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Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon

B&H # TA2005005N Mfr # AF08N-700
No Longer Available
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 Nikon Mount

The 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon 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.

The lens has autofocus capability however because it does not have a built-in AF motor, AF will not function with any camera that requires a motor in the lens for autofocus.

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 Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
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 Nikon
  • 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 Nikon
     
    4.5

    (based on 65 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (34)
    • Strong construction (30)
    • Durable (29)
    • Easily interchangeable (27)
    • Consistent output (25)

    Cons

    • Heavy (18)
    • Poor in low light (8)
    • Slow focus (5)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (29)
    • Sports/action (27)
    • Landscape/scenery (21)
    • Wildlife (15)
    • Landscape photography (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (12), Enthusiast (6), Semi-professional (6), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (32)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    "I was impressed...VERY IMPRESSED"

    Right out of the box this is an impressive lens,real keen to take it straight away and do some test shots with it attached to my Nikon D90 DSLR Camera, I have Fairy...Read complete review

    Right out of the box this is an impressive lens,real keen to take it straight away and do some test shots with it attached to my Nikon D90 DSLR Camera, I have Fairy Wrens in the bush near my house so the best test was to photograph these little birds (mouse size birds),well,to say I was impressed would be an understatement, the lens was quick to focus and very accurate, although I took a tripod to use I didn't have time so had to do these pictures "hand held" and the lens performance was "excellent",all great, sharpe pictures.
    Used this lens now for three weeks solid on all sorts of subjects, portraits, flowers, action, boating, sea birds and I can't fault it, hence the 5 star rating.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Almost happy, but not satisfied

    Use for wildlife photography - mostly birds.
    Great thing- zoom range and price are excellent

    Not so great - Vibration reduction would be very nice - though MOST shots are...Read complete review

    Use for wildlife photography - mostly birds.
    Great thing- zoom range and price are excellent

    Not so great - Vibration reduction would be very nice - though MOST shots are tripod-mounted, the VR would be a nice convenience.
    Not happy with the autofocus. Tested on a tripod using the remote control @ 1/500th sec. Found that the autofocus was FAR INFERIOR to manual focus.
    For that reason, I returned it.

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    4.0

    Nice lens

    By Keith Feilzer

    from Bend, OR

    Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

    I bought this lens to use with my Nikon D5000 and found out, disappointingly, that it did not autofocus with that body. I have since upgraded to a Nikon D610 and have been very impressed with its performance with this body. It is sharp, quick and true, and in good light does not always require a tripod.

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    5.0

    Very Well Pleased

    By Bokeh Bob

    from Jacksonville,FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

      The more I have used this lens, the more pleased I am with it. One other review suggested that you have a rock solid tripod for the 500m length, and I would generally agree. However, I have learned to either brace myself or find other inventive ways to avoid the tripod and as I've gotten better at it, I'm more pleased with the results. I shoot a lot of outdoor football (college and pro) - this lens is terrific for outdoor sports. I shoot a lot at the Zoo, and I like to get close. Love this lens at the Zoo. Again, when I'm able to brace myself, I've gotten terrific results without the tripod. Now- the big surprise. I do a lot of concert shooting. I pretty well wrote this lens off for concert shooting. Wow was I wrong. When I spot-meter on the artist's face, and bump my ISO up on my D800, I'm able to get close-in with great definition at a reasonably high shutter speed. Don't expect any lens with this sort of reach to just pop out of the box and suddenly do it all for you. But if you'll learn how to use this big guy, you'll be well-pleased too. (Oh.... and before I forget - this lens is sensational for shooting surfers.)

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      5.0

      Tamron 200-500 f5-6.3 Lens for Nikon

      By Riverpacker

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

        I use this lens for birds and animals in the yard, the woods, and along the river. I generally shoot with aperture wide open to f11 so I can't comment on image quality at smaller apertures. Shallow DOF works for me to separate the creature from the busy wooded background. Autofocus is OK but slow although I find myself using manual focus often to get creatures lurking in tree branches and vegetation. It is possible to handhold this lens on a bright day at ISO400, but a monopod is better and a tripod is best. I have had this lens a month and run 600 -700 photos through it (certainly there were rejects, but that was due to issues other that the lens). I can't comment on how the lens will perform over the long term, but I have a Tamron 70 - 300mm that is 12 or more years old and used extensively in the field on canoe trips, camping, and hiking, and it performs as good as the day I got it.

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        4.0

        Great value for a telephoto lens

        By Max

        from Seattle/Tri-cities, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Clear shots at distance
        • Great value
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

        I was initially nervous when purchasing this lens.

        On my first time using it, I was able to do the following:

        -Clearly identify a license plate at 600 feet
        -Easily identify a street sign 1450 feet away
        -Using a tripod, I was able to clearly identify a house number 1900 feet away.
        -Get a clear photo of a truck on a bluff 1.5 miles away

        When at a distance, it's tough to get moving objects (ie cars) clearly, but what do you expect?

        I got some very good photos of birds and butterflies around the neighborhood. For fun, I took photos of my nextdoor neighbor's statues. The bokeh is very good on objects 10-30 feet away.

        I took it to a daytime outdoor soccer game - it took very good photos at around 200-300 feet. I don't think it would do well during night games, even under stadium lights, as the autofocus is slow to hunt. But for the price, I can't complain

        The only real downside to it is that if you want a crisp shot while above 350/400, you really need a tripod. This is probably the case with all lenses like this, though - it's just too hard to keep your hands still while shooting at distance. Even the monopod wasn't good for this range.

        Also, to go from 200-500, it takes about a 3/4 turn (most lenses are 1/4-1/2) so it's tough to jump in one fluid motion - you may need to do two cranks with the hand.

        Comparing to my 80-200 f/2.8 lens with 1.4x extender, this takes much better photos. I also had a chance to test this against the comparable Sigma lenses - it blows them out of the water.

        For the price, you're not going to find a better telephoto lens. If you have a spare $5k-$12k lying around, then go ahead and get the 500 prime lenses.

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        5.0

        Great investment

        By Jasmin

        from St_Hubert Quebec Canada

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

          I am very happy with my recent purchase of the Tamron lens. The zoom is amazing! And pictures stay very clear.
          I will recomend this to my friends. I use this lens with 2x AF Teleconverter Tamron on a Panasonic GH2 and. Great combination.

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          5.0

          Love this lens!

          By Billy

          from New Jersey

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

              I used it on a bright sunny day to take pics of my son's lacrosse tournament.

              It captured all of the high speed action!

              Can't do better for the price.

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              4.0

              "Don't judge a book by its cover"

              By Marco

              from Savoy, Il

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

              Using this for outdoor photography of birds and animals. Nice handeling. Wish a little sharper when at > 400mm. But overall it will do the trick. You will need to use a monopod or tripod.

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              5.0

              "I was impressed...VERY IMPRESSED"

              By Gerry from Blackbutt

              from Queensland, Australia.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Lens Creep

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

              Right out of the box this is an impressive lens,real keen to take it straight away and do some test shots with it attached to my Nikon D90 DSLR Camera, I have Fairy Wrens in the bush near my house so the best test was to photograph these little birds (mouse size birds),well,to say I was impressed would be an understatement, the lens was quick to focus and very accurate, although I took a tripod to use I didn't have time so had to do these pictures "hand held" and the lens performance was "excellent",all great, sharpe pictures.
              Used this lens now for three weeks solid on all sorts of subjects, portraits, flowers, action, boating, sea birds and I can't fault it, hence the 5 star rating.

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              5.0

              An excellent zoom telephoto lens for the

              By Marv

              from Loveland, Colorado

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • 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 Nikon:

              I use this lens on my D300s camera and it is a very smooth operating quality lens. Nothing negative except the obvious weight consideration for such a large lens.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great Beast

              By Heighway

              from Ballarat Australia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

                Seems to be a great beast. Have used it four times so far and I am very pleased with it. Whilst it appears to be not quite as sharp as a brand name prime lens it is still very good. The actual build and quality of the two accessories are excellent.

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                5.0

                "This is exactly what I wanted"

                By Kari9211

                from North Providence,R.I.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • A little Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

                This is a great lens for taking pictures of wildlife.I had just got the lens and took one of the best of a hawk flying over me.
                the focal length is great.It's a little heavy if you don't use a tripod.
                Over all it's a great lens

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                5.0

                Tamron 200-500MM autofocus lens

                By Bob

                from Seneca ( Clemson ) South Carolina

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear focus
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

                I am currently using the lens for long distance photos of our areas waterfalls and interesting structures for a coffee table book. The lens gets very close to my subject. It's more then I hoped it would be.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By gafala

                from Yakima, WA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

                  Some have said they had lens creep I have not seen any.

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                  4.0

                  I would buy another Tamron product

                  By Old Bird

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

                  I use the lens to photograph wildlife. Mostly birds in the wild. First time I've used a BIG lens, am still getting use to using it, love the quality of the photos I've gotten.

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                  3.0

                  Almost happy, but not satisfied

                  By flyingnone

                  from Venice, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

                      Use for wildlife photography - mostly birds.
                      Great thing- zoom range and price are excellent

                      Not so great - Vibration reduction would be very nice - though MOST shots are tripod-mounted, the VR would be a nice convenience.
                      Not happy with the autofocus. Tested on a tripod using the remote control @ 1/500th sec. Found that the autofocus was FAR INFERIOR to manual focus.
                      For that reason, I returned it.

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                      5.0

                      a great deal

                      By Photos by Jo-Ann

                      from Hudson N.H.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Rugged
                      • 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 Nikon:

                        I use this lens with a nikon D90. Good distance with a good price

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                        5.0

                        Great Deal, High Power

                        By FordPrefect

                        from Bellevue, WA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

                          Sweet lens - a good price but great quality. It works perfectly on my Nikon D300s and D200.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By Geo

                          from Springfield, IL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

                            Great lens for the money. I have a Nikon D80 and the lens works great with it. Used the the lens to take pictures at an indoor skating show and i had no problems with the lens focusing and the pictures were clear and sharp.

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                            4.0

                            Initial Assessment of Tamron 200-500mm

                            By SCGACYCLING website

                            from Bluffton, South Carolina

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

                                I purchased this lens primarily for wildlife (birds mostly). I have tried it on a blue heron that was about 100 feet away. The resulting photo gave the impression that the bird was about 6 feet away as the detail was extremely good. Next test will be on birds in flight, and that should be a better test. Initially, I am satisfied.

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                                4.0

                                Great lens for the price

                                By Kimmer

                                from Denver, CO

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Nikon:

                                      I was a bit hesitant to purchase this lens because it doesn't autofocus with my D5000, but I've been able to take very clear,sharp pictures using manual focus. I did find that a tripod is necessary to help steady the camera with the extra weight. Photography is a hobby with me, so there was no way I could justify a more expensive lens. This one meets my needs for wildlife photograhy.

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