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Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 – Initial Thoughts and Unboxing

By Anthony Thurston on May 18th 2014

Tamron has a new all-in-one 16-300mm lens out, and while this is not a lens that many professionals will be interested in, it still has potential to be a great one stop shop for the hobby and family use photographers out there.


I have not seen many reviews on this lens out yet, so when my local camera shop gave me a call to let me know they just got one in, I decided to take it out for a spin. I only had the lens for a brief period, but I wanted to share my initial thoughts on this lens.

Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Initial Thoughts and Unboxing Video

So, just to recap the video for those of you who don’t have time to watch: I liked the lens, which was a little surprising to me. It is easy to get caught up with fast F/2.8 apertures and it’s easy to forget that even these variable aperture all-in-one type lenses are still capable of quality images in the right conditions.

You also have to tip your cap to Tamron on the quality of this lens. It feels solid, not top quality by any means, but it feels like a quality budget lens that will work well for those who take care of their gear. I wouldn’t expect this lens to survive rough use, but then again, I wouldn’t expect most lenses in this class to do that either.

[REWIND: Initial Thoughts on the Sony RX10]

In my limited time shooting with the lens, the VC seemed to be nice and smooth and the AF quick and snappy. Probably the only area that gave me pause was that the zoom ring was a little tight, but not overly so, just a bit more than I usually like. Not a big deal.

Overall, keeping expectations in check, this was a great little lens. The $629 price tag isn’t bad, though for anyone entertaining aspirations of going pro, there are better zoom options for only a little bit more, and primes for cheaper. But for what it is, and what its intended uses are, this seems like a great option for anyone needing a single grab-n-go lens.

[Special Thanks To Focal Point Photography For The Review Lens]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. french guy

    Thanks for the informations provided. This IS impossible to find any samples shot on internet. I really wait for your live test outdoor ans hope to see it soon! I would like to buy it but need more test!

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  2. Kenneth

    @ Anthony Thurston

    Thanks for you time and reply. Was just eager to see some test shots, not a review. Can’t seam to find any pictures taken wide open anywhere on the net. They are all shot from F 9 and upwards. Would love for You to make a few shots for Your final review, shot WIDE OPEN at both ends and in the middle.

    Thanks for the effort :)

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  3. Bill Emmett

    I’ve been using the Tamron 18-270mm VC for the past several years. I has been a great vacation lens, and general walk around lens. This is new “update” of that lens. The people at Tamron has shown some real quality packages lately in their lens department. Not only will this lens become a “go-to” lens, but will come with a 6 year warranty.

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  4. Kenneth

    Could you please provide some samples?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I will be doing so in my final review. Image samples are not really the point of these initial thoughts and unboxing posts. But fear not, the full review should not be too far off. Thanks for the comment!

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