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

reviewer#3974 date: Aug-17-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:- Minolta Beercan
- Many other similar-ranged zooms
price paid:165 USD New
positive:- Fantastic range
- Superior IQ for the price
- Extremely small and light
- D compatible
- Macro (to a degree)
- Fast AF
- Decent aperture speed
- Very nice SP construction
negative:- Hunts wicked in low-light (to be expected)
- Unusable focus ring
- Plastic mount
comment:A really fantastic lens. Small and lightweight enough to fit into any rig. It's an amazing counterpart to the Tamron 17-50/2.8. I was really blown away by the IQ coming out of this small, all-plastic lens; it rivals the beercan in everything except sharpness. The colors are "classic Tamron", slightly muted and very realistic, with excellent contrast. The range could be faster, and the focus ring is 100% useless, but AF works very well.

I'm thinking I might keep this lens even when I replace the range with faster glass, just because of its bang-for-the-buck and great small size and lightness. Another winner!

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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