Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD
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Kenneth L. "Kenneth November", Amazon
11 July 2014
Summary: BUYER BEWARE! ISSUE WITH SELLER NOT MANUFACTURER. The lens came packaged in a box far to large, loaded with air-bubble plastic filler. Lens unharmed. Opened lens, looked for instructions only to find Japanese instructions, First RED FLAG. Contacted Amazon, who intern contacted the seller for the english instructions. SECOND RED FLAG, tried to register the lens with Manufacturer only to be denied registration by Internet. Was instructed to call manufacturer.
Summary: Bought my Tamron 200-500mm in 2011 through Amazon. Recently pulled it out to use. I don't carry it all the time due to size of the lens. The Focus ring wouldn't turn so I sent it in for repair. According to Tamron it had shock damage the lens has never been dropped and was always stored in the provided case.
Summary: Before ordering this lens I read very carefully all the descriptions and it just wont do what they say it does. For an amateur like mewas very dissapointing to try to get pictures of birds and not get what they said I would with this lens. Tried it a few times and returned it.
Summary: I gave this lens a try as a cheaper alternative to the Canon 100-400 L IS lens. After one outing, I returned the Tamron immediately and bought the Canon 100-400mm L IS lens. This lens is pretty soft at anything above 400mm, and anything below f/8. If you do any kind of print work or like to do heavy cropping the softness of this lens will really bother you - there's no way you can use a 1:1 crop.
Summary: Used with Canon 20D and XT I was Thoroughly disappointed in this lens! After reading the reviews here and on other sites, I decided to try this lens. I was looking for something with a longer reach than my 100-300mm "L" series. This is not the answer. I have tried the Sigma 170-500mm and now this lens. Neither one even comes close to the clarity of my 100-300mm "L" even with a 2x converter on my "L"; it's TEN TIMES as sharp as this Tamron...
Pros: As far as the build quality, I would say it is acceptable, better than the Sigma and focus was fast & quiet...
Cons: If you are picky about your photos and do a lot of prints 8x10 or larger, stick with "L" series lenses, or you will be disappointed...