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Tamron Zoom Normal-Telephoto AF 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital SLR

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The Tamron AF 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD is a high power zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras using the more compact (APS-C) digital size image sensors. The focal length of this lens is equivalent to approx. 88-320mm in 35mm format. This compact, lightweight 55-200mm telephoto zoom lens is the ideal "second lens" in a complete lightweight digital camera lens system.

The 55-200mm zoom lens realizes an MFD (Minimum Focus Distance) of 3.1 ft. (0.95 m) over the entire zoom range, the top level of the closest focusing distance among tele-zoom lenses. Since the maximum magnification ratio at f=200mm is 1:3.5, you can enjoy easy and convenient close-up photography.

Note! Di-II lenses cannot be used with digital SLR cameras using image sensors that are larger than that of an APS-C size imager (e.g. 1D series), or with 35mm film SLR cameras.

Improved Optical Design Optimized for Digital SLR
The lens features a redesigned optical design to improve the overall distribution of optical power while reducing various aberrations to the absolute minimum and achieving remarkable downsizing at the same time.
LD (Low Dispersion) Glass Element
An LD (Low Dispersion) glass element is used to accomplish effective compensation of on-axis and lateral chromatic aberrations, a critical factor to enhance the optical quality in digital photography. As a result, the lens provides outstanding optical performance over the entire zoom range.
Internal Surface Coating to Reduce Ghosting and Flare
Lens features Internal Surface Coatings (i.e., multiple-layer coatings on cemented surfaces of plural elements) and new multiple-layer coating technology on ordinary elements in order to minimize reflections that occur when light enters through the front element and to reduce image degrading effects caused by the imagers themselves.
9-Blade Diaphragm
The rounded 9-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
Di-II Series Design
Design has been improved by adding a gold-colored band between the focus and zoom rings to enhance the appearance and make it stand out as a Di-II lens. The rubber patterns of the zoom and focus control rings have been improved at the same time to compliment the digital camera design style and to provide better handling.
Performance
Focal Length 55 - 200mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 28° - 7°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.12' (95 cm)
Magnification 0.28x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 13/9
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.8 x 3.3" (7.11 x 8.38 cm)
Weight 10.4 oz (295 g)
Tamron Zoom Normal-Telephoto AF 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital SLR
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    Tamron55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital
     
    4.2

    (based on 17 reviews)

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Easily interchangeable (7)
    • Consistent output (6)
    • Durable (5)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (5)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (9)
    • Sports/action (5)
    • Wildlife (4)
    • Landscape photography (3)
    • Portraits (3)
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      • Enthusiast (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Pretty Good Telephoto Zoom

    Bought this lens about 2 years ago as my second SLR lens to compliment the Canon 18-55mm kit lens that came with the Rebel XT. It has performed very well for me. I've...Read complete review

    Bought this lens about 2 years ago as my second SLR lens to compliment the Canon 18-55mm kit lens that came with the Rebel XT. It has performed very well for me. I've used it to get some very good candid portrait shots of my family as the lens lets you slip out of the action and take shots from the fringes where people forget you are there. Best shot of my mother-in-law taken with this lens at 200mm.

    Used it just last week in Hawaii to get a really good shot of a humpback whale jumping out of the water. Even though the boat had to stay 300 ft away, the whale is not just a speck in the ocean, it's a good chunk of the photo. If you search my username on flickr (same as in the review) you can see some great examples of what this lens can do.

    A side note so that the rest makes sense, I've since bought a few other Canon lenses and upgraded to the Rebel XTi.

    There's really only one bad thing about the lens and that is that the focus is slow and tends to hunt a bit. It's a lot slower than my Canon 28-105 USM and a little slower than the aforementioned 18-55mm. There've been a few times where I've had to switch to manual focus in order to catch a bird before it flew away as the lens hunted for a good AF.

    A very minor con is that, compared to my Canon 18-55mm and 28-105mm, it turns the opposite way to zoom in. Those are the only other Canon zooms I own so I don't know if it's consistent through all Canon lenses. If it is, then it's pretty annoying that Tamron has it backwards. When I've spent a day using a Canon or this lens and then switch to the other one, I spend a few shots twisting the barrel the wrong way to zoom in. However, a good photographer shouldn't have to switch lenses very often so this is only a very minor annoyance. Of course, if you have a Canon on one camera and the tamron on another (as a wedding photographer might do) then you might find it excruciatingly frustrating.

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    Good Lens for the price.

    For under $200 this is a good lens. It's light, produces descent pictures and has macro capabilities. This should be a first lens, or a compliment to your Kit lens though and not...Read complete review

    For under $200 this is a good lens. It's light, produces descent pictures and has macro capabilities. This should be a first lens, or a compliment to your Kit lens though and not an upgrade. I use this lens as a small, light alternative when I'm walking around with family. It's not a bad lens, but focus is slow on this lens, detail is a bit soft and it is much louder than other lenses I own. But I have to keep reminding myself that it's half the size and weight of my Canon 70-200 and was a great price!

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    4.0

    Wonderful inexpensive lens

    By Tim B

    from Queens,NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Lens Creep

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

    I take close up pictures of flowers, and I found this lens to be a great addition. To my close up lens collection. The lens construction could be better. But with its low cost price tag. I think that you get a very good lens for the price.

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    5.0

    Tamron 55-200 Macro for Canon

    By Fotonerd

    from Wichita, KS

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Quick Focus

    Cons

    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

    For indoor and outdoor use to shoot closer pictures.

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    4.0

    A good purchase for those on a budget

    By Mike

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

      This product is worth the money. Photography is a hobby of mine, so I was looking for a good, inexpensive telephoto lens, and this product fit the bill. I use it primarily for nature shots. It's relatiely light weight and compact. The images aren't as sharp as I'd had hoped, but photo editing software is basically able to compensate for this shortcoming. Yes, I would recommend it to other amateur photographers, though I'm confident it wouldn't suit a professional's needs. Incidentally, read the lens use intstructions BEFORE you begin using the lens to prevent possible AF harm.

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      5.0

      Love this lense

      By Mark

      from Charlotte, North Carolina

      About Me Getting started

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Quick Focus
      • Sharp Focus

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

      I am a beginner in photography being tutored by a semi-professional and he recommended your lenses. I find changing them easy and am finding more applications for using them. I have an active family (lake activities, soccer, beach, etc.) so there are many opportunities to capture these unique moments.
      I plan to build out my inventory of lenses as my skill develop and am excited to learn more.

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      5.0

      Great Product for Low Price

      By Redhead Photog

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Quick Focus
      • Sharp Focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Special Effects
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

        I recently got a Cannon EOS 30D and found my lens that was on my 35mm Cannon EOS wouldn't fit. Being a little strapped for cash, I was looking for the best product for the price range when I fell upon this product.
        When I recieved my lens, I tried it out immediately, and I loved it! It's SUPER light-weight, and takes great shots. The view through it might be a little grainy, but you get past that when you see how great a job it does in the final outcome shot.
        Overall, very affordable with great results and lightweight for easy travel!

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        4.0

        Nice addition for the price

        By Ivey

        from Orlando, Fl

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          I am new to photography and wanted a lens that I could get some up close photographs of my daughter. I love to take pictures and this lens was a nice addition to my collection for the price.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Pretty Good Telephoto Zoom

          By djotaku

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Closeup Portraits
          • General Use
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          Bought this lens about 2 years ago as my second SLR lens to compliment the Canon 18-55mm kit lens that came with the Rebel XT. It has performed very well for me. I've used it to get some very good candid portrait shots of my family as the lens lets you slip out of the action and take shots from the fringes where people forget you are there. Best shot of my mother-in-law taken with this lens at 200mm.

          Used it just last week in Hawaii to get a really good shot of a humpback whale jumping out of the water. Even though the boat had to stay 300 ft away, the whale is not just a speck in the ocean, it's a good chunk of the photo. If you search my username on flickr (same as in the review) you can see some great examples of what this lens can do.

          A side note so that the rest makes sense, I've since bought a few other Canon lenses and upgraded to the Rebel XTi.

          There's really only one bad thing about the lens and that is that the focus is slow and tends to hunt a bit. It's a lot slower than my Canon 28-105 USM and a little slower than the aforementioned 18-55mm. There've been a few times where I've had to switch to manual focus in order to catch a bird before it flew away as the lens hunted for a good AF.

          A very minor con is that, compared to my Canon 18-55mm and 28-105mm, it turns the opposite way to zoom in. Those are the only other Canon zooms I own so I don't know if it's consistent through all Canon lenses. If it is, then it's pretty annoying that Tamron has it backwards. When I've spent a day using a Canon or this lens and then switch to the other one, I spend a few shots twisting the barrel the wrong way to zoom in. However, a good photographer shouldn't have to switch lenses very often so this is only a very minor annoyance. Of course, if you have a Canon on one camera and the tamron on another (as a wedding photographer might do) then you might find it excruciatingly frustrating.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great lens for the price...

          By Joseph

          from Staten I, NY

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Landscape
          • Portraits

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          This lens is great for landscapes when you want background compression, as well as for portraits. AF is rather slow, so I don't recommend it for action sports or any shooting that requires fast focusing.

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          3.0

          Good Lens for the price.

          By Trailwood

          from Durango, CO

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good value
          • Lightweight
          • Macro

          Cons

          • Noisy focusing
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Back-Up
          • General Use
          • Macro

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          For under $200 this is a good lens. It's light, produces descent pictures and has macro capabilities. This should be a first lens, or a compliment to your Kit lens though and not an upgrade. I use this lens as a small, light alternative when I'm walking around with family. It's not a bad lens, but focus is slow on this lens, detail is a bit soft and it is much louder than other lenses I own. But I have to keep reminding myself that it's half the size and weight of my Canon 70-200 and was a great price!

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          4.0

          Excellent, I love the lens

          By takesalot

          from petaluma ca

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          love this lens and it was a great price.

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          4.0

          Great and inexpensive Lens

          By Billthe till

          from Tasmania Australia

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Sharp Focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • For me None

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Portraits
          • Special Effects
          • Upgrade
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          Very impressed with this lens. Only got it this morning and cannot stop taking photos with it!
          As an inexpensive lens it certainly fills the amateur's expectations of quality, detail, in particular in "RAW" mode, on my Rebel Xti.

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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great inexpensive lens

          By Mark B

          from Montville NJ

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Sharp Focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

            I use the lens for taking action pictures of my kids soccer and baseball games. It really gets you close to the action. With my Cannon it works nicely.

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            5.0

            Everyday use versatile lens

            By Kanga

            from Mornington Peninsula, Vic, Australia

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good colour
            • Great macro
            • Lightweight
            • Sharp Focus

            Cons

            • plastic mount
            • Poor MF
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Landscapes
            • Macro
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

            Extremely versatile lens from macro to maximum telephoto.
            IMHO the optical quality of this lens is above average for a budget lens.
            I have taken in excess of 500 photos to date, I am more than happy with the results.
            There is some barrel distortion and CA fringing in high contrast areas, but nothing to worry about. Lens is slightly noisy and slow to focus in poor light, or congested areas for critical focussing.
            On my Canon Rebel XT, I overide the 7 point AF focus, using the top thumb wheel and + button, to shoot with centre spot AF mode only. This will speedup the focussing, especially if shooting small creatures like bees, in congested canopies.
            This is a great lens for everyday use and with a bargain price.

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            3.0

            Not favorable

            By Seilethin

            from San Antonio, Texas

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

            • Loud
            • Poor color rendition
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Back-Up
            • Landscapes

            Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

            I rate it a 3/5 because it has slow and loud autofocus and bad color rendition. Not Ideal as a long distance macro lens as advertised. I feel that it focuses better in landscapes. Although, I have gotten quite a few good shots from it.. With a better lens I could have many more by now. I bought the canon 18-55 kit lens and only use this one for the extended range. This is a good backup.
            For the price, get the kit lens.

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            4.0

            A good enough lens for the price

            By Anonymous

            from Nassau, New providence, Bahamas

            Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

            I bought this lens a few weeks ago and I must admit I did have some trepidations considering its low cost, you know you usually get what you pay for. Suffice to say it has exceeded my expectations. The IQ is very good but softens a bit at the 200mm range. I would recommend this to anyone who is new to photography or is a on a low budget.

            Problems Encountered: Hunts in low light

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            5.0

            Great lens for the price

            By Carskick

            from Florida

            Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

            This lens has a great range on the 1.6x form, and hassurprisingly good optics for the price. It remains F4 upuntil 135mm, and is quite sharp wide open. AF isn'tespecially loud, but can make some strange noises sometimes,however, it is pretty accurate, and works well with my 20D'sservo mode. The macro capabilities are great if you don'thave a dedicated macro lens, though if focus begins to hunt,it has to go all the way through macro and back toinfinitely, so focus is fast unless it hunts, which itrarely does under normal usage.It is strong through out it's focal lengths, and doesn'tseriously fall off in IQ at 200mm like many lenses do attheir extreme. Build quality is also quite good for theprice, descent zoom ring and no barrel wobble, the focusbutton is much better than Canon's cheap lenses.

            Problems Encountered: The only real issue with the IQ of this lens is in very highcontrast areas, you get a fringe or CA, but its the color ofthe brighter object, not purple, red, or yellow like usual.While it is a flaw, it is much less distracting than purpleor red CA, which this lens has almost none of.Otherwise, the MF ring is not the best, though you can spinthe hood if you have it equipped, which I find to be a niceMF, and there is also no distance reading. Though this lenshas a plastic mount, it seems quite sturdy, and I have neverlost connection to this lens.

            Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Fuji S6000fd, Canon 17-55mm kit, Canon 50mm

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            5.0

            Good stuff!

            By Seilethin

            from Texas

            Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

            Good lens. Quite sharp at 55mm and stays sharp all the way out to 200. sturdy build and weighs less than the canon XTi body that I use. The rubberized zoom grip is handy.

            Problems Encountered: Only that the lens tends to hunt a bit in slightly dark conditions.

            Previous Equivalent Items Owned: 15-55 mm kit, 50-200mm sigma

            Items I Recommend: 52mm polarizer or UV filter

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