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

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Weight 19 oz (539 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.95 x 3.92" (75 x 99.5 mm)
Filter Thread 67 mm


Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 82° 12' - 5° 20'
Minimum Focus Distance 15.3" (.39 m)
Elements/Groups 16/12
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2.9
Focal Length 16 - 300mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 25.6 - 480 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/22 - 40


Tripod Collar No
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Dp review.32823956
15 September 2015

Superzooms have always been a compromise, basically trading their extraordinary focal range and corresponding versatility against reduced image quality and higher maximum F/numbers. With the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro, that summary still holds, so it's not a game-changer.

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    Tremendous all-in-one versatility, Class leading 18.8x zoom ratio, 24mm equivalent wide-angle, Sharp at shorter focal lengths, Swift and quiet PZD autofocus, Effective VC image stabilization, Handy close focusing capability, Improved, weather-resistant build, Compact and light, considering the focal...

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    Reduced sharpness at longer focal lengths, especially at the edges, Slow maximum apertures, Autofocus less reliable towards long end of the zoom, Plentiful chromatic aberration, prodigious at 200-300mm, Strong distortion throughout, both barrel and pincushion, 'Focus breathing' reduces focal length...

The digital picture.34755376
15 May 2017

I may get time to complete a full Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens review at some point in the future, but for now, please enjoy the standard test results available for this lens.

Steve s digicams.32814386
19 June 2014

The Tamron 16-300MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens is a versatile and affordable compact all-in-one lens that will greatly lighten your camera bag while traveling. Featuring the biggest zoom range of their AIO lenses, and one of the lowest price tags, it is great for those looking for a bargain.

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    Compact lens with an incredible zoom range, Rubber rings make focus and zoom easy to control, Touch AF and VC switches don't changed by accident, Easy to read numbers on the lens, Very good image quality

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    Not as sharp as some available all-in-one lenses, VC still left some of our handheld image soft/blurry

Photo net.34752471
24 June 2014

Like any super wide zoom range lens, the 18.8x Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO , ( ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ) has some design compromises. It’s relatively slow at f/6.3 all the way from 124mm to 300mm.

12 June 2014

The Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is the World's first 18.8X zoom lens for APS-C sized digital SLR cameras with an impressive 16-300mm zoom range, this gives the equivalent of 24.8mm wide-angle zooming to 465mm.

Practical photography.34754171
30 September 2014

As far as superzooms go, the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is a good performer and offers one of the largest focal ranges available. At £529 it’s reasonably priced, and provides both vibration control and a splash-proof design. It certainly doesn’t offer the ultimate in image quality.

17 July 2014

The performance of the review lens was much better than we expected, given its 18.8x zoom range. Although not a match for prime lenses or significantly shorter zooms with respect to resolution, it is still an outstanding performer for a zoom with such a long focal length range.

Amateur photographer.32822919
18 June 2014

There was a time when bridge cameras were all the rage. This was the time when digital SLRs were a massive price, and digital compacts were not quite up to the job. It was also when the term ‘bridge camera’ was invented, because these all-in-one, multi-purpose zoom-lens cameras were literally a...

10 June 2014

Not only have Tamron delivered a lens that offers a uniquely huge zoom range, but they've managed to make one that performs well, is well specified, and is good value too. Although those who will only really be sated by the absolute sharpest of lenses may not be overly excited by this lens, those...

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    Very good sharpness in the centre, Extreme 18.8x zoom range, Effective VC system, Good build and splash proof construction, Compact and lightweight, Focuses very close for a lens that covers 300mm

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    CA levels towards edges of the frame are high at 300mm, Performance towards the edges of the frame falls behind at 18mm and 300mm

Lenstip com.34355424
4 June 2014

I would never buy an 18-200 mm megazoom. I don’t even mean here their weak performance because the latest launches in that segment showed that you can find several good devices, fully able to provide images of decent quality.

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    very universal focal lengths range,, good image quality in the frame centre,, proper correction of the longitudinal chromatic aberration,, slight chromatic aberration in a range from 16 to 100 mm,, sensible correction of coma in 50–300 mm range,, moderate vignetting at the longer end of focal...

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    weak image quality at the maximum relative aperture and on the edge of the frame for all focal lengths, huge level of lateral chromatic aberration in the focal range from 200 to 300 mm,, high distortion at wide angles of view.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
15 February 2016

Tamron, like Sigma, are designing some well made lenses with exceptional optical qualities. This lens with a zoom range from 16mm to 300 mm is no exception. Nice compact package for a 18.7 X zoom.Both the zoom ring and the focusing ring rotate smoothly.

Imaging resource.34355410
25 April 2016

It's a great walk around lens. I compared it with Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR and did not see significant difference that justified the price difference. It's a good, reasonable priced all-around, walk-around lens.

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    Good balanced between image quality and versatility. Solid build quality. AF is fast and accurate. For a travel/walk-around lens and given the pricing point, Tamron has stricken a sweet spot!

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    Not exactly the "Cons" but the lens design does give up the following: 1) above 200mm, don't expect great sharpness. 2) Also, if you compare the CA with any 70-300mm or prime, you will see the difference.

29 October 2015

I bought this to replace my heavy 75-300mm lens. I love my old lens, but always have had to carry 2 lenses. This Tamron has given me the ability to shoot a full range of distances with a much lighter lens.

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    lightweight good focus from macro to 300mm smooth action

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    wish it was to 400mm

25 June 2017

This lens is very nice for multiday backpacking trips. Not at all as sharp as my prime or other zoom lenses but it has a focal range to weight ratio that I'm a fan of. Anything at 300mm will be rough and chromatic aberration is an issue, but I didn't buy this lens for its telephoto capabilities.

Abt electronics.32817785
25 November 2015

Nice lens. Seems well put together. NO LENS CREEP. That is a big plus. Is the lens perfect? No. There's a little chromatic aberration, but that is fixable in software. Most of the issues are on the long end of the zoom. It's still a good, convenient lens with an impressive range. For me ...

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    Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, No lens creep

18 May 2015

Perfect for all around uses.

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    Compact, High quality images, Versatile

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    a bit heavy

B h photo.32817553
1 week ago

The Rebel with the Tamron lens is my "walk around" system. Lots of flexibility, relatively light weight and performance is quite good.I read the lens reviews before buying and my lens performs the way the reviews said it would. I am happy with it as it suits my purposes and the goals I had for it.

2 weeks ago

Sharpness very poor.

B h photo.32817553
3 weeks ago

I bought a Tamron 18-270 about 5 years ago and have not had one problem with it. Because I bought a second Sony 77II, I purchased the new Tamron 16-300. I have had nothing but problems with it. It is only 3 months old.

B h photo.32817553
16 August 2017

The lens is fantastic!

Product Highlights
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • For Cameras with APS-C Sensors
  • 25.6-480mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3 to f/22-40
  • Magnification Ratio of 1:2.9
  • One UXR & Four Aspherical Elements
  • One XR & Two Low Dispersion Elements
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Piezo Drive Autofocus System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 15.3"
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In The Box
  • Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens for Canon
  • Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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