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

reviewer#7233 date: Apr-1-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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:Beercan, 100-300 APO (on A900)
price paid:GBP 60
positive:+ Incredibly small and lightweight
+ Very cheap (though price has gone up)
+ Useful range on APS-C
negative:- APS-C only
- Bokeh a bit busy, not as good as beercan
- Colour not as nice as beercan
comment:This was one of the first two lenses I bought after I got my A200. The other one was the 50/1.7.

I'm reviewing this from memory and looking back at past images, since I moved on to full frame and gave this lens to my father-in-law a while back.

It was a good lens and I got a lot of great images. On APS-C and especially A200, it's more practical than the beercan. However, A900 + beercan gives better colours, sharpness and bokeh than A200 + 55-200.

However, I got better images with A200 + 55-200 than A900 + 100-300 APO. Make of that what you will!

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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