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Tamron AF 55-200 mm F/4-5,6 Di II LD MACRO

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Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro AF review by Pugwash9

Pugwash9, slrgear.com
6 March 2010
  • Summary: I purchased this lens 2 years ago for a trip to India for use with my 40D my sole priority being for a light lens. Was therefore rather surprised but just how good a performer this lens was despite its lowly price. The obvious trade off for the weight being its speed, but there was no way I was going to carry a Cannon 70 – 200 f2.8. It is surprisingly sharp especially if stopped down and has proved to be very reliable.
  • Pros: Lightweight & value for money
  • Cons: None at this price
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Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro AF review by moose

moose, slrgear.com
13 December 2009
  • Summary: Nikon professional user. Bought as a lightweight lens to have in my bag when travelling. Great little lens that is as sharp as any of my lenses. Works well on the Nikon D300 and D200 bodies. I have sold my copy as it did not have an in-built AF motor for the D40 I use on holiday. I will replace it soon with the +motor copy. Two of my favourite pics were taken using this lens!
  • Pros: super-lightweight and very sharp
  • Cons: none
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Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro AF review by cvizler

cvizler, slrgear.com
1 January 2009
  • Summary: Not bad at all, for the cheapest lens you can buy today. I bought it while I was waiting for more expensive lens, and I was able to make decent photos with it: http://www.pbase.com/vizler/toscana_and_umbria I am still using it when I don't want to risk my more expensive lenses, in rain or in snow. Optically is almost OK: it is quite sharp and contrasty, its main drawback is high distorsion.
  • Pros: Acceptable sharpness and contrast, light and small, extremely cheap.
  • Cons: Not much at 140 US $, except for high distorsion and slow AF.
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Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro AF review by carskick

carskick, slrgear.com
29 August 2007
  • Summary: I bought this lens many months ago because I needed an economical telephoto lens to begin with. It also came with the ability to focus quite close, giving about a 1:2 at 200mm, great for experimenting with macro. So this lens is mainly for beginners who are first experimenting with telephoto, or people who need a good quality, economical telephoto which is small and lightweight. Nice thing about this lens is that no one will think you have a telephoto on your cam.
  • Pros: Good Telephoto and near macro for cheap
  • Cons: cheap coatings make for a slight ghosting effect in high contrast areas
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Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro AF review by whiteflyer

whiteflyer, slrgear.com
31 May 2007
  • Summary: This was my first loom lens I bought after the kit lens, and at the price it is a total bargain. Yes in low light the AF can hunt a little but give normal light it can produce some fine images. It can be very sharp with good colour and contrast. Yes the manual focus is small and fiddly , but for who this lens is aimed at I doubt that is a worry.This is a excellent partner to a 18-55 kit lens but has much better IQ .
  • Pros: Price Price and Price IQ, weight and size
  • Cons: AF can Hunt
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Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro AF review by andrew720

andrew720, slrgear.com
5 May 2007
  • Summary: I bought this lens in a local camera store after looking at several other lenses in this price range for my D70. Since purchasing it, it has come to grow on me more and more. The build quality is decent for its price range, the focus ring is a little small but not unusable. Its the quality of the results that has lead me to believe that this often overlooked lens is really a little gem and I'm finding I'm frequently fitting it to my camera when I'm out for the day.
  • Pros: price, light and compact, quality of results
  • Cons: autofocus a little noisy and tends to hunt in low light
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Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro AF review by asylumxl

asylumxl, slrgear.com
8 April 2007
  • Summary: I bought this to compliment the kitlens, like many other people. I really like it, and aslong as you nail the focus, you can get some really nice photos from it. Alot of professional reviewers try and compare it to lenses upto 10x its price, that just isn't right. If you can't afford a more expensive lens, buy this, you won't be disappointed.
  • Pros: Image quality, Price, Good included Lens Hood
  • Cons: AF a bit slow and inaccurate, Build not perfect
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Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro AF review by CharleyS

CharleyS, slrgear.com
26 December 2006
  • Summary: I purchased this lens to compliment the 18-55 kit lens that came with my D80 and it is a good lens, especially for the price. At f/4-5.6 it shows it's limitations in low light, but for outdoor general use or indoors with flash, it produces really good images. When I can afford it I will be adding the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF to handle low light situations. The manual focus ring is terribly tiny, but I use manual focus so rarely it doesn't really effect me.
  • Pros: Weight, Price, Image Quality
  • Cons: Almost nonexistent MF ring
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Overall 8
Value for money 10

User Review

Photography Review
2 June 2006
  • Summary: This is a little bit of a pearl and i am very impressed how good this is for thr money invested; harp good colors and fine macro! of course its not ED or L glass but their own SD(LD) glass and this is visuable. Im astonished how quick this lens is ,even though it does not have a USM/AFS motor,i have used it for sports...no problem. i now use it as traveloptic for pro assigments. further more it is made in japan!!
  • Pros: optics..made in japan...
  • Cons: cheap
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Overall 10

Five Stars

Amazon Customer, Amazon
2 November 2014
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