Expand your options with high‑power zooming from 16mm wide‑angle.
Spanning an ultra‑wide spectrum of focal lengths, the all‑in‑one™ zoom lens is a supremely versatile photographic tool. Now, Tamron sets a new standard with a revolutionary new 18.8x zoom lens for APS‑C sized digital SLR cameras. This single lens covers 16mm to 300mm and provides macro focusing.
It combines our latest advances in optical design – including the deployment of aspherical elements and newly developed glass – with multiple layers of coating to produce clear, sharp images while maintaining compact dimensions. Imagine the creative possibilities embodied in this latest breakthrough from the pioneer in high‑power zooms!
plus 1:2.9 macro reproduction
Zooming from 16mm (35mm equivalent： 25mm) to 300mm (35mm equivalent： 465mm), at its widest‑angle setting this lens can shoot sweeping panoramic landscapes and intimate interiors, and as a telephoto it can capture powerful close‑ups of distant subjects. Macro focusing down to 1:2.9 is also provided.
*For interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras. (Current as of April 10, 2014. Source: Tamron).
Wide-angle end: 16mm (35mm equivalent: 25mm)
Compared to 18mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm) models, the B016 provides wider coverage at the wide-angle end.
The cutting‑edge lens design consists of 16 elements in 12 groups and includes three Molded‑Glass Aspherical elements, two LD (Low Dispersion) elements and UXR (Ultra‑Extra Refractive Index) glass. Together, they correct optical aberrations, while state‑of‑the‑art multi‑layer coating significantly minimizes ghosting and flare to deliver images of exceptional clarity. The entire package is kept incredibly compact through the use of advanced mechanical design engineering.
In addition to opening up a dazzling array of photographic possibilities from the wide-angle end to the telephoto end, the B016 also delivers enhanced telemacro functionality. The new lens brings the minimum focusing distance down from 0.49m, which was the minimum focusing distance for the 18-270mm lens (Model B008), to just 0.39m and boasts a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9 to give users the range of macro photography capabilities that only macro lenses previously offered.
VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization system. It employs three driving coils that electromagnetically activate a shake-compensating VC lens group. Since the VC lens elements are held in place only by three ceramic ball bearings, there is smooth movement with little friction. Even when shooting long-range or under low light, the viewfinder image remains stable and tracking response is excellent.
With Tamron's PZD (Piezo Drive), autofocusing is noticeably faster and quieter. You can capture crisp images spontaneously, even in noise‑sensitive situations. There is enhanced support for contrast‑detection AF capabilities, and focusing when in live‑view mode is smoother. Full‑time manual override lets you make fine focus adjustments at any time without having to switch out of autofocus mode.
The rubber grips on the zoom and focus rings have a rectilinear grid pattern that adds sophistication to the design, while the signature Tamron brand ring in tungsten silver enhances its luxurious finish.
Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.
|Angle of View (diagonal)||82゜12' - 5゜20'|
|Lens Construction||16 elements in 12 groups|
|Minimum Focus Distance||0.39m (15.3 in)|
|Max. Magnification Ratio||1:2.9 (at f=300mm: MFD 0.39m)|
|Length*1||99.5mm (3.9 in)*|
|Weight||540g (19 oz)*|
|Diaphragm Blade Number||7 (circular diaphragm)*2|
|Standard Accessory||Flower-shaped lens hood|
|Compatible Mounts||Canon, Nikon, Sony*3|
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. may be changed without prior notice.
*Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon-mount lens.
*1 Length is the distance between the front tip of the lens and the mount face.
*2 This circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
*3 The Sony mount does not include VC since Sony digital SLR bodies include built-in image stabilization functionality.
For Nikon: 2014/04/24*
For Canon: 2014/04/24*
For Sony: 2014/08/02*
* Date of launch in Japan
Optical Construction (16 elements in 12 groups)
MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) curves describe to what extent the tested lens can faithfully reproduce contrast of the subject in images it captures.
The closer the 10 lp/mm (line pairs per millimeter) curve (the thick line for low frequency) in an MTF chart to "1" of the vertical axis (the higher up), the higher the contrast reproduction performance of the tested lens will be. The closer the 30 lp/mm curve (the thin line for high frequency) to "1" (the higher up), the higher the resolving power and thus the subjective sharpness of the lens will be.
Lens performance differs depending upon directions. Solid lines show performance in the sagittal (radial) direction while dotted lines indicate performance in the meridional (circumferential) direction. When sharp lenses capable of delivering uniform optical performance over the entire image field are tested, MTF charts show curves plotted in good balance.
Performance characteristics of photographic lenses cannot be expressed with only MTF charts. There are other factors that are expressed in different methods, such as taste of softness and degrees of compensation of various aberrations. But you can use MTF charts as a scale to measure lens performance.