Tamron Announces Development of High-Power 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens for APS-C Cameras
16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)
A high-performance, high-power zoom lens that delivers
focal lengths extending from an unprecedented 16mm at the wide-angle end
up to a long-range telephoto 300mm! Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive)*1
and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 system to further
enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation “all-round
lens”, which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.
February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President &
CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has
announced the development of an advanced new all-in-one™ zoom lens
exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that
provides an amazing 18.8X zoom ratio. The lens sample will be on display
at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from February
13 to 16 in Yokohama, Japan.
Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom
lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design –
Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world-class
optics to benefit consumers.
Tamron previously launched an 18-270mm (Model B008) all-in-one™zoom
lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors
that features a 15X zoom ratio, superior image quality, swift, quiet AF,
and Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, in an
ultra-compact package. This ground-breaking lens has been winning
plaudits throughout the world.
Responding to consumers’ demand for expanded focal lengths both at
the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end, Tamron has
begun developing a completely new all-in-one™ zoom lens design that
provides an impressive focal length range extending from 16mm true
wide-angle to 300mm super-telephoto.
- A further expansion of the imaging
range. With a minimum focal length of 16mm (35mm film equivalent:
24.8mm) at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, and a maximum focal
length of 300mm (35mm film equivalent: 465mm), this remarkable new lens
provides a zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.
Responding to requests
from consumers who wanted to be able to photograph subjects with a wider
viewing angle than is possible with conventional high-power zoom
lenses, Tamron has begun developing a unique lens with a minimum focal
length of 16mm. At the telephoto end, the maximum focal length has been
increased to an impressive 300mm. Users of this new lens can enjoy
unprecedented framing flexibility by easily adjusting the angle of view
using the convenient zoom ring.
- Superior, reliable image quality with a universal lens.
lens construction features 16 elements in 12 groups. This includes
three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element,
two LD (Low Dispersion) elements, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass
element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass,
which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized
glass elements in the design contributes to thorough compensation of
optical aberrations. In addition, the use of the latest coating
technology for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces
minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting and assures sharp, crisp,
- Using a new design approach to create an ultra-compact lens.
latest optical technology has been used to provide an expanded zoom
range (compared to the B008) at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends,
without necessitating the use of an oversized lens body. By employing
UXR glass (which helps to reduce the size of the front lens diameter),
an optimized layout of the Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, and
adopting a 5-lens-group zoom system approach to provide enhanced design
flexibility, the new lens embodies the fusion of state-of-the-art
optical design, sophisticated mechanical design, and high-precision lens
manufacturing technology, thereby attaining a compact size, an
unprecedented zoom range, and superior image quality.
- A minimum focusing distance of just 0.39 meters supports an extensive range of macro photography capabilities.
new lens provides a minimum focus distance of 0.39 m over the entire
zoom range, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9. This makes it
possible to get right up close to the subject of the photo to enjoy
easy, stress-free macro photography.
- PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action.
PZD (Piezo Drive)*1, an advanced standing-wave ultrasonic motor system,
delivers faster, quieter, more precise AF action when the autofocus is
engaged. There is enhanced support for contrast-detection AF
capabilities, and focusing when in live-view mode has been made
smoother. The new lens also features full-time manual focus, a function
that was not provided by B008, making manual focusing more convenient.
- Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation).
Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 mechanism is
incorporated into the new lens.*3 VC reduces image blur caused by camera
shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting
handheld at long telephoto settings
- Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.
- Upgraded cosmetic design.
upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more
sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning
DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the
zoom and focus rings, and an elegant tungsten-silver name-brand ring,
etc., this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with
understated elegance and class.
||PZD (Piezo Drive) is a standing-wave type ultrasonic motor system
developed by Tamron. It delivers outstanding speed and quiet operation
in the AF mode. It also provides greater flexibility in design compared
with ring-type ultrasonic motors, thus contributing to reduced lens
||VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary tri-axial image stabilization mechanism.
||The Sony mount model does not include VC, since the bodies of Sony
DSLR cameras include built-in image stabilization functionality. The
name of the Sony mount model is “16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di PZD MACRO ”
without the VC designation.
|Angle of View (diagonal)
||82°12’ - 5°20’
||16 elements in 12 groups
|Minimum Focus Distance
||0.39m (15.3 in)
|Maximum Magnification Ratio
||1:2.9 (at f=300mm: MFD 0.39m)
||99.5mm (3.9 in)
||540g (19 oz)
||7 (circular diaphragm)
||Flower-shaped lens hood
||Canon, Nikon, Sony
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. may be changed without prior notice.
Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon-mount lens.
* Length is the distance between the front tip of the lens and the mount face.