Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Zoom Lens, for Canon EOS Digital SLRs with APS-C Sensors, U.S.A. Warranty

Tamron 16-300mm: Picture 1 regular $629.00

About Tamron 16-300mm

Tamron 16-300MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO is an advanced new All-in-One zoom lens, designed exclusively for DSLRs with APS-Csize image sensors, that provides an amazing 18.8X zoom ratio.

A further expansion of the imaging range with a minimum focal length of 16mm (35mm film equivalent: 24.8mm) at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, and a maximum focal length of 300mm (35mm film equivalent: 465mm), this remarkable new lens provides the world's first zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.

Superior, reliable image quality.
The lens construction features 16 elements in 12 groups. This includes three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, two LD (Low Dispersion) elements, one XR (Extra Refractive index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has a greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in the design contributes to thorough compensation of optical aberrations. In addition, the use of the latest coating technology for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting and assures sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.

Using a new design approach to create an ultra-compact lens.
The latest optical technology has been used to provide an expanded zoom range (compared to the B008) at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends, without necessitating the use of an oversized lens body. By employing UXR glass (which helps to reduce the size of the front lens diameter), an optimized layout of the Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, and adopting a 5-lens-group zoom system approach to provide enhanced design flexibility, the new lens embodies the fusion of state-of-the-art optical design, sophisticated mechanical design, and high-precision lens manufacturing technology, thereby attaining a compact size, an unprecedented zoom range, and superior image quality.

A minimum focusing distance of just 15.3 inches supports an extensive range of macro photography capabilities.
The new lens provides a minimum focus distance of 15.3 inches over the entire zoom range, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9. This makes it possible to get right up close to the subject of the photo to enjoy easy, stress-free macro photography.

PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action.
The PZD (Piezo Drive) advanced standing-wave ultrasonic motor system delivers faster, quieter, more precise AF action when the autofocus is engaged. There is enhanced support for contrast-detection AF capabilities, and focusing when in live-view mode has been made smoother. The new lens also features full-time manual focus, a function that was not provided on the B008, making manual focusing more convenient.

Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation)
Tamron's acclaimed VC mechanism is incorporated into the new lens. VC reduces ima ge blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld at long telephoto settings.

Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.

Upgraded cosmetic design.
Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings, and an elegant tungsten-silver name-brand ring, etc., this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
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Tamron 16-300mm Features

  • A high-performance, high-power zoom lens that delivers focal lengths extending from an unprecedented 16mm at the wide-angle end up to a long-range telephoto 300mm!
  • Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive) and Tamron's exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation)system to further enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation "all-around lens", which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.

Tamron 16-300mm Specifications

12 Groups/ 16 Elements
Diaphragm: 7 blades
Angle of view
82°12' - 5°20' (for APS-C format)
Closest Focusing Distance
15.3 in (0.39m)
Maximum Magnification
1:2.9 (at f=300mm: MFD 15.3in)
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.9" x 2.9"
540g (19oz.)
Flower Shaped Lens Hood
F stop range
f/3.5 - f/6.3 to f/22-40
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Tamron 16-300mm Reviews

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(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review


Love-Hate relationship

The lens was great when it first arrived. Then I began to get error message that the camera and the lens were "not communicating." Called both Tamron and Adorama and fortunately it was still in 30 day return. Waiting to receive a new one. Loved it when it worked. Stuff happens sometimes but I'm glad it happened within warranty. Adorama you great , return easy!


Most Liked Negative Review


Don't Buy!

Since this lens was introduced in May I have sent back TWO of them. Both for the same problem - the lens is not communicating with the camera. Basically what that means is the lens just stops working. Seriously Tamron? One is a fluke, but two in less than 6 weeks. I think there is some sort of serious quality control issue here. Very disappointed!!!!

Reviewed by 17 customers


Good product at an attractive price


from Piedmont North Carolina  -  Photo Enthusiast

pretty much to be used on one (1) Sony body all the time. This would be very convient to carry around.


Update on "Sharpness Does Matter"


from San Antonio

This is an update to my intial review of April 4. Today, while at church, I looked at a bulletin board that had numersous 4X6 prints of the photos taken at our church's Easter egg hunt. The person in charge of the board routinely uses a high quality print shop for printed images - unfortunately, those taken with this lens confirmed my initial impressions re: sharpness or noticeable lack thereof. As stated before, I will continue to use this lens for the pros it provides, but sharpness is not one of them.


Great travel lens



When on a trip wishing to travel light taking only one lens, this is the one I chose. Covers wide angle and telephoto options in one lens. Especially in dusty or humid conditions no need to change lenses.


For Traveling with One Lens


from East Coast

Bought to use during travels. Have only just received it, but I did spend a little time testing it out. It seems to be well made and test shots appear to be clean and sharp across focal lengths.


Sharpness Does Matter


from San Antonio

First, let me say that I do not expect perfection from a lens with this much range. That is a tall order. Today, I took almost 800 photos at my church's annual Easter Egg hunt. After returning home, I compared those images with images taken with my Sigma 18-250 and Tamron 70-300 under similar conditions (overcast and the same Nikon D7100 body)and find the Tamron 16-300 to be consistently softer in the short and long zoom range compared to the other two lenses. I expected the images from the Tamron 70-300 to be a bit more sharp since this lens is less complex. So, no surprise there. While I know that the Sigma 18-250 is not a more direct comparison as the new Sigma 18-300 might be but the images from the Sigma were noticeably more sharp across the full focal range. I have read where some have had issues with focusing but I have not had this problem. I do not want to trash this lens as it has many nice features such as weather sealing, weight, etc. Will I continue to use the lens.........certainly. Tamron should be commended for achieving such a accomplishment but its success is not without compromise. I will be more selective for when I will use it. Will I consider it for my one lens for foreign travel to minimize bulk? Yes. Will this be my go to lens that stays on my camera? Probably not. I have learned that sharpness matters more than I first thought.


Great lens to travel with


from Harrison, Maine

Like to travel with one lens and this fits the bill.


Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD M


from Tallahassee, FL

I was excited when I saw the ad of this lens. I was disappointed when I received it. For some reason I could not focus my subjects at many different focal length. I returned it.


Excellent travel lens


from Fredericksburg VA

My "go to" equipment as a fine art photographer is a Canon EOS 7D several zoom lenses and two primes. On a recent 9 week trip, I used the recently purchased Tamron 16-300 almost exclusively. The range was useful for everything. Very pleased with this equipment.


Ideal Travel Lens


from Mount Prospect, IL

After trying to switch my 35-80 lens to my 80-300 and forgetting to make setting changes. I decided this would be ideal for out travels, I could get the coverage I wanted without changing lens. While I still forget to change settings at times, switching from wide angle to telephoto by merely zooming is great! I have also found the ability to focus so closely provides quality closeups which are almost or as good as my macro.


One TRAVEL lens



Good to use one lens , sharpness 90% focus fast in good light concoctions, good in low light have to use tripod in night photography


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Todd T  what Canon Bodies will this work for?
Andrew R  This lens should work with most (if not all) EOS DSLRs with the APS-C sized sensor. This lens would not be compatible with full-frame bodies.
Todd T  Can you give me a few model options
Todd T  what Canon Bodies will this work for?
Andrew R  This lens should work with most (if not all) EOS DSLRs with the APS-C sized sensor. This lens would not be compatible with full-frame bodies.
Todd T  Can you give me a few model options
Bruce P  Many reviews talk about the lens not communicating with the camera. How much of an issue is that?
ALVIS E  I've not had any issues with my lens. It's my permanent lens on my 70D. Only once, when the lens was brand new, did I turn on the camera and the lens failed to function. I turned the camera off and then back on and it then worked perfectly. It's performed perfectly ever since.
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