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Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum

You Pay: $949.00
Product Highlights
  • Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/5-32
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 8.2' (2.5m)
  • Low Dispersion Glass
  • Detachable Filter Effect Control
  • Detachable Rotating Tripod Mount
  • Compact and Lightweight Design
  • Fits Sony Alpha/Minolta Maxxum Mount

The 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum from Tamron is an ultra telephoto zoom lens designed to bring distant subjects close. Its minimum focus distance is 8.2' (2.5 m) and its maximum magnification ratio is 1:5 at 500mm. For a lens that covers such long focal lengths, it is relatively compact and lightweight. An internal focus system maintains its compact form as the lens does not extend when focusing. Its optical design consists of two Low Dispersion glass elements which minimize chromatic aberrations and provide sharp, high resolution, high contrast images. The lens is designated "Di" which stands for Digitally Integrated Design and meets the performance characteristics of digital and film SLR cameras. When mounted on a DSLR camera with an APS-C size sensor, it provides a focal length equivalent of 310-775mm.

This lens features a detachable Filter Effect Control Ring. This allows a filter to be rotated to the desired position with the hood still attached, enabling you to easily perform minute adjustments to a polarizer filter. The lens also includes a dedicated lens hood to block stray light from entering the lens and causing flare and a detachable rotating tripod collar and mount to provide stability when shooting at long focal lengths.

Low Dispersion Glass
Two LD glass elements reduce chromatic aberrations while minimizing the fall-off of light at the corners.
Internal Focus
The lens neither extends nor contracts physically when focusing; all moving elements are contained within the lens barrel.
Di Design
Digitally Integrated design lenses are designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras while still functioning on film SLRs.
Detachable Filter Effect Control Ring
This allows a filter to be rotated to the desired position with the hood still attached, enabling you to easily perform minute adjustments to a polarizer filter.
Detachable Tripod Collar
The easily detachable, rotating tripod mount is made of lightweight and strong magnesium alloy.
Performance
Focal Length 200 - 500mm
Aperture Maximum: f/5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 12° - 5°
Minimum Focus Distance 8.20' (2.5 m)
Magnification 0.2x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 13/10
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread 86 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.68 x 8.9" (9.35 x 22.61 cm)
Weight 2.72 lb (1237 g)
Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Detachable Rotating Tripod Collar Mount
  • Detachable Filter Effect Control
  • Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 6-year Warranty (U.S.A.)
  • Limited 1-year Warranty (International)
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    Tamron200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum
     
    4.6

    (based on 42 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (29)
    • Strong construction (28)
    • Durable (24)
    • Easily interchangeable (21)
    • Consistent output (20)

    Cons

    • Heavy (12)
    • Slow focus (9)
    • Poor in low light (4)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (21)
    • Sports/action (17)
    • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Wildlife (14)
    • General purpose (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (15), Enthusiast (13), Semi-professional (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Much better than I thought

    Of course I was thinking about Sony 70400G like most of the sony shooters but the price... so i went for the cheaper, lighter, much older Tamron 200-500. The IQ is...Read complete review

    Of course I was thinking about Sony 70400G like most of the sony shooters but the price... so i went for the cheaper, lighter, much older Tamron 200-500. The IQ is much better than what I expected(if i did it right). F8 has the best result. f6.3 isn't too bad at 500mm. Be aware of the depth of field when you shoot wildlife in close distance. Auto Focus: it's very fast when shooting birds in flight in bright sunny days. In low light, it's pain in the bum bum. It keeps hunting from the longest to the shortest end such as in the shady area(tree shade). Early spring may be our best chances because there may not be much leaves on most of the tree. Besides, it's mating season. Thank you B&H for picking a good copy for me. BTW, it comes with the nice bag w/ strap, filter ring and big lens hood. Yes you can use the lens hood and adjust your filter(CPL) with no problem if you attach the filter ring. If you're willing to spend big bucks, go for the sony G and their 2x teleconverter cost $500. Otherwise, this is good enough for me. If you want teleconverter, the answer is Kenko MC7. Tamron doesn't make teleconverter for sony.

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    200-500 tamron lens

    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...Read complete review

    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. Makes me nervous because we want to take these to Africa and I'm worried I'll get back and find 50% of my shots out of focus.
    For the money, and depending on what you plan to do with this lens, I would recommend it.
    I agree with other posts that the auto-focus does leave something to be desired. Birds in flight do not wait for the lens to decide to focus on them. Have missed many shots when in auto-focus because of the lens slowness.

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    5.0

    Good lens for the price

    By Moester1955

    from Aylesford,NS

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

    This lens is a great value for the money. From 200-400mm is the sweet spot on this lens. Does it have the fastest auto focus ? No Is it a $ lens? No.Does it work for me? Yes. I have gotten some nice photos under extreme conditions as I got this lens mainly for wildlife and it did not break the bank. I use it on my Sony a700 mostly. I tried it on my a350 but I was concerned about the weight (too much for the a350)

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    5.0

    Awesome Lens!

    By Chiknboo

    from Lake Havasu City, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

      I bought this lens to get up close and personal to wild life. It works great for that and everything else. The best part is that even without a tripod it takes fantastic photos. Would recommend to any one.

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      5.0

      Great Distance lens

      By roggler

      from Dayton Beach FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

        This lens works great with my sony A65. Great pictures of wildlife. I am mostly a bird photographer and this lens brings me up close. AF response is fast and accurate. At this time I do not have a negative for this lens. Get one its great.

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        5.0

        Awesome Lens

        By Mack

        from Madison, WI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

          Use it for wildlife and birds. The distance it covers is incredible. Not sure yet if there is a not so great side.

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          5.0

          Don't judge a book by its cover

          By Shanonie

          from San Antonio TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

          At First I was disappointed because I my research told me that this lense was going to be smaller than my Sigma 170-500. It was exactly the same size. After having used it on Vacation in CA though, it is much better. There is no lense creep when not in use & the little to no hunting for focus on Auto Focus. Both these were a problem with the Sigma. The quality and color are great. I managed to break my polorizor lense, but even without it, the color and quality was great. it is not any smaller than my old lense, but it is much easier to handle and use.

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          4.0

          Great lens for the price

          By Mike

          from white lake mi

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

          Strong lens, I have just received this lens and have used it twice for my son's football game. Best results are at F8 , and between 300 and 400 mm. I used this lens from the press box and was able to get excellent action shots.

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          5.0

          No regret with this product

          By buddy

          from knoxville

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

          It takes a few practice toget used in handling this lense, but overall easy to use and it is what I expect it to be.

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          5.0

          Worth every penny

          By krisnyc

          from New York

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

          I was looking for a long time the lens, which I could take pictures of wild nature in conjunction with the Sony A-77 and I think that hit the jackpot.Pictures taken with this set are really satisfactory.I can in good conscience recommend this lens, it really worth the money.

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          4.0

          I wish I had bought this lens sooner.

          By photo gal

          from Riverton, Iowa

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

          I live in an area of southwestern Iowa which is rich in wildlife. There are several pair of nesting eagles that I am frequently able to photograph. Along with a wide variety of other wildlife to photograph.

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          5.0

          A Great Value

          By Sandy W

          from HSV, AR

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

          I chose this lens for my Sony alpha SLT a55 camera, for outdoor Nature photography. Having used it for less than a month, I am very pleased with the ease in changing from one lens to another, as well as the fact that there is no lens "creep" when the camera is held in a vertical (down) position. Additionally, it is well made and rugged. Since I am not thrilled with carting heavy gear about, I am very pleased that the manufacturer chose to design a lens that is both durable and rugged, but weighs much less than most lenses of this size. I have been using it without a tripod, and still found it to perform with a stable and consistent final result.

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          5.0

          Worth every penny

          By Gene

          from Victoria, Tx

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

            I enjoy taking landscape and wildlife photos and after doing alot of research, I thought that the Tamron Zoom Telephoto lens was what I needed. But I was not sure about ordering a lens through the internet that cost that much. After talking with a camera shop that sold Tamron lens, but not for Sony Alpha series and listening to their opinions, I decided to give it a try and order one from B & H. I was very impressed with the packaging, the arrival time and detailed information about the lens and operation. I had ordered a zoom lens from another internet company and was not at all impressed with the product and their policies. B & H is definitely listed as a favorite on my computer and will be my first consideration for future purchases

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            5.0

            Great lens for inexperienced operator

            By TeeDog

            from Tacoma, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

              Over the years I have gone into camera stores to purchase a 500mm lens and I always let them talk me into something else. As a matter of fact before I searched the internet I went to a camera store to get one and they tried to talk me into a different mm lens. They were out of stock so I researched and found you guys. Now that I have the lens I have wanted for the past several years, I can't wait to go shoot the Eagles this coming weekend and also learn how to use it.

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              4.0

              Much better than I thought

              By Happy B&H customer

              from Vancouver, BC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Filter ring
              • Goodfast AF good light
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Not silver
              • Pretty Good Image quality

              Cons

              • No tamron 2x for sony
              • Poor in Low Light
              • Slow or no focus lowlight

              Best Uses

              • Ambush kids from far away
              • Paparazzi
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

              Of course I was thinking about Sony 70400G like most of the sony shooters but the price... so i went for the cheaper, lighter, much older Tamron 200-500. The IQ is much better than what I expected(if i did it right). F8 has the best result. f6.3 isn't too bad at 500mm. Be aware of the depth of field when you shoot wildlife in close distance. Auto Focus: it's very fast when shooting birds in flight in bright sunny days. In low light, it's pain in the bum bum. It keeps hunting from the longest to the shortest end such as in the shady area(tree shade). Early spring may be our best chances because there may not be much leaves on most of the tree. Besides, it's mating season. Thank you B&H for picking a good copy for me. BTW, it comes with the nice bag w/ strap, filter ring and big lens hood. Yes you can use the lens hood and adjust your filter(CPL) with no problem if you attach the filter ring. If you're willing to spend big bucks, go for the sony G and their 2x teleconverter cost $500. Otherwise, this is good enough for me. If you want teleconverter, the answer is Kenko MC7. Tamron doesn't make teleconverter for sony.

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              5.0

              Good lens for wildlife shotting

              By Shloima

              from Israel

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

              I use it for wildlife pictures shotting. Good lens with. Heavy for long time carring.

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              4.0

              sharp but slow af

              By cman

              from bastrop,tx

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

              this lens is sharp with good color,bokeh,and good control of ca and purple fringing. it is best for perched,or slow moving small birds/wildlife within 20ft. in those cases it will render very sharp detail from f8-f11. however, for birds-in-flight it often is frustrating to use. it focuses slow and zooms all the way out first when trying to obtain focus. it really could use a focus limiter to help find focus on moving subjects. of course then it would be more expensive. so there is a trade-off here. i wouldn't consider it overly heavy compared to other 500mm lenses. it is heavier than a 300mm lens. a nice padded case and 5yr warranty is included.

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              5.0

              Good Lens

              By ChapJohn

              from Tigard, OR

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

                I use this lens for wildlife and some landscape. I find the wieght of this lens well balanced on the tripod making tripod adjustments easier. Pictures are sharp at all focal lengths. The lens is long and occupies a lot of space in the camera backpack.

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                5.0

                Fantasic Lens

                By Robbie H.

                from Melbourne, Vic. Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Good price value
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • I didn't buy one sooner

                Best Uses

                • Birdlife Photos
                • Distance shots
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

                I knew as soon as I took it out of the box that this was a top quality lens. Pictures are sharp and the auto-focus better than I expected even with a 1.5x teleconverter attached. I was pleased with the price from B&H and and it arrived in Australia in just 5 days. I took to a local wetlands and it performed even better than I dared to dream. I can see I am going to get many years of enjoyment and quality images from this lens.

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                5.0

                Great long zoom lens for the price

                By Al

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Accurate AF
                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Lightweight for 500 mm
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Slow AF in low light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

                Just got this lens a week ago and am trying it out on my Alpha 300 and 580. Intending to shoot birds, wildlife and distant subjects outdoors.

                So far - excellent optical performance. I am seeing excellent sharpness at close focus and distant. I get branches on trees and windows on houses 4 miles distant. A 500 mm shot of a flower across the backyard at 75 ft looks like a macro close-up. Used the a580's mirror lock-up for this. At 400-500mm a solid tripod helps greatly. Centers are generally excellent, corners a bit softer. For handheld, the a580's high ISO performance and Steady Shot helps.

                Autofocus - on the a300, Ok but not always great. On the a580, very accurate. If you don't trust AF on the 580 (which so far is always right on) use the focus check Live View zoom and Manual focus, this is good for stationary subjects.

                Will focus suprisingly well even in twilight (not night-time) outdoors or in decent artificial light indoors.

                Mechanical quality is excellent, it is very solidly built, satisfying to use. Weight about 3 lb - less than the Sony 70-400. You can carry this around for a while and take sharp photos in good light handheld.

                My cheap and light Sony 75-300 is actually quite good out to 200mm and OK to 300mm, the Tamron gives me great shots out to 500mm.

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                3.0

                200-500 tamron lens

                By Lwood

                from Phila, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Heavy
                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

                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. Makes me nervous because we want to take these to Africa and I'm worried I'll get back and find 50% of my shots out of focus.
                For the money, and depending on what you plan to do with this lens, I would recommend it.
                I agree with other posts that the auto-focus does leave something to be desired. Birds in flight do not wait for the lens to decide to focus on them. Have missed many shots when in auto-focus because of the lens slowness.

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                5.0

                very pleased

                By Bryan newbie

                from Sioux Falls, SD

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • Needs large filter

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Sony Alpha and Minolta Maxxum:

                Have only used this lens for a few weeks and so far just love it. I've taken some great close ups of flowers, etc. and baseball games. Can't wait to take it to Alaska on a cruise/tour!

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                • You Pay: $26.99
                 

                Protection/Camouflage

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                LensCoat -  Lens Cover for Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di AF Lens (Black)
                • You Pay: $89.99
                Usually ships in 7-14 business days i This is a special order item. Est. arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at the time of shipment.
                 

                Lens Mount Caps

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                Sensei -  Cap Keeper Lens Cap Holder
                • You Pay: $1.99
                 

                Tripod & Support

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                Oben -  ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
                • You Pay: $59.95
                 

                Extenders, Converters & Close Up Accessories

                Vello -  Auto Extension Tube Set for Sony Alpha
                • You Pay: $79.95
                 
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