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

reviewer#7281 date: Apr-12-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 3.6
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
minolta 100-400
sigma 100-300 apo
price paid:L60
positive:very sharp @ 200mm
dirt cheap
compact & light
negative:weaker sharpness & CA @ 55mm
naff MF ring
plastic mount
slow AF
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.

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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