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

reviewer#4294 date: Oct-27-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:70-210/4
100-300 APO
price paid:
positive:- Sharpness
- Compact Size
- Lightweight
- Price
negative:- Plastic build
comment:Not a bad little lens at all! I was surprised by the sharpness of this lens. As mentioned in another review, combining this lens with the Tamron 17-50/2.8 makes for an awesome traveling combo. Compared to the 70-210/4, the only advantages this lens has is compact size, lightweight and price. As for sharpness, I see them as being equal, bokeh between the two lenses are comparable, with the beercan having a slight advantage. The Tamron 55-200 has no advantages over the 85/1.4 when being used as a portrait lens. For outdoor shooting, I find both the Tamron 55-200 and the Minolta 100-300 APO to provide very pleasing and sharp results, the Tamron 55-200 having an edge when it comes to AF on the A700 and the Minolta 100-300 having an advantage by controlling purple fringing better thanks to the APO glass.

SUGGESTION: If you are currently contemplating buying a 70-210/4 or beercan, I would suggest putting some serious consideration into buying the Tamron 55-200 instead. You can get the Tamron brand new for less than $150 USD, which includes a 6 year warranty. The used prices for the beercan have reached $200+ and includes no warranty. Something to consider...

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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