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8.9 out of 10

Tamron SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD

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Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD

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Overall 6
6.0

Just not thrilled like the other reviews.

T. K. Mccullouth "TK", Amazon
9 July 2013
  • Summary: I like this lens, but not thrilled with it. I can't really tell you why I am not fond of this lens, but It's not the lens I prefer using. Trust me, I keep trying to use it, but never happy with the pictures. Yes, I use a tripod and also tried a mono-pod.
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Overall 6
6.0

REALLY heavy

lindab443, Amazon
19 May 2013
  • Summary: This lens is slow to autofocus and VERY heavy. I knew that a lens of this size would have more weight than my smaller ones, but it even outweighed my expectations. Autofocus seems much slower than it should be.
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Overall 6
6.0

Won't work with Nikon D500

Amazon Customer, Amazon
22 September 2011
  • Summary: We purchased this item to use with our Nikon D5000. Unfortunately it doesn't work with our camera body. From the manufacturer Unfortunately the 200-500 lens is not compatible with the D5000, because the D5000 does not have an auto focus motor in the body. The 200-500 also does not have a motor, so there is no auto focus capability between them. The tamron site has more info Amazon graciously accepted the return.
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Overall 6
6.0

Tamron is a good brand but this particular lens.. I'd give it 3 out of 5

tazgbi, Ebay
3 August 2011
  • Summary: A bit dark/slow. But oh well, if you really want a 500mm lens, then you have to live with these drawbacks. It's very huge (I mean really really huge) and quite heavy. Expect a big package to be dropped at your front door!
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Overall 6
6.0

Limited Compatibility

D. Brewer "dugbus", Amazon
26 June 2011
  • Summary: Great lens, but it doesn't have it's own AF motor. It won't AF with base model cameras like the D3100. Kind of a big deal. Compatibility chart in the product description would be helpful.
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Overall 6
6.0

200-500 tamron lens

Lwood, B&H Photo
11 June 2011
  • Excerpt: We've been using this lens now for 2 years, and have mixed results. Sometimes, we get fantastic pics. Other times, like this past weekend, 50% of the shots were blurry, or the auto focus picked something in the foreground. Granted, we are doing hand-held or bracing on stationary object. Seems like the further out we try to go, the harder it is to get clear shots. Great for wildlife that is closer than the 500 limit.
  • Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Good enough for government work...

Joshua B. Owens "J0wens", Amazon
14 February 2010
  • Summary: Soft contrast, specularities on the edges. Great for surveillance bad for prints above 5 x 7.
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Overall 6
6.0

heavy lens

G. Chen, Amazon
9 April 2009
  • Summary: Just started in dslr one yr ago-nikon d60 + sony alpha. both camera with 200mm lens. lots of nature photos and was considering a longer lens. saw the reveiw for the tamron 500 and decided to go for a try. tamron is decent but heavy. AF does not work with nikon d40 or 60! MF is ok. tried it on a d50 without problems. tried a 75-300 and really like it. bottom line-suggest 300mm lens. 500 is great but does not work w/ nikon d40 or 60. it is also heavy. happy photos.
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Overall 6
6.0

Cheap, lightweight, and decently sharp. Autofocus not ideal for wildlife

tcchou71, epinions.com
1 July 2008
  • Summary: Low weight is great for hand-holding. But autofocus too slow for wildlife photography, and manual focus ring is inconveniently placed.
  • Pros: Decently sharp, long, cheap, lightweight.
  • Cons: Slow autofocus, no focus limiter. Minolta version front-focuses (though Canon is fine)
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