Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD
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the weekender, Adorama
17 June 2014
Excerpt: Is a good lens overall. what impressed me the most is its weight for this zoom range. Auto focus is decent Picture quality is good Not a fast lens though.. need plenty of light for hand held shots Also lack of image stabilization will mandate the use of a monopod or a tripod etc
Excerpt: although this lens is a little old and is being replaced, you can't beat the quality for the money. It is not an IS lens but because it's so light you can hand hold it with pretty good results.
Excerpt: I use this lens for distant wildlife photography. You can't beat the price for the reach. As I titled, you have to know how to use the lens and what the right conditions are to use it. The lens does get soft if you're shooting a small object far away. The moon... forget it. However, if you are shooting, say an animal, at a reasonable distance and you're using the zoom to bring the animal in to fill the frame you can get some great pictures.
Summary: I've owned the Tamron 200-500mm telephoto lens since 2010 and have used it several times at a zoo or landscape shots. Last night I used it for my grandson's baseball game on my Nikon D800 and was very impressed with how fast it focused which I thought was as fast, if not faster, than the Nikon 80-200mm which I usually use for his games.
Summary: At first i was disappointed that focus was more soft than expected at the extremes of zoom (200to 230. And 475-500) HOWEVER.. Between 240mm and 470mm of zoom it is one the finest pieces of glass in my lens stable! And it performs extremely well throughout that range in conjunction with a Tamron 1.4 teleconverter as well! Also, its performance with a 2x converter is very good between 2250mm and 425mm. It is absolutely an indispensible part of my regularly used kit!
Summary: I knew this when I bought it. I use it for getting the shot of dogs running Lure Coursing which is an outside event. I have several Tamron lens. I love the old ones best they seem more compatable with Canon bodies I have. Also they seem clearer and better lens in general. Not as happy with the newer ones.