Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II PZD MACRO A-mount lens review by Ssoyd

reviewer#12076 date: Jan-3-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 17-70 "C"
Tamron 18-200
Tamron 70-300 USD
Tamron 70-200 f2.8 USD
Sony 35mm f1.8
Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro
price paid:600 USD
positive:I really like this lens. My review is based on similar super zoom lenses, not high end primes and zooms of narrower zoom range.

I am really impressed with the sharpness of this lens from 16 to 250mm in the center 80% or so. At 300mm it gets a bit soft but not unacceptable. Overall I use it as a 16-250mm travel lens for which it performs admirably. The build quality is very good. Lens creep is non existent so, while it has a lock switch, I never use it. The Zoom control is slightly stiff but not enough to bother me. I believe this stiffness is the reason there is no lens creep. Some weather sealing with gasketed flange.
negative:Some distortion at 16-20mm.
Soft at 300mm.
Some CA
Some softness at extreme corners
comment:I've been using this lens for 3 months. As long as you don't expect prime or high end zoom performance this makes a great walk around/Travel lens. Compared to my old 18-200 this lens is much, much better.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 9
  • sharpness: 4.61
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.89
  • distortion: 3.89
  • flare control: 4.22
  • overall: 4.46
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