The Other Tamron: 16-300 Samples (Rodney Dangerfield Edition)

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rxb dc Senior Member • Posts: 2,103
The Other Tamron: 16-300 Samples (Rodney Dangerfield Edition)

I've been shooting with the Tamron 16-300 for almost 10 months now. This lens has received its share of appreciation for its versatility but occasional criticism, especially from a few here who repeatedly maligned the lens for its problems (without actually posting a single image in most cases) in what almost seemed like a negative-campaign.

My experience has been that it is a really nice lens to carry with you. I've taken it on travel, walking/hiking and for general use. The combination of the wide angle (16 mm on APS-C or about 25mm on Canon) and long (300mm, 480mm equivalent) really does provide a lot of creative freedom. My experience at our local park is indicative - with that one lens, I can grab photographs of birds and a sunset.

It does suffer from CR in high contrast scenarios but nothing that cannot be fixed in post. I did a comparison test a few months back, comparing it to the Canon 10-18, Canon 50 and Tamron 150-600 (at appropriate focal lengths) here 'Tamron 16-300 compared to Canon 10-18, Canon 50 and Tamron 150-600' and the results were pretty decent.


  • Versatility : 5
  • Travel/Portability: 5
  • Range: 4 (especially like that wide is almost to 25mm)
  • Macro Capability: 4 (just under 1:3 - IQ seems decent)
  • Handling: 4
  • AF: 4.5
  • Image Stabilization: 5
  • Image Quality: 4
  • Chromatic Aberration: 3.5

Would I recommend this lens to my friends - YES

Best Features: One lens to take everywhere; opens up creative possibilities (because of instantly available range)

Worst: CR; slow like most zooms; not as sharp as say the Canon 10-18

Anyhow, here are some representative photos that I hope you will enjoy and perhaps help you make a choice. Note that some of the images are focus stacked or multi-image exposures for DR.

Focus stacked. This is the sharpest image - check out the details at 100%.

This is a multi-shot composite made from exposure bracketed shots.

This was under fairly low light conditions. Hand held, with a little support against the car door.

Focus stacked

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