Tamron AF 55-200mm F4-5.6 Di II A-mount lens review by godsakes
|godsakes#7281 date: Apr-12-2010|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
sigma 100-300 apo
|positive:||very sharp @ 200mm|
compact & light
|negative:||weaker sharpness & CA @ 55mm|
naff MF ring
|comment:||This is a awesome little lens that punches well above it's price - it's superior to the cheaper minolta 100-200 & 100-300mm telezooms and it hold it's own to the far more expensive lenses (abeit with worse distortion). CA control at the long end for 100% crops are better than what you get from the beercan even before pixel peeping. |
However it's performance at the short end (55mm) isn't as impressive, (wide open) it's softer and CA control isn't as good (although still able to rival the beercan). Once stopped down to f5.6 the CA is gone.
The lens does have downsides, it's APS-C only, the manual focusing ring is virtually non-existant, the AF speed is fairly slow (hardly surprising since it's pretty close focusing) etc, all in all this is the plastic fantasic of the telephoto world. Buy it, to get significantly better performance you're looking at the £300 options.