Tamron AF 55-200mm F4-5.6 Di II A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#12017 date: Nov-3-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:Minolta 70-210 F4.0 (Beercan)
SAL 70-300 SSM G
Minolta 80-200 F2.8 HS APO G
price paid:120 EUR
positive:sharp
small and light
inexpensive
negative:build
plastic mount
colours can be flat
focus ring very thin (but usable)
comment:The lens is small and light but very plastic. Consistently sharp over the whole zoom range and comparable with beercan. However the colours and bokeh are not too good and I usually end up rather with the beercan or the G.
reviewer#11665 date: Feb-2-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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 SAL16105
Minolta 35-105 F3,5-4,5
Minolta 35-70 F4.0
Minolta 70-210 F4.0 (beercan)
Minolta 70-210 F3.5-4.5
price paid:100 EUR (new)
positive:sharp
light-weight
F4.0 from 55 to 120 mm
price
5 years warranty
negative:build
bokeh
comment:I bought this lens because its range fits perfectly for a telezoom on an APS-C-camera.
From the first day this lens surprised me with its sharpness. The AF works well, not to noisy but it's slower than the one of my other lenses, which are not the fastest ones either.
Compared to my minolta lenses, the colors are a bit flat. But the pictures still look ok to me.
The lens starts at F4.0 and stays with that till 120mm. So you get more light than with the 16105 which costs five times the money.
It's an all plastic lens. But that makes it really light-weight. The zoom ring is big, the zoom doesn't creep and with a 5 years warranty you don't have to worry to much about its build.
reviewer#11196 date: Jun-17-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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:Sigma 50-200 HSM, Minolta 70-210 beercan, Tamron 70-200 f2,8, Sigma 50-150 f2,8
price paid:350SEK (appr 40EUR)
positive:Sharpness,weight, fast and accurate AF
negative:Max aperture 5,6 in tele. A bit loud AF.
comment:This is the absolutely best lens I have ever used considering it's price. It falls a bit short to the Tamron 70-200 in sharpness, same compared to the Sigma 50-150, but not by much. There is no way getting around that the max aperture is quite slow, but except for that, there are very few shortcomings to it.
reviewer#11078 date: Apr-27-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:Minolta AF 70-210 4,5 - 5,6
price paid:130 euro (new)
positive:Centre sharpness,
little and lightweight
negative:Build quality
comment:I had it not long time for a700. Replaced with Minolta 70-210. Tamron was littlebit better in sharpness, Minolta in build quality.
reviewer#10895 date: Feb-2-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:>Tamron SP 70-300
>Sigma 120-400 APO DG OS
price paid:£89.99
positive:>Extremely compact
>Surprisingly accurate focus
>Fast to focus in good light
>Ridiculously good value
>Nice, warm, accurate colors
negative:>Plastic mount, but durable
>Fiddly, lose focus ring at front
comment:This was the first 'digital' tele lens I bought and has had considerable use on an a33 and now an a57. The price of this lens is simply amazing considering it's performance. Physically, the lens is very compact, almost as small as my 18-55 sam. It is light-weight and actually well built despite having a plastic mount. The hood is round and sometimes fiddly to mount, but that might just be me. The range of 55-200 is good, especially on APSC as the crop factor gives an excellent and useful range for medium tele shots. The colors are very pleasing, not Minolta, but they sure are nice, and flare is well controlled too. Chromatic aberration is also well controlled and only just visible in high contrast situations, and when the image is closely cropped in post-process, but it has never been a problem for me. Focus accuracy is extremely good, but like many lenses in this range, it can struggle when shooting into busy situations like compacted tree branches viewed from side-on, but for the most part, it performs very well. Focus speed, in good to strong light, is extremely fast. I have never used a lens that focuses so fast or is so quick to zip through the 55-200 range. Of course in low light, things get slower. Focus noise is not pleasant but also not too bad. Now, this lenses strength lays in it's excellent level of sharpness, of which, some people unfairly slightly under-mark it. At virtually all apertures, and all focal lengths, this lens delivers near-razor photo's every time. It has never failed me in over two years, from birds to flowers, from aircraft to animals. I have a TAMRON 70-300SP which is pretty sharp, especially at f9 and f11, but this little guy is just as good, if not, slightly better. When I want to take lighter kit, I will pack this instead of the SP, despite it's shorter range. I cannot recommend this lens enough considering the price. Like the TAMRON 18-250, this will in time be sought-after. It will always remain in my kit.
reviewer#10307 date: Jun-16-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 55-200 (both versions)
price paid:68 GBP mint
positive:Very sharp throughout the range - good at max aperture
Colours
Inexpensive
Lightweight
negative:52mm filters
Plastic mount
comment:Very sharp lens, especially at the short end and even at max aperture.

Colours not quite Minolta but very realistic.

Although inexpensive, like its Sony siblings, a top class performer, regardless of price.
reviewer#10165 date: May-2-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 APO
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX HSM II
price paid:100€
positive:Excelent image quality
Lens price
Overall weight
negative:Build quality
AF speed and noise
comment:Cheap and chearful lens! The first telephoto lens that i bought for 100€ and boy, what a lens for that kind of money.

Constantly sharp, this lightweight lens delivers excelent image quality, especially compared to its main rival, the Sigma 70-300 APO. AF is spot on, although noisy and slow (equal to the Sigma).

Its build quality is the main downside, being all plastic (including the mount). However, my unit has seen some rough conditions, without any fault or problem.

For a lightweight travel kit, this lens is an excelent choice for any Alpha user. Highly recommended!
reviewer#9335 date: Aug-14-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 17-50mm SAM
Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4.0 DC
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS
price paid:105EUR
positive:Cheap
Sharp
Light
negative:Plastic
comment:Bought this lens for a little trip. And was suprised of the sharp and the colorfull pictures. Love this lens. Especially for the price I paid. Recommended for every body who is looking for a cheap and good tele.
reviewer#9158 date: Jun-19-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony 18-70mm Kit lens
Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5
Konica Minolta 75-300 F4.5-5.6 D
price paid:95€ off eBay.
positive:-Sharp Sharp Sharp!!!
-Long Range.
-Cheap second hand.
negative:-F5.6 at the far end.
-Focus slow in poor lighting.
comment:Well,compared to the lenses I list above its the best one.
Simple as that.The Sony A550 s resolution helps,but I
would not even compare it to the Konica Minolta 75-300 F4.5-5.6 D!
Its sharpness is worlds apart especially at the 200mm!
Its all plastic (the mount too) but it s well built.
Also its size is almost the same as a Sony 18-55 SAM!
Anyway,having paid just 85€ for a second hand on eBay,
I wasnt expecting much,but that was obviously a mistake!
N.

PS.I reserve Sharpness 5 rating for the perfect lens!
This Tamron is good enough but surely not perfect...
reviewer#9134 date: Jun-15-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:
missing
price paid:129.99
positive:Damm sharp
Colours
Build
Lightweight
negative:Plastic fantastic
comment:Another plastic job, but dont be fooled, this is 1 sharp lens
well worth the money.
reviewer#8911 date: Apr-11-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
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:Tamron 17-50 f2.8
SAL1855
price paid:£65 GBP New
positive:Sharp
Cheap
Light
negative:None for the price
comment:I bought this because for £65 GBP new it an easy purchase - even if it wasn't very good, it would do for now.

Turns out this is an amazing lens - its small, light and plastic and looks cheap - however it is incredibly sharp. I really don't see any reason to upgrade from this to a more expensive lens
reviewer#7645 date: Jun-30-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:nikon nikor 70-300g
price paid:120
positive:range
sharpness
effective lens
fast af
negative:nothing except that it is a large plastic lens
comment:
missing
reviewer#7596 date: Jun-21-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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:Beercan, Sony 16-105, Tam 16-50
price paid:67.00 USD used
positive:Sharp, Sharp, cheap, cheap, light weight, good range smooth focus
negative:hunts, no metal mount
comment:Sharp!! though it hunts at times when the subject tends to move or is small and against the sky or bright background. This lens out performs my beercan, though I am looking into it as my bearcan was a good performer when I first got it. Though it is an all plastic build I give it a 4 because I have not had any issues with it, no creep, zoom is smooth, focus is accurate only negative thing about build is the little to no focus ring. Pictures are great, able to catch my kid playing which my beercan is unable to do with any measurable success. Colors are not quite Minolta like but good on the A100. A700 works great but tend to be a bit softer though I think that is due to JPG engines.
reviewer#7494 date: May-27-2010
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
Sigma 28-105
Sigma 100-300
price paid:GBP 79
positive:Sharp
Light
Cheap
negative:Plastic lens mount
Rotating front element
Some purple fringing wideopen
comment:Splendid telephoto lens. Good for occasional telephoto use and surprisingly sharp and bright in the viewfinder. Its cheap, light and sharp but a little slow on the focusing side. Very good value for money.
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.

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!
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)
positive:Sharp
Good range
Cheap
Light
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.
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.
reviewer#6914 date: Feb-14-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:- Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 II
price paid:118€
positive:- Cheap
- Light
- Sharp
negative:- Small focus ring
comment:The 55-200 is pretty much the DT equivalent of a 75-300 on FF. This cheap lens (you can find them new for less than 100€) is actually a good performer, especially when stopped down a bit. It's all plastic (which makes it that light), but solidly built.

The Tamron 55-200 is a must-have if you need a cheap telephoto lens.
reviewer#6636 date: Dec-25-2009
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:tamron 70-300
sigma 70-300 APO
minolta 100-300
minolta 70-210
price paid:60 GBP
positive:Very sharp
very light
very compact
good range
negative:nothing really
comment:A really fantastic walkabout lens. Unless you do serious wildlife work, all you need is this and a kit lens.
Good for macro too, nice bokeh at 200mm.
Can be used for wildlife, as you can blow up shots later.
Sharp thoughout the range and wide open.
6 year warranty only applies to USA.
Wont last forever, but so cheap you can replace it.
Get a rubber lenshood, better than the original.
reviewer#6526 date: Dec-5-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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
price paid:1000 NOK
positive:incredably sharp, and very light.
nice price
negative:feels cheap and light.
comment:
missing
reviewer#6067 date: Sep-17-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 own this lens
compared to:18-70 Kit Lens
price paid:120.00 GBP
positive:Very Sharp,Nice and lite.
Good build.
negative:Plastic cheap feel.
comment:For a budget lens this is sharp all the wey through.
So lite you cant believe it.
Great addition to the 17-50.
reviewer#6044 date: Sep-14-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Tamron 24-135mm SP AD
price paid:Brand New
positive:PRICE! Sharp, f4.0 almost up to 200mm. Pleasant colors & bokeh.
negative:Slow in the "bedroom" lightning (A700)
comment:Despite of plastic build it performs very good and doesn't really look cheap. Highly recommended for that price!

P.S.Recently bought Tamron 24-135mm SP and I stopped using 55-200mm (SP's range is more usable with my style of shooting)
reviewer#5527 date: Jun-14-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Carl Zeiss DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5
Tamron 28-300 (185D)
Tamron 90mm macro
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
price paid:65 GBP new
positive:Lightweight
Sharp
negative:Lightweight
AF performance
Front rotates
comment:One of the first lenses I got but little used as I later got the 28-300. The price was low as were my expectations, but they were exceeded easily.

Optical quality is far beyond what the price might imply. The low cost seems due more to the physical build quality, not optical quality.

The most striking feature is the light weight. Handy for carrying, but the lack of weight I found was enough to get mirror vibration blurring in shots on a cheap tripod that doesn't happen with any other lens.

Even in good light, during AF the lens seems to hunt around more than average on busy scenes, not helped by the slow pace.
reviewer#5497 date: Jun-3-2009
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:Kit lens 18-70
price paid:85 Euro
positive:cheap
good range
great Bokeh
sharp enough for the price
5 year warranty!!
negative:Pretty hard to find negatives. i would say the hood is not easy to operate.
AF is very very slow!
comment:Even in its low range (55-70) it beats the kit lens hands down in most situations. It is much less hit and miss than the kit lens.

I am very pleased with my purchase.
reviewer#5392 date: May-15-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:70-200g
price paid:88 euro
positive:light-weight
AF fast enough
sharp !
negative:not a low light lens
very poor lens hood construction
comment:Well, I have to wait until my 70-200g is properly adjusted before I can really compare them, but what can I say ? It sharp, sometimes unrealistically sharp, it's light weight, AF is very oké to me. So if you need a sharp and light weight daytime 55-200 without suffering from a financial disaster, get this one !
The only downer is the lens hood. It's flimsy and because it lock in poorly directly on the focus ring , you have to be careful when you put it on or take it off. I would advice everyone never to reverse mount the hood for storage on the lens.
reviewer#5135 date: Apr-1-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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:Sigma 18-50 f 3,5-5,6
KM 70-210
KM 28-135
KM 50 f1,4
Tokina 20-35
price paid:800 NOK
positive:Cheap
Good image quality
negative:Very plasticky
comment:I really like this lens because it was cheap, and it gives nice pictures. I bought it because i read here on Dyxum that with the prices going up on the beercan, it might be just as good to get one of these, seeing it has a 6 year warranty and all.

I guess it is all plastic, it is very light and handy to bring along. The hood that came along with it fits on backward.

The zoom action is good, with a nice rubbergrip. The focusring is very small, and autofocus is little noisy.

reviewer#4976 date: Mar-7-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:Kit Lens - Sony 18 -70mm
price paid:89 GBP
positive:Sharpness
Value for money
negative:Plastic feel
unable to cope up in low light
comment:I was not happy with the performance of the kit lens and was advised by a senior member to go for this lens. I am very grateful to that member as I am completely satisfied with this lens and I feel its value for money. The only negative thing I feel about this lens is that this lens fails to cope up in low light, otherwise an excellent lens!
reviewer#4818 date: Feb-6-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 55-200 DC
SAL 70-300 SSM G
Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro
price paid:£65.00 (New)
positive:Weight
Price
Bokeh
IQ
negative:Not a lot
comment:Basically this is one affordable lens that covers a decent range. It's lightweight, though has an adequate zoom speed (similar to Sigma), but otherwise, a competent walkabout lens that shoots far above it's appearance and price tag.

Very acceptable colours and Bokeh (IMHO), so if you're looking for a medium range zoom. you ought to put this lens on your shorlist.
reviewer#4482 date: Dec-6-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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:kitlens
price paid:150 USD (new)
positive:Great little lens for guys like me, who are not tele freaks, but like to have something handy; price
negative:Rotating focus ring, corners are not very sharp sometimes
comment:I am decidedly a wide angle kind of guy, but I wanted to have some cheap, handy, small little tele lens for an off tele shot or two. Also, I mostly use my camera when I travel, so all my lenses must be "travel lenses", to fit in an airplane carry on luggage, not break my back when walking around for a whole day etc. I am not interested in any lens that I cannot take on my trips (airplane, train, hiking...). For this reason I will probably never own a 70-200 f.2.8 regardless of the price because they're just so damn huge. So this lens fits my requirements (almost) perfectly. Having said that I never expected to have this much fun with this lens! Very flexible focal range, surprising sharpness overall, usable for portraits, the only drawback is the lack of sharpness in corners in some situations, but hey, for the price paid, I cannot complain.
reviews found: 49    1 2 >>

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 49
  • sharpness: 4.55
  • color: 4.41
  • build: 3.71
  • distortion: 4.47
  • flare control: 4.49
  • overall: 4.33

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