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

reviewer#7086 date: Mar-14-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 18-70 kit lens
price paid:60GBP (new)
Good range
negative:Slightly plastic feel
Could be faster
End rotates on zoom/focus
comment:This was the first lens I bought to complement the kit lens on my A350. I was surprised with how sharp it is compared to the kit lens and the extra reach is useful. I find the 55mm starting length a little too tight with a cropped sensor to keep the lens on the camera all the time, but it makes a good complement to a wider lens.

Ridiculously good value for money at the price I paid (although it's more expensive now). The build quality could be better and it would be nice if it was a bit faster, but overall, a great lens for the money.

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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