Product Comparison: Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | C vs Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD

Advertiser Disclosure

This site is a free online resource that strives to offer helpful content and comparison features to its visitors. Please be advised that the operator of this site accepts advertising compensation from certain companies that appear on the site, and such compensation impacts the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented, and in some cases may also impact the scoring that is assigned to them. The scoring that appears on this site is determined by the site operator in its sole discretion, and should NOT be relied upon for accuracy purposes. In fact, Company/product listings on this page DO NOT imply endorsement by the site operator. Except as expressly set forth in our Terms of Use, all representations and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information which appears on this site is subject to change at any time. More info

General Specifications
18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | C
16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD
About the Product
Capture the power and beauty of wildlife, birds, travel destinations, and exciting sports action close-ups with this high-performance 150 - 600mm long-range zoom. VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) enable you to shoot crisp images of fast-moving, distant subjects handheld, while proprietary Tamron optical technology, including eBAND Coating, works to suppress flare and ghosting for impressively clear, vibrant images.
Spanning an ultra-wide spectrum of focal lengths, the all-in-one™ zoom lens is a supremely versatile photographic tool. Now, Tamron sets a new standard with a revolutionary new 18.8x zoom lens for APS-C sized digital SLR cameras. This single lens covers 16mm to 300mm and provides macro focusing.
Key Specs
Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Nikon F-Bayonet
Maximum Aperture
3.5 /f
3.5 /f
Minimum Focal Length
18 millimeters
16 millimeters
Maximum Focal Length
300 millimeters
300 millimeters
Lens Type
Multi-purpose Lenses
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | C Lens for Nikon
  • This low-cost all-in-one lens is well-made and allows me to get great photos at a wide range of magnifications. While not as sharp as prime lenses, this lens is, in my opinion, acceptably sharp and easily corrected in DxO Optics Pro or similar programs to get great output.
  • This lens is a great all around lens. I have mine hooked up to a DX sensor. It is reasonably sharp. I dont shoot it at 18mm or 300mm pushing towards the ends lowers the sharpness a bit. But otherwise I am very happy with it. And its not too heavy for carrying around all day.
  • I have only had it for a couple of days now but so far I love it. I have used it at my son's soccer game and just taking random photos here and there to test it. It is heavier than Nikon lenses but I will gladly deal with that instead of switching lenses constantly.
  • But in the end, this lens is really only an improvement for me in the convenience category; the ability to take one lens on most occasions. Because, as for quality of image, I find it to be no better than two of the kit lenses I have.
  • I'm not profesional, I use my camara in familary occasions and I think it's very good, because I don't need to change the lens at every moment
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD Zoom for Nikon DX DSLR Cameras
  • Love the 16 - 300mm feature! The capability to manual focus even when in AF was the selling deal for me as I had seen this feature on a review. Focus is fast and quiet.
  • The 16-300 range is very versatile, focus is fast and sure (in my experience at least, all the way out to 300 mm), not as much problem with vignetting as some of my Nikon lenses
  • With an aperture of 6.3 I didn't expect it to focus indoors under not so good lighting and it didn't. No big deal. That's what manual focus is for. I feel that this is a great lens for everyday use whether it's indoors with good lighting or outdoors.
  • It replaces to two lenses that I had and also improves the length of telephoto I have available enabling me to carry one lens instead of two all the time and switching back-and-forth between lenses.
  • Awesome lens, but it refuses to focus in auto on my D7000... it spends a lot of time hunting, and then when it settles in the frame is still way out of focus.
Size & Weight
3.1 in.
2.95 in.
3.1 in.
2.95 in.
4 in.
4.3 in.
20.6 oz.
19 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | C Lens for Nikon
  • It's fast and quiet AF, good image quality, light weight and compact size make it an excellent everyday or travel lens.
  • I have done some testing of the lens and find it's lightweight and feels firm and solid.
  • As a starter lens with MACRO capability is is great. It is light weight, accurate and sharp in all focal lengths.
  • Obviously F3.5-6.3 requirements limits low light exposures.. This is the only shortcoming I found so far. But when considering the focal lengths, weight and striking images the design of this lens is excellent.
  • Images are sharp corner to corner and the lighter weight makes it my favorite for travel and spontaneous birding.
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD Zoom for Nikon DX DSLR Cameras
  • Slightly smaller and lighter than similar competitors.
  • The lens is a bit heavy but I will take that over carrying two lens with me any day!
  • It is relatively light weight and easy to carry. I'm out photographing nature almost every day.
  • Its a very large lense and weight is about the same or more than my d3300.
  • The negative is the weight of the lens ~ it makes my camera a lot heavier than with the Nikon lenses.
Minimum Focus Distance
15.3 in.
15.3 in.
Field Of View
76.5º - 5.4º
82°12' - 5°20'
Zoom Type
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Optical Stabilization
What customers say about "Imaging"
Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | C Lens for Nikon
  • The lens is great otherwise, quite sharp. Finally remember Sigma does not recommend this lens for video use except in MF. Using AF will cause a lot of noise from the focus motor.
  • For sharpness I set up a test using a tripod, and a target on an easel and took comparison shots at 18, 50, 85, 150 and 270/300. This was not a real lab test and I used each lens at it's smallest aperture but in every case the SIGMA 18-300 was first or a very close second.
  • I love the versatility of this lens. Being able to go from wide angle to moderate telephoto without changing lenses is a great time saver.
  • The sharpness is surprisingly good, especially at 300mm. The build quality seems to be good, as well.
  • It feels solid and well built while still be light enough for everyday use. My only tiny minimal complaint is the zoom feels very tight.
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD Zoom for Nikon DX DSLR Cameras
  • Best-in-class range (18.8-to-1 zoom). Good auto-focus and stabilization.
  • Auto-focusing is fast and crisp, and the manual focus ring turns smoothly and easily.
  • The zoom is a tad stiff, but unlike my previous superzoom (Nikon 18-200) there is no zoom creep when carried face down, even without engaging the zoom lock.
  • The VC (image stabilization) appears to be excellent, enabling hand-held telephoto shots at relatively slow shutter speeds.
  • Noticeable optical distortion over entire range.
Brand Compatibility
Sensor Type Compatibility
Lens Groups and Elements
17 Elements in 13 Groups
16 elements in 12 groups
Number of Aperture Blades
Filter Diameter
72 millimeters
67 millimeters
Super compact high-ratio zoom lens, Customization and flexible adjustment with Sigma USB Dock, Renewed OS (Optical Stabilization) for better compensation, Hyper Sonic Motor AF System
Enhanced telemacro functionality helps achieve a minimum focusing distance of 0.39m, VC (Vibration Compensation), Wide-angle zoom lens for panoramic shots, PZD (Piezo drive) and high-torque USD motor for clear, precise focus, Aspherical lens elements help eliminate aberration, Moisture-resistant construction
What customers say about "Features"
Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | C Lens for Nikon
  • The IS works fine, the lens is quite useful at full aperture in the long end.
  • Great lens for a DSLR that you dedicate a single lens to. Wide focal range, a respectable aperture range, decent glass, and solid build quality. Image stabilization allows for low light shooting, and the lens size is comparable or beats many competitor lenses.
  • It is reasonably compact for the huge zoom range when folded at 18mm level. And the construction is not flimsy. It has some heft feel. Mount is metal, not plastic.
  • I use this lens on full frame and crop sensor cameras Love Great value
  • Lens is very sharp. Great for the money. Autofocus works well but is a little noisy. Other than that great lens. Awesome lens for just about anything.
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD Zoom for Nikon DX DSLR Cameras
  • Good build with weather-sealed construction.
  • The zoom ring is nice and wide and its smooth enough for most people.
  • It has a Lock click switch to stop it from Zoom Creeping(When the lens is pointed downward and the zoom ring extends accidentally) but the lens doesn't Zoom Creep at all anyways but its nice to have.
  • Came with the lens hood which is great but would have loved for a lens pouch also.
  • 6 year warranty on this item gives some peace of mind. Pictures are sharp and beautiful.
  • Half-stop slower at telephoto end than competitors.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
4 year(s)
6 year(s)
Other Information
399.00 $

Other reviews