Best of the Best Holiday 2014: Kids’ Sports – Tamron 16–300mm f/3.5–6.3...

Best of the Best Holiday 2014: Kids’ Sports – Tamron 16–300mm f/3.5–6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens


When your budding Olympian is snowboarding downhill, this 18.8x telephoto zoom lens can capture your child’s look of joy far better than a smartphone! The all-in-one lens will bring the action in close, take in sweeping landscapes, and capture fine details just 15 inches away. And its Vibration Compensation lets you shoot without blur.

This high-performance, high-power zoom lens for DSLRs with APS-C-size sensors was designed to address consumer demand for expanded focal lengths both at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end.

The lens has a wider viewing angle than is possible with conventional high-power zoom lenses, providing a minimum focal length of 16mm for true wide-angle shooting. At the telephoto end, the maximum focal length was increased to an impressive 300mm. The result: you get a compact lens you never have to change to get the shot you want.

The lens also gives you exceptional framing flexibility by easily adjusting the angle of view using its convenient zoom ring. And its minimum focus distance of 15.3 inches makes it possible to get right up close to your subject to enjoy stress-free macro photography.

The Tamron 16–300mm lens makes full use of specialized glass elements to compensate for optical aberrations. In addition, the latest coating technology suppresses reflections on lens surfaces to minimize unwanted flare and ghosting—assuring sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.

Other beneficial features include: an advanced PZD (Piezo Drive) standing-wave ultrasonic motor to deliver faster, quieter, more precise autofocus; Tamron’s acclaimed Vibration Compensation mechanism to reduce image blur caused by camera shake, even when shooting handheld at long telephoto settings; and a moisture-resistant body. The lens is currently available in Canon and Nikon mounts with Sony to follow (the latter without VC). $599.