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Tamron200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP AF Di LD (IF) Lens for Canon EOS
 
4.4

(based on 49 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (28)
  • Consistent output (24)
  • Durable (23)
  • Easily interchangeable (22)
  • Strong construction (19)

Cons

  • Heavy (12)
  • Slow focus (7)
  • Lens creep (6)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (24)
  • Sports/action (17)
  • Landscape/scenery (13)
  • Wildlife (12)
  • General purpose (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (9), Enthusiast (6), Semi-professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Rugged and light weight lens on a budget

Over 4 years ago I started switching my wildlife/everyday backpack over to all Tamron lenses. I went from a pack weighing 36lbs+ down to under 26lbs. I changed over to the Tamron...Read complete review

Over 4 years ago I started switching my wildlife/everyday backpack over to all Tamron lenses. I went from a pack weighing 36lbs+ down to under 26lbs. I changed over to the Tamron 200-500mm saving 1.3lbs from my previous long range lens. It functions very well with both 1.4X and 2X Tamron pro teleconverters even when stacked. With its lightweight I normally shoot this lens free handed with no problems. I do focus manually most of the time because the auto focus leaves a little to be desired when tracking wildlife, especially birds against the sky. It gets carried almost daily and tends to get thrown around a bit in my truck. Finally this past fall after 10,000+ images the aperture failed. It was fully covered under Tamrons 6 year warranty and is now back up and running smooth as ever. Being an f6.3 lens @ 500mm and non IS it does have a hard time in low light situations and the picture quality suffers. In the daylight however when using 400 ISO I can shoot at 1/500 sec @ f16 or so and the picture quality is very good to excellent. It is light weight and rugged and worth every penny. I have no regrets buying this lens and will be using it for years to come as my primary wildlife lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Only with tripod or monopod

I have had this lens for about 7 months. Maybe it is just me but out of a thousand shots or so. This lens is very blurry at 500mm. I got about 6...Read complete review

I have had this lens for about 7 months. Maybe it is just me but out of a thousand shots or so. This lens is very blurry at 500mm. I got about 6 or 7 good photos with it at 500mm. Between 200-400mm is awesome hand-held. But what is the point in having all of that distance if you can't use it. If you know what you are doing, it might be a good lens for you. It does get up on your subject.You will need a tripod or monopod. Very heavy!!! I wouldn't buy it again. I will just have to get the Canon 100-400

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5.0

200/500mm Tamron

By Howie

from Evansville IN

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

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

best use ..landscapes & nature
auto focus works well

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5.0

A great lens at an affordable price

By bobo

from La Mesa CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      It works well and gives a good image that is sharp and clean

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      4.0

      Pleasant surprise

      By Restnot68

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      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 Canon EOS:

      I chose this lens based on the reviews I read and the price. The lens was made in Japan and is well built. I wasted no time checking this lens out. Lacking image stabilization, I wanted to see how it worked hand held. I was pleasantly surprised to find out, even in late afternoon light, it was fairly sharp and focused quickly on my subjects. To say it was tack sharp, it was not, especially if you want to enlarge your photo. I think lighting plays a big role in just how sharp the picture is; as well as, stability. Next day, I was out at the local AF Base taking pictures of the planes taking off and landing. I got some outstanding shots and found, on a moving target, the auto-focus worked well. If you want to take pictures of fairly stationary subjects, a tri-pod is necessary. At full focus your subject will be sharp but the back ground seems somewhat distorted as in the picture of the Egret. At minimum focus, the detail is much better but the edges of your subject are not crisp and for this reason I can only give this lens a 4 out of 5 stars. Out of more than a thousand shots I still got some great pictures I wish I could share them all. This lens works well with an extender giving it more versatility. I've only had this lens for ten days and it is already one of my favorites.

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      5.0

      Very Favorably Impressed

      By travel_luvr

      from Birmingham, AL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I purchased this lens for an upcoming trip to Antarctica. I will be using it with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Since I don't leave for another few weeks, I can't comment as to its efficacy in photographing penguins, however the test shots I made were very crisp and clear. Although, it is heavy, as one might expect for a lens of this size, I used it without a tripod or other support and there was no blurring or other evidence of shake.

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        5.0

        Fast Service

        By Flash Gordon

        from Milw, WI

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action

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

          Received the item when I wanted at a competitive price.

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          5.0

          Does the job with style.

          By Gray Fox

          from Charleston, SC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I use this lens for wild life photography. It has excellent focusing in bright light and good focusing in fair lighting. In poor lighting manual focusing is a must. I try to shoot at f/11 when ever I can and the results are very sharp. At wide open you have to be very carefull with your focusing. The photo of the Black Skimmer was shot at f/14, 1/1600 of a second and with the Tamron 1.4 tele-extender.

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            4.0

            Very solid lens- great results

            By J

            from Wisconsin

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              Cons

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

                  Great lens. I had read about how 'soft' many people said the lens was but I'm happy with the results. Very fine pictures of eagles, herons and turles with the lens at max magnification. Very solid purchase.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By homer 2410

                  from gainesville, fl

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • 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 Canon EOS:

                    nature / bird photos

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                    5.0

                    I would recommend it to a friend.

                    By Photo Bum

                    from Tallahassee, Fl

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      I use the 200-500mm f/5-6.3 mostly for photographing wildlife and travels. I have only had it for 2 weeks but so far it has done all of what I was expecting. I will have to use a tripod with it but knew that when I ordered it. I am very pleased with it.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Lens

                      By Irish Ladd

                      from Springfield, OR

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action

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

                        I so far have used the lens for sports photography and some portrait photography on nephews and nieces. It has focused quickly enough for my taste and has taken shots that are sharper in focus and better in color than one of my canon lenses. I haven't even had need to use a tripod with it even in lower light situations.

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                        2.0

                        Wasn't thrilled with it.

                        By Naldo

                        from Yonkers NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                          Cons

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

                          Best Uses

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

                            I tried to use it at a little league game but the pictures were not as crisp as I got got from my canon lens.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Lens

                            By mommacobb

                            from Kansas City, MO

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Just learning not sure

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            I am just now learning to use a DSLR. This lens is great as it allows me to have 200-500 mm at a decent price. I do not have to have a lot of different lenses.

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens

                            By Z

                            from Phily, PA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            i was looking for a lens that was good for nature/animal shots, could zoom to 500, and supported autofocus in a price range that I could afford. This lens met all of that criteria and is producing some beautiful shots. I was able to get a beautiful shot of a bald eagle flying around.

                            I would recommend this lens to anyone.

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                            4.0

                            Long-distance Camera Lens for Canon

                            By Pesky Critter

                            from Salt Lake City, Utah

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Blurry Focus
                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            I use my new lens to take photos of wildlife that is usually impossible to approach. It is really great when a bird is perched in the open and I have something to lean the lens on. I have had no problems with the light requirement and find the lens practical overall. It is a bit unwieldy for hiking and focusing is more of a challenge.

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                            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Buy

                            By weewood

                            from San Jose, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              I plan on going to Hawaii in Feburary and watch the whales. I wanted a lens the I could use to capture them from a distance.

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                              • Yes

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                              4.0

                              Great Lens

                              By "C"

                              from Florida

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              I use the lense mostly for photographing wildlife. Gives great clear pictures, even handheld. Does take awhile to locate and focus, so I have not mastered birds in flight with it yet. Great price, compared to a comperable Canon lens.

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                              3.0

                              TAMRON 200-500 lens

                              By S J

                              from West Virginia

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              I use my lens out in the field literally, I photograph wildlife. So far I have had great results getting close up shots of a variety of critters. I am not happy with the weight of this lens but I guess that is because of all the bells and whistles. OverallI see it as a good investment.

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                              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              What A Shock!

                              By lazhow

                              from Boynton Beach, FL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Lens Creep
                              • 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 Canon EOS:

                              Too often we say for the price the lens was good...not here for at any price this lens is outstanding.I own several canon lens in the L classification and this Tammron lens compares very favorably.
                              I use mostly for landscape and wildlife with my Canon 7D and the lens focus is fast and unbelievely sharp. Naturally you have to set the camera speed at least to 400 and f/8 is the ideal situation for sharp and clear photo's. At 200mm-300mm photos are very clear and sharp and at 500mm with a polarizer filter attached you will get excellent quality.
                              Due to the light weight of the lens handheld shots are very possible but for really presentation type photo's tripod and automatic shutter release has to be apply.
                              You will enjoy this product.

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                              4.0

                              Great wildlife lens

                              By Photoman

                              from Minden, Nevada

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • 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 Canon EOS:

                                This lens is used for wildlife photography. The lens is well
                                constructed and produces very nice images. I would recommend
                                this lens to outdoor photographers.

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                                4.0

                                Good Value for the Money

                                By Van Man

                                from Vancouver, Canada

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  If you can't afford, or don't want to carry around, a Canon 500mm prime lens, and you don't use IS (image stabilization) very much, then this lens is for you. This lens also has two LD (low dispersion) elements which gives it the edge in contrast and sharpness versus the Sigma lenses. I use this lens with a tripod and cable release and get very good results. It is also mostly made of plastic which keeps the weight down. Recommended.

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