My first impressions of the Tamron 16-300

Started Jun 6, 2014 | User reviews thread
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JoeDS Regular Member • Posts: 186
My first impressions of the Tamron 16-300

I am not a pro, just a old amateur that loves to travel and take pictures. I bought this lens just for the shear fun of quickly being able to grab a shot without having to carry around several lens.

In the "old days" (really old - 60s) I had a Nikomat (yes Nikomat- bought it in Tokyo in 1967) and 50mm, 24mm, 200mm and a micro 55mm in the big wood leather covered Nikon case with the steel plate in the bottom that held 3 extra lens. I could swap lens FAST!! and it only weighed about 20 pounds.  :-D.

Now I can carry 3 pounds of gear (D7000 & this 16-300) that covers all of those 4 lens and then some! I love this lens. It may not be as sharp as my Nikon  70-300 and 16-85  But it is definitely better than my Nikon 18-200 with more coverage to boot. and unlike my 18-200 it has no lens creep. The Nikon 18-200 is so loose that you have to hold the zoom ring with one hand when taking a vertical shot. No so on the Tamron. It holds in place. As for sharpness compared to the Nikon 16-85 & 70-300 I doubt you can discern the difference in the average picture. Another plus is it is also has a 67mm filter ring (same as the 16-85 & 70-300) so I did not have to buy a new set of filters. Not a small consideration considering the high cost of a good filter.

I do believe this lens has hands down won the "walk around all around" lens completion! Buy it and have some fun

 JoeDS's gear list:JoeDS's gear list
Nikon Coolpix P7100 Nikon D70 Nikon D90 Nikon D7000 Nikon 1 V1 +16 more
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro
Lens • Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX), Sony/Minolta Alpha • B016
Announced: Feb 6, 2014
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