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I tested the new Tamron 16-300mm All-in-one Zoom lens in the field for three months, and put it through its paces in numerous real-world situations. This wonderful piece of glass exceeded my expectations in every way. Take the Fish Fry on the island of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos as an example of just how well this lens performs. I wanted to capture scenes of island life—local food, folks, and flavors—and wanted to do it while blending in with the crowd. That meant carrying a smaller camera and lens combination than I usually would, and leaving my bulky camera bag at the hotel; luckily, my new Tamron lens is smaller than most other lenses in its class, and only a fraction of the size of my big, heavy 24-70mm lenses, which means that I was able to zip around the Fish Fry with one camera, one lens, and one flash. I was able to shoot portraits of ripsaw musicians and performers in the Junkanoo Parade as well as curious foods and local crafts—all with one versatile zoom lens. My new Tamron focuses quickly and quietly, and allowed me to zoom in on the Junkanoo performers when I couldn’t otherwise get close, and also allowed me to get low and wide and develop a fuller scene when I was able to get close to the action. This lens renders outstanding colors and depth, even at large apertures. It also works exceptionally well with an external flash, which means that nearly all my photography needs are met with one small, lightweight package.
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