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

reviewer#2636 date: Aug-16-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:Quantaray 70-210
price paid:163 USD (new)
positive:Color, price, pretty sharp even wide open. Bokeh seems good. It is f4 and f4.5 through much of its range.
negative:A bit plasticky, f5.6.
comment:When I first got the lens, I was pleasantly surprised that photos looked good even with a wide open aperture.

With the even less-expensive Quantaray, in similar conditions, I had a harder time getting a 210mm shot that I was happy with. In contrast, with the Tamron, at f5.6, I'm happy with the results at 200mm. Also, the Tamron seems to have better color/contrast. (I have not yet tried much at a smaller aperture due to low light, but so far, it looks very encouraging.)

The f4-4.5 helps when light is not ideal. If you plan to use a teleconverter, you may not be able to autofocus at the longer end.

Ok, the mount is plastic, and it does seem like it uses a lot of plastic, but it seems built OK to me. All of the plastic reduces the weight.

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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