Tamron AF 55-200mm F4-5.6 Di II A-mount lens review by Vidgamer
|Vidgamer#2636 date: Aug-16-2007|
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|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.