to use the Tamron 16-300mm on the a6000.  Which adapter would depend on which mount you went with.  If you go with the A-mount option, you might look at an adapter from Sony.  If you go with the Canon EF mount, you might look at an adapter from Metabones.  *Christina*


Will this lens work with Nikon D5100


Both the Tamron 16-300mm and 28-300mm lenses for Nikon would be compatible with the Nikon D5100, yes.

I shoot outdoor sports on an a (crop sensor) Sony a77ii in the range of 30-200mm.  I get by in low light with a 70-200mm f2.8 but the wider end would allow more photos to be taken.  I sell these pictures to participants.  Since I don't need the lower range would the 28-300 lens provide noticably better quality in that range compared to the 16-300 lens? 

Consider the 1.5x factor in deciding on the lens.  In your first comment, where you mention shooting with a crop sensor in the range of 30-200mm I infer that those focals are after the 1.5x crop factor.  If that is the case, then you would be better off with the 16-300mm lens as 28mm x 1.5x is greater than 30mm (it comes to 42mm after the factor).  If your need of the 30mm focal is after the 1.5x factor, then the 16-300mm lens would serve you better as 16mm x 1.5 = 24mm.

I just recently purchased the Sony a6000, can I use the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di ll PZD lens with an A to E mount adapter with this camera?  Are there any limitations in doing so?  Does it work well?

Thank yoy

You could use the Tamron 16-300mm lens on the Sony a6000 with one of the A to E-mount adapters.  Though, autofocus might not be retained depending on the adapter and due to this being a third party lens.  

I have a Canon EOS 550D. I would like to know about compatibility with the 16-300 mm Tamron lense, I would benefit from any critical feedback on this lense.

Wil 16-300 work on Nikon FX camera D750?

The Tamron 16-300mm lens is designed for use on APS-C size (DX format cameras).  While you can technically use DX format lenses on full frame cameras, there will be limitations.  The image circle of a DX lens will not completely cover a full frame sensor.  So the Nikon FX camera (D750) will automatically crop down into DX mode when using DX lenses.

According to the spec Tamron 28-300mm is for FF body and 16-300mm for APS-C body. My understanding is:
(a) if 28-300 is mounted on FF body focal length also will be 28-300, however if 28-300 is mounted on Nikon D5200 (APS-C) body the actual focal length on APS-C body will be aprox. 42-450mm.
(b) however if 16-300mm is mounted on D5200 (APS-C body) the actual focal length still will be 16-300mm, it will not be 42-450mm; I also understand that FF lens can be mounted on APS-C body but not the other way round.

Question: am I correct with the above and that for a "longer reach" (up to 450mm) I should use 28-300mm on D5200 body instead of 16-300mm ?

Your understanding on the lenses is close to correct.

Your (a) Statement is correct.  Regarding your (b) statement, please note the following:

Lenses such as the 16-300mm lens, which are designed an optimized for use on APS-C camera sensors are still measured and numerated in the same standard as 35mm/full-frame lenses.  The 1.5x factor still applies for this lens.  When using the 16-300mm lens on your D5200, the equivalent focal range of the lens would be 24-450mm.  Ultimately it’s worth keeping in mind that ANY lens you mount on the D5200 will be multiplied by 1.5x from how it is labeled (regardless if it is an APS-C/DX type formatted lens).

How would, 16-300mm work on photographing small insects and flowers?

I have a Nikon D-80.

While you could take photos of insects and flowers with the Tamron 16-300mm lens, if you want to fill the frame with these smaller subjects, you would be better off going for a prime macro lens.  They will allow you to get closer to smaller subjects while retaining focus, than you would otherwise be able to.  This allows for those smaller subjects to be larger in the frame, capturing more detail.

The Di VC PZD can be mounted in the Canon Eos 5D Mark III?

The Tamron 28-300mm Di VC PZD lens for Canon is compatible with the 5D III, and would mount directly to the camera.

will this lens be compatible with my aony A7r

Unfortunately, Tamron is not making either of these lenses for the E-mount at this time.  So, you would need to use a lens adapter to use any of the versions of these two lenses on the Sony a7R.

Will the 16 - 300mm fit the Nikon D -80?

Yes, the new 16-300mm is compatible with the D80 camera.  The D80 does not have any type of compatibility issues and may be used with any autofocus lenses made by Nikon or for the Nikon AF system by other manufacturers.

Helpful distincion between the two. Thank you.

Wow! either of these would be the ideal walk - around all purpose lens.

But what I cannot understand is why can't they make these for a sony "E" mount. I have a Sony NEX 5N.

I can't help but wonder if I had a Sony A to E converter, would this lens work?

Thanks for any advise you can give me.

Mike Pistilli

I've appreciated the 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens on my Canon 7D for several years. I turn to to it almost exclusively while on daylong shoots outdoors, its lightness and verstaility making it an ideal, all-purpose option. Shortly acquiring a 6D in November, I learned that Tamron was developing the 28-300mm, full-frame PZD counterpart, so I was excited about its release. But when it hit the market recently, I was floored by the 28-300's retail price of $850, given that the 18-270mm was $200 less when it first hit the market, and that the 18-270 now can be purchased for $150-200 less than that when rebates are factored in. Why the price point discrepancy? What does the 28-300mm have to warrant what is to me a significant price differential with the 18-270mm?

Unfortunately, full frame lenses are typically more expensive than their APS-C size sensor counterparts.  Full frame all-in one lenses are no exception.  All I can think is that the optical design and materials for a lens that needs a larger image circle must cost the manufacturers more.

Are both lenses compatible with the Nikon D80?

The Nikon version of both lenses would be compatible with the D80, yes.

You must get asked this a lot, but any idea when the Sony version of the 16-300 will be available?

Unfortunately, I’m not seeing an Estimated Delivery date in our system for the 18-300mm lens for Sony from Tamron, so I wouldn’t be able to say when we might see it in.  If you haven't already, you could choose the Notify When in Stock option on the lens’s page on our website.  We would then send you an email when it came into stock.

Please let me know when these lenses become available as well as the price. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and am most interested in the 16-300mm.

Is the Tamron 16-300 an IS type lens that can be used on Rebel Digital camera?

The Tamron 16-300mm lenses for Canon and Nikon have VC (Vibration Control), which is Tamron’s version of IS.  The version for Canon would be compatible with the Digital Rebels, yes.

Any word if an E mount version of the 16-300mm for the NEX (APS-C) is in the works?

Unfortunately, until Tamron made an announcement, we would have no way of knowing whether or not they are planning on releasing a lens in a certain mount.  So I wouldn’t be able to say if they are working on an E-mount for the 16-300mm lens.

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