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

reviewer#5392 date: May-15-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:70-200g
price paid:88 euro
positive:light-weight
AF fast enough
sharp !
negative:not a low light lens
very poor lens hood construction
comment:Well, I have to wait until my 70-200g is properly adjusted before I can really compare them, but what can I say ? It sharp, sometimes unrealistically sharp, it's light weight, AF is very oké to me. So if you need a sharp and light weight daytime 55-200 without suffering from a financial disaster, get this one !
The only downer is the lens hood. It's flimsy and because it lock in poorly directly on the focus ring , you have to be careful when you put it on or take it off. I would advice everyone never to reverse mount the hood for storage on the lens.

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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