Tamron AF 55-200mm F4-5.6 Di II A-mount lens review by mudslinger
|mudslinger#4294 date: Oct-27-2008|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
- Compact Size
|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...