Tam­ron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro £430/$500


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This Tam­ron has a big­ger zoom range than any other lens avail­able for Nikon DSLRs, and de­liv­ers a ma­jor bonus when it comes to wide-an­gle shoot­ing. It’s the only su­per­zoom that shrinks to a 16mm rather than 18mm fo­cal length – equiv­a­lent to 24mm rather than 27mm on a full-frame cam­era. It can there­fore shoe­horn a lot more of a scene into the im­age frame.

Un­usu­ally for an ul­tra­sonic mo­tor-based aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, the fo­cus ring re­mains sta­tionery dur­ing AF, and also en­ables full-time manual over­ride. Han­dling is there­fore just as nat­u­ral as with the Nikon lenses, and the lens fea­tures a fo­cus dis­tance scale po­si­tioned be­neath a view­ing panel.


Com­pared with the Sigma 18-300mm, the Tam­ron is slightly less sharp at 100mm, but sharper at 200mm. Both lenses de­liver sim­i­lar sharp­ness at other fo­cal lengths. The only down­side is that the Tam­ron has worse colour fring­ing, but this is au­to­mat­i­cally cor­rected in re­cent Nikon DSLRs any­way.

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