A spring storm dampened my hiking plans last weekend, and kept me out of the Bighorn Mountains. But when the clouds broke for a brief period on Sunday afternoon, I zipped out of the house and into the foothills on one of Sheridan’s hiking trails. I had my D7000 with me, and just one lens—the new Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO. I came upon this battered old pickup, and by the time I was finished shooting it, I knew that my lens bag had just shrunk.
In a situation like this, I usually look for a few different angles; I get some ultra-wide angle images, compress the distance between foreground and background with a telephoto lens, and shoot a few images somewhere in the mid-range. With the Tamron, I can do all of that, and not have to worry about changing lenses. The Tamron also comes in a small, light, robust package, which means it doesn’t take up much space in a camera bag or backpack. It’s the perfect travel companion, even if that travel only takes you out into your own backyard.
Another element of this lens I love is its sharpness at tiny apertures; to smooth out the clouds, I needed a slow shutter speed, so I set up my tripod, I dialed in f/22 on my Nikon D7000, slapped a 10x neutral density on to the end of the Tamron lens, and shot a 150 second long image. The resulting image is razor sharp, without even a hint of diffraction.
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