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

reviewer#5527 date: Jun-14-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5
Tamron 28-300 (185D)
Tamron 90mm macro
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
price paid:65 GBP new
positive:Lightweight
Sharp
negative:Lightweight
AF performance
Front rotates
comment:One of the first lenses I got but little used as I later got the 28-300. The price was low as were my expectations, but they were exceeded easily.

Optical quality is far beyond what the price might imply. The low cost seems due more to the physical build quality, not optical quality.

The most striking feature is the light weight. Handy for carrying, but the lack of weight I found was enough to get mirror vibration blurring in shots on a cheap tripod that doesn't happen with any other lens.

Even in good light, during AF the lens seems to hunt around more than average on busy scenes, not helped by the slow pace.

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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