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

reviewer#3928 date: Aug-4-2008
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:-Zuiko 40-150mm
-Sigma 70-300mm APO
price paid:180.00
positive:-great price
-light and compact
-6 year warranty
-great bokeh
-quite sharp
negative:nothing to speak of considering the price.
Metal lens mount would be nice.
comment:First, what I was looking for in a lens:
I shoot mostly wide-angle landscape, but I like having a light compact tele zoom handy for the off shot and also doing close-up work on wildflowers.
I do alot of backpacking and backcountry travel, so size and weight are important considerations in what I take with me.
Back in my Olympus DSLR days, I really liked the foal range of my Zuiko 40-150mm, which in APS-C terms is very close to the Tamrom 55-200mm. I had the Sigma 70-300 on my A350 for a short time but I hated it since it was never consistently sharp.
So I thought I'd give the tammy a try, and I must say that it's every bit as good as the Zuiko 40-150, which retails at 400.00!
It's quite sharp throughout the focal range and with the 3 foot minimum focus distance, gives good close-up work and a nice bokeh. Yes the build is basically plastic, but it still feels to me like a well built lens for the price and holy moly Tamron gives it a 6 year warranty!
A definite recommend if you want an economical tele zoom.

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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