It was while shooting the iconic Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York, Maine, that I decided to make Tamron’s new 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO lens a permanent part of my travel kit. With this wunderkind of a lens I was able to capture wide panoramic landscape images of the lighthouse and Cape Neddick in one frame, and tight, point of interest images in the next, all while retaining a level of sharpness often associated with prime lenses that are three, four, or five times as expensive as this lens. That’s remarkable value and versatility for anyone interested in travel photography.
I’ve never before used a lens that is both exceptionally versatile and optically impeccable; usually, you get one or the other. Somehow, Tamron managed to pack a ton of incredible features into one light, beautiful little lens package. That makes this lens the perfect travel companion—every bit as important as a sturdy pair of boots, a passport, or anti-diarrheal medication (sometimes trying everything can be troubling).
I loved every moment of my time in Maine, and loved capturing these moments with such a reliable, versatile piece of gear.