Tamron AF 55-200mm F4-5.6 Di II A-mount lens review by Cougar66

reviewer#6926 date: Feb-18-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:Sony 70 -400 G
Jupiter -9 85mm f2
price paid:265 NZD
positive:Sharp
Lightweight
Compact
Cheap
Colours
negative:Plastic mount
Lens hood
comment:I bought this as a walkaround complement to the Sony 70- 400 G which is my most expensive and heaviest lens so I dont have to lug it aroud all the time. Wanted a cheap light lens that performs.
The Tamron does. Its not as good as the Sony. Its not quite as sharp as the Sony especially at the edges.

The Tamron outperforms the Jupiter and also makes a great portrait lens. It displays a small degree of CA but thats well controlled. Stoppped down its pretty sharp, especially in the centre. Colours and contrast are great.

Negatives - I prefer metal lens mounts even on plastic lenses. The lens hood causes the front to rotate as it is taken on and off which turns the focus gearing. It concerns me that this will damage the focusing mechanism. So I leave the motor disengaged when fitting the lens hood. That is a fiddle.

Overall Tamron have a winner here with a compact, inexpensive lightweight tel zoom that takes great pictures.

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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