Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD
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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.
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.
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.
Tamron is a good brand but this particular lens.. I'd give it 3 out of 5
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!
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
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.