16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO B016
Spanning an astonishing range of focal lengths from true wide-angle 16mm to 300mm telephoto (35mm film equivalent: 24.8-465mm), at its widest-angle setting this lens can shoot sweeping panoramic landscapes and intimate interiors, and as a telephoto it can capture powerful close-ups of distant subjects. This unprecedented flexibility in framing is available with a quick turn of the zoom ring.
Leading-edge optics with ultrasonic focus and image stabilisation – plus 1:2.9 macro
The lens combines our latest advances in optical design – including the deployment of aspherical elements and newly developed glass – with multiple layers of coating to produce clear, sharp images while maintaining compact dimensions. And like all new Tamron lenses, ultrasonic focus and Vibration Compensation provide fast, quiet AF response and sharp images in lower light. Macro focusing down to 1:2.9 is also provided.
Improvements upon the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) include:
- Greater focal length range – another 32mm
- Enhanced support for contrast-detection AF capabilities
- Smoother focusing in live-view mode
- Full-time manual focus
- Greater maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9
VC (Vibration Compensation) makes friends of low light and telephoto
VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary image stabilisation system. It employs three driving coils that electromagnetically activate a shake-compensating VC lens group. The VC lens elements are held in place only by three ceramic ball bearings, giving smooth movement with little friction. Even when shooting long-range or under low light, the viewfinder image remains stable and the tracking response is excellent.
Super-smooth and accurate with PZD (Piezo Drive)
Pioneered in the Model B008, the PZD (Piezo Drive) piezoelectric drive is Tamron’s internal standing wave ultrasonic internal motor system. Autofocusing is noticeably faster and quieter. Capture crisp images spontaneously, even in noise-sensitive situations. There is enhanced support for contrast-detection AF capabilities, and focusing when in live-view mode is smoother.
Full-time manual override
Make fine focus adjustments at any time without having to switch out of autofocus mode.
Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.
Minimum focus distance of 39cm over the zoom range, with macro capability to 1:2.9
Designed exclusively for APS-C sized digital SLR cameras, this all-in-one zoom has a minimum focal distance of 0.39m (15.3 in.) through the entire zoom range. Macro capability down to 1:2.9 allows you to enjoy high-quality macro photography with astonishing convenience.
High image quality in a compact, lightweight zoom
This cutting-edge design employs Tamron’s advanced optical and mechanical design technology. There are 16 elements in 12 groups including three Moulded-Glass Aspherical elements, two LD (Low Dispersion) elements and UXR (Ultra-eXtra Refractive Index) glass. Together, they correct optical aberrations, while state-of-the-art multilayer coating significantly minimises ghosting and flare to deliver images of exceptional clarity. The entire package is kept incredibly compact through the use of advanced mechanical design engineering.
Elegant new design
The rubber grips on the zoom and focus rings have a rectilinear grid pattern that adds sophistication to the design, while the signature Tamron brand ring in tungsten silver enhances its luxurious finish.
‘Standing waves’ drive a smaller, lighter, but highly accurate AF mechanism
Tamron’s piezoelectric drive is an internal standing-wave ultrasonic internal motor system. Instead of the travelling wave of a USD lens, in a PZD lens a standing wave turns and extends the piezoelectric element. The entire element moves in a standing wave pattern, moving the metal tip (the contact surface) in an elliptical motion. The friction of this movement moves the rotor for a smooth, precise autofocus.
Lighter and smaller than other autofocus drives, the piezoelectric drive features simplified operation and requires fewer components, contributing to the reduction in size and weight of a lens.
Far superior image quality – while reducing lens size and weight
Tamron uses several hybrid aspherical lens elements in its lenses bearing the Aspherical designation. The benefits are two-fold: first, their non-spherical shapes virtually eliminate spherical aberration and image distortion. Second, as one hybrid aspherical lens element can take the place of multiple elements without compromising performance, they allow the lens to be much more compact.
As a result, these innovative optics have played a crucial role in delivering uniformly high image quality across all apertures and focal lengths of extraordinarily compact ultra-zoom lenses.
Compensates for camera blur on long shutter speeds – for sharp images in much less light
Tamron’s unique VC mechanism uses a proprietary actuator and algorithms to deliver an extremely stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking. The mechanism employs a tri-axial system in which three driving coils move internal optical components within the VC lens electromagnetically, based on signals originating from three steel ball bearings. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the steel balls, achieving smooth movement with minimal friction. The simplicity of this mechanical structure is also one of the secrets of Tamron’s compact lens sizes.
Ultra Extra Refractive Index
XR glass enhanced
UXR glass is a development of XR glass, bending light even further. Like XR glass, UXR plays an important role in minimising the size and weight of the lens, optimising handling and dexterity.
Sharpens edges by reducing ‘colour fringing’
Chromatic aberration occurs when a lens element refracts different wavelengths of a ray of light – its rainbow colours – at very slightly different angles. This results in the ‘colour fringing’ that reduces the sharpness of an image. LD elements are made from special glass materials with extremely low dispersion indices (i.e. the refraction of a ray of light into rainbow colours is extremely narrow). Thus they effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the centre of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (toward the edges of the field) that often occurs at short (wideangle) focal lengths.
Although costly, LD glass materials result in clear, vivid image quality.
Extra Refractive Index
More compact lenses with superior image quality
XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass can bend light rays at steeper angles, thereby decreasing the physical length of the lens while enhancing imaging performance by minimising optical aberrations. With its superior light-bending power, XR glass makes it possible to design a short-barrel lens with the same light-gathering ability (aperture value) as a long-barrel lens – even with a smaller lens diameter. By using this principle Tamron has been able to shorten the length of the entire optical system and produce lighter, more compact lenses of the same speed, and also to provide greater zoom ranges in lenses that are much more convenient to carry and hand-hold.
XR glass is costlier than conventional glass but it yields enhanced optical power distribution, making the innovative XR lens designs possible.
1. Length, entire length and weight figures are for Nikon-mount lens.
2. The distance between the mount face and the tip of the lens.
3. This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken at two stops down from its maximum aperture.
4. The Sony mount does not include VC, since Sony digital SLR bodies include built-in image stabilisation.
* Specifications, appearance functionality, etc. may be changed without prior notice.
Di II lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital SLR cameras with APS-C-format image sensors. This kind of sensor has dimensions smaller than that of a frame of 35mm film, so the circle of light transmitted by the lens to the sensor can be smaller. This means that the lens too can be more compact in size and often lighter in weight.
All Tamron Di II lenses are specially optimised to meet the performance characteristics of DSLRs, providing maximal resolution concentrated within the image field and assuring that light rays at the edges of the frame reach the sensor at favourable angles, thereby minimising peripheral light falloff.
As well, Di II lenses incorporate measures to increase light transmission and eliminate the ghosting and flare that are particularly noticeable with digital cameras. Tamron’s advanced multi-coatings are applied not only to external and internal lens surfaces, but also to surfaces in between cemented lens elements.
Tamron’s Di-II range