On this video comparison, photographer Toby Gelston takes a look at two super zoom lenses – the new Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | C and the little older Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD to see which one is better and why.
We have looked at the Tamron 16-300 in depth earlier this year and with the introduction of the new Sigma (which joins two Nikon 18-300mm lenses with two different apertures), becomes the forth zoom lens on the market with this sort of focal length.
If we are looking at the bottom line, Gelston actually prefers the Tamron over the Sigma despite the somewhat lower image quality. Why you ask well, here are his main reasons:
- Better AF.
- Wider focal length (16mm vs. 18mm).
- Better IS (pretty noticeable in video).
- Less breathing (the actual focal length of the Tamron is closer to 300mm than the Sigma).
- Manual focus override (allowing you to change focus using the focus ring without changing to MF mode).
On the other hand:
- The Sigma is somewhat sharper.
- Has more comfortable bottoms.
So there you have it – two super zoom lenses which are pretty similar in general specs but with some real world differences. We do want to mention – and here we completely agree with Gelston, that both lenses (and actually all super zooms) are a compromise of convenience – yes they have a great range of focal lengths (the Tamron in particular with it’s 16mm wide angle) however both the image quality and the effective apertures are less than ideal (although to get anything significantly better you will need to pay a lot more, carry a lot more and/or loose a lot of flexibility in the focal range.
The Tamron 16-300mm lens – check out our full review here
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