A wide-angle zoom lens that can stay stable on its own is an incredible tool for the travel photographer. A wide-angle zoom with vibration compensation features is especially handy when shooting water features. Water looks best when a sense of movement is communicated to the viewer, but communicating that sense of movement requires a slow shutter speed, which would normally mean carrying a tripod into the field in order to keep a camera steady.
Thanks to its proprietary Vibration Compensation technology, Tamron’s 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO is a fantastic performer when it comes to staying stable. When this tech kicks in, I can easily slow my shutter to 1/15th of a second—or slower—and keep static elements of my image razor sharp. Portland’s Japanese Garden is full of scenes just like this one—scenes that demand a sense of natural fluidity. Waterfalls, streams, flowing Japanese maples, koi ponds, glistening moss; the perfect creative fodder for this versatile lens.
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