Tamron continues to push the All-In-One zoom envelop with their new B016 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro. With an ultra-wide spectrum of focal lengths, the new 18.8X zoom lens for APS-C sized digital SLR cameras (Tamron utilizes the Di-II designation for digital SLR cameras with image sensors referred to as APS-C). This single lens covers 16mm to 300mm and provides 1:2.9 macro focusing. It combines the deployment of aspherical elements and newly developed glass with multiple layers of coating, while maintaining compact dimensions.
Zooming from 16mm (35mm equivalent:24.8mm) to 300mm (35mm equivalent: 465mm), at its widest-angle setting, allows this lens to accomplish panoramic landscapes, as well as close-ups of distant subjects. Macro focusing down to 1:2.9 is also provided. VC (Vibration Compensation), Tamron’s proprietary image stabilization system, is also featured on this lens. It employs three driving coils that electromagnetically activate a shake-compensating VC lens group. Since the VC lens elements are held in place only by three ceramic ball bearings, Tamron claims to have smooth movement with little friction.
» Model Number: B016
» Lens Construction (Groups/Elements): 12/16
» Angle of View: 82°12′ – 5°20′
» Diaphragm Blade Number: 7 (circular diaphragm)
» Minimum Aperture: F/22 ~ F/40
» Minimum Focus Distance: 15.3in.(0.39m)
» Macro Magnification Ratio: 1:2.9 (at f=300mm; MFD 0.39m)
» Filter Diameter: ø67
» Weight: 540g (19oz)
» Length: 3.9in (99.5mm)
» Diameter: ø75mm
» Accessory: Flower-shaped Lens hood
» Available Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony A mount
» 6 Year USA Limited Warranty
With Tamron’s PZD (Piezo Drive), autofocusing is noticeably faster and quieter than other offerings without this feature. There is enhanced support for contrast-detection AF capabilities, and focusing when in live-view mode is smoother. Full-time manual override lets you make fine focus adjustments at any time without having to switch out of autofocus mode. The lens design consists of 16 elements in 12 groups and includes three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, two LD (Low Dispersion) elements and UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass. Together, they correct optical aberrations, while the multi-layer coating minimizes ghosting and flare. The entire package is kept incredibly compact through the use of advanced mechanical design engineering. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens and rubber grips on the zoom provide solid traction.
Tamron’s B016 costs $629 and is available now.