Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II PZD MACRO A-mount lens review by Ssoyd
|Ssoyd#12076 date: Jan-3-2015|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma 17-70 "C"|
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 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.|