Tamron AF 55-200mm F4-5.6 Di II A-mount lens review by Hi72

reviewer#11665 date: Feb-2-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SAL16105
Minolta 35-105 F3,5-4,5
Minolta 35-70 F4.0
Minolta 70-210 F4.0 (beercan)
Minolta 70-210 F3.5-4.5
price paid:100 EUR (new)
positive:sharp
light-weight
F4.0 from 55 to 120 mm
price
5 years warranty
negative:build
bokeh
comment:I bought this lens because its range fits perfectly for a telezoom on an APS-C-camera.
From the first day this lens surprised me with its sharpness. The AF works well, not to noisy but it's slower than the one of my other lenses, which are not the fastest ones either.
Compared to my minolta lenses, the colors are a bit flat. But the pictures still look ok to me.
The lens starts at F4.0 and stays with that till 120mm. So you get more light than with the 16105 which costs five times the money.
It's an all plastic lens. But that makes it really light-weight. The zoom ring is big, the zoom doesn't creep and with a 5 years warranty you don't have to worry to much about its build.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 50
  • sharpness: 4.54
  • color: 4.42
  • build: 3.70
  • distortion: 4.46
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.32
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