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

reviewer#1413 date: Nov-12-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:70-210 f4: 75-300 f4.5-5.6
price paid:170 USD (new)
positive:light, small, dropping down to 55 mm makes it more versatile than the standard 70/75mm lenses, faster than the std 75-300 it's f4 to 125 mm and doesn't get to f5.6 until 180mm. Sharp through the range. Cheap. Filters are cheap too - 52mm
negative:Not full frame, plastic mount
comment:I was already covered in this range but bored of carting the Beercan around and found that the 75-300 wasn't fast enough, meant that I kept changing lenses to get a bit wider and was a bit soft above 200 anyway. And it was dirt cheap! It doesn't have the resolution that the beercan offers but normally it's worth it just not to carry it around!

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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