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

B&H # TA552004M Mfr # AF015M-700
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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. 82-300mm 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 Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
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 Sony Alpha & Minolta Digital SLR
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    Tamron55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Consistent output (6)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (5)
      • Portraits (3)
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      5.0

      Fabulous value!

      By 1TrackMind

      from Charlottesville, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        This is a great match for my Sony a100, and nearly five years after buying it I still have nothing but good things to say about it. It's a very lightweight lens, and the movement for zoom and focus are efficient. Image quality (primary use: railroad photography) is excellent for its value. I highly recommend this it you're looking for a mate for your shallow range zoom lens. This will fill out your range quite nicely without breaking the bank. (One more note: this lens is best suited for outdoor, bright light settings.)

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        4.0

        Value leader for digital Cameras

        By Elise

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Value leader

        Cons

        • Loud focus
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

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

        I used this lens to shoot a weekend motors ports event and took roughly 2000 photos without a hitch. I was able to get close to the action with most pictures coming out sharp; only a few could have been sharper. The light weight helped as I schlepped my camera, lenses and gear around the race track. The only significant downside is the lens hood which does not allow the lens cap to be put on or taken off easily. Focus was not always as fast as I would like either but for the money I can't complain too loudly.

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        5.0

        great budget lens

        By dustin

        from springfield, mo

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Quick Focus
        • Sharp Focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          one of the best 55-200's for the price. lightweight, compact, 1/2 the price of the sony comp. lens, with just as good quality. A real steal! it's not super fast, but you would have to pay much more for an f2.8 lens. the biggest weakness is the plastic mount.

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          4.0

          Awesome lens! -Image quality surprises!

          By Phil the

          from Portland, Oregon

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Quick Focus
          • Sharp Focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Sports/Action

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

            I use this Tamron 55-200 lens as a companion for my Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 lens which makes a great lightweight and small camera kit for "go anywhere" use. Image quality is NOT compromised!
            The optical quality in this lens really surprised me as it is better than my Minolta 70-210 f4.0!
            The build quality is "OK" for a lightweight plastic design, but the optics are so awesome, it really deserves a nicer build.

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            5.0

            Small, light, fast, sharp

            By Robert

            from Manchester, CT

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use

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

              Inexpensive zoom that is small fast and sharp. Used on Disney vacation for some very good pictures. A bargain.

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              5.0

              Great Value

              By Mike Wessinger

              from Chapin, SC

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Sharp Focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Upgrade

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

                I bought this to supplement my kit lens that came with my SONY Alpha 300. I read reviews prior to purchase that the lens was not quiet, but I haven't heard enough noise to complain about it. It is fairly quick, with very few "stutters" in my experience so far. The optics seem to be very good, though I must admit that as an amateur, I do not have a very wide basis to compare it against. I am very happy with the results I have seen with my camera.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Great performer for the price!

                By Eppic

                from Vancouver, BC

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Sharp Focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back-Up
                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

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

                  I normally don't use this zoom range very often (I do mostly landscapes), but I still wanted a zoom tele for some of my work and it had to be light and compact for my backpacking trips.
                  After a week of use in the field, I'm pleased to report that this lens has exceeded my expectations in terms of image quality. With the three foot minimum focus distance, I can get some great close-up shots of wildflowers with a nice out-of-focus bokeh background. The 300mm effective range is also great for getting those distant objects.
                  Highlights seem to be well controlled with a negligible amount of CA. I do stock photography as well, and this lens is certainly capable of producing stock-worthy images.
                  AF is reasonably fast with decent smoothness in the zoom. Manual focus ring is very small and really isn't designed to be used for serious work.
                  The lens is incredibly light and has a bit of a cheap feel to it, but construction otherwise appears to be solid. This lens however does come with a 6 year warranty.
                  This lens is comparable in image quality to the Zuiko 40-150mm which I used to use and retailed for $400.00. This Tammy beats the Sigma 70-300mm APO by a longshot.
                  A definite recommend for anyone looking for an affordable and compact tele.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Unbelievable Optics for this price range

                  By zcus

                  from Canada

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Lightweight
                  • Price
                  • Sharp Focus

                  Cons

                  • Cheap build - all plastic
                  • Focus hunting

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  The build quality of this lens in not very good - all plastic and the filter rotates when focusing and zooming.. so not good for polorizer filters.

                  But the image quality makes up for this - very very good colour/contrast and sharp wide open and on both ends of the zoom range.

                  Bottom line: the build quality is terrible... but the image quality is AMAZING in good light.

                  If your on a tight budget and need a zoom lens - you can't go wrong with this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens for the price!

                  By Josh

                  from Mexico Beach, FL

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife

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

                    I use this as my primary lens for all applications from portraits to wildlife and the performance is MUCH better than I expected.

                    Coupled with a 2x teleconverter, you should never need another zoom lens again.

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