Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di-II LD Macro

Last updated (11 May’12):
- Review by Ephotozine

The Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di-II LD Macro features 55-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/4-5.6. The lens construction has 13 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 28.5 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 37.4”/0.95m and has a filter size of 52mm. The Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di-II LD Macro lens weighs 10.4 Ounces and it measures 2.8 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di-II LD Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di-II LD Macro Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4.0-5.6 Di-II LD Macro and writes;
“Chromatic aberrations are also fairly well controlled, with only a small amount of fringing detectable to the eye in very high contrast areas. Contrast and colour rendition are well rendered and the resolution is simply in a class above what you would expect from a lens in this price bracket.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Alphamountworld reviews the Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4.0-5.6 Di-II LD Macro and writes;
“Optically, I find the Tamron 55-200mm f4-5.6 Di II LD Macro to behave very well. Color is neutral and so are contrast (can be a bit low) through the aperture range which does make for very natural and believable images. Sharpness is there too, while not tack sharp at all apertures you’ll find it plenty sharp even when shooting wide open at f4 (which by the way is available all the way to 135mm). “
rating: N/A

Photo.net reviews the Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4.0-5.6 Di-II LD Macro and writes;
“Optically, at 55mm the lens is certainly better than the Canon EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 (which is where the EF-S lens is weakest). Both center and corner sharpness are good, especially if you stop down to at least f5.6. At 100mm center sharpness is good, but corners are soft wide open and don’t fully sharpen up until the lens is stopped down to f8. At 200mm center sharpness is again good and the corners somewhat softer.”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di-II LD Macro User Reviews

Good Lens for a Cheap Price | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“I originally bought this lens in order to have a zoom along with my 18-55mm kit lens for my Rebel Xti. Overall the build quality of this lens is very nice. It comes with a lens hood which is great because Canon usually charges you around $30 extra dollars for a lens hood.” – by Jan Ulrich

Great companion to my standard 18 to 55mm lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“you get better lens performance compared to a lens that “tries to do it all” by going from super wide to long telephoto. Outdoors the camera was able to focus the Tamron quickly and reliably. I am very pleased with the lens. “ – by Nightingale

A nice macro zoom lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I like this lens and it is a very good lens for the price, light weight and precise. Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.” – by A. Elzahed

great quality for not big bucks, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I am just a debutant photo amateur but I was looking for a not pricy telephoto zoom mainly for portraits and bumped into this option. Basically all critiques are good, nice image quality, good color rendering the only downside is the slow and noisy AF. It is a real good deal for a beginner on a budget. “ – by L. Perez

Tamron AF 55-200mm for Canon DSLR | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am pleased with the lens. I believe the picture quality is exactly what I expected or better. I do think it’s a little slow when it’s far out of focus, but it’s quick enough when it’s just a little out of focus. I don’t plan on using the lens everyday, but for the money and features, it’s worth it. “ – by pwrplayhockey

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Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di-II LD Macro User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di-II LD Macro Specifications

The Tamron AF55-200mm f4-5.6 Di II Macro LD (Model A15) is a tele-zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with smaller-size image sensors at an affordable price. Di (Digitally integrated)-II lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers. This lens is not designed for use with 35mm film cameras or digital SLR cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.

For photographers who bought their digital SLR camera in a kit with a standard zoom lens but are dissatisfied with the telephoto capability of the standard lens, the AF55-200mm f4-5.6 Di II LD Macro offers in a second lens a desirable telephoto range at an affordable price. The tele-zoom from Tamron will allow these photographers to enjoy the telephoto capabilities that yield dynamic images in many photographic situations including sporting events, large wildlife, scenery and portraiture.

Popular-type Tele-zoom for Exclusive Use on Digital SLR Cameras
This is a telephoto zoom for exclusive use on digital SLR cameras that covers the focal length range equivalent to 85-310mm when converted to a 35mm format. The lens will allow owners of digital SLRs fitted with standard zoom lenses to enjoy with ease the professional-looking “pulling” and “compression” effects particular to telephoto lenses.

Lightweight and Compact Design Thanks to Optical System for Exclusive Use on Digital Cameras
Since the optical system is designed for exclusive use on digital cameras, the image circle is smaller, resulting in a compact package measuring 3.3 inches, accepting a 52mm standard filter and weighing a mere 10.4 ounces.

Revolutionary Minimum Focus Distance of 37.4 inches for 1:3.5 Macro Capability over the Entire Zoom Range
The 55-200mm zoom lens realizes an MFD (Minimum Focus Distance) of 37.4 inches 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. (The Maximum Magnification Ratio of 1:3.5 is equivalent to 1:2.3 when converted to 35mm film format.)

Nine-blade Diaphragm Construction for Natural Out-of-focus Effect
Since the lens employs a nine-blade almost circular diaphragm construction, it provides naturally blurred background effects when a natural out-of-focus effect is desired. Such effects are done by using the shallow depth of field of a telephoto lens or in close-up photography, exploiting the outstanding specifications of 0.95m MFD over the entire zoom range and 1:3.5 maximum magnification ratio.

Optical System Uses Special Glass and is Optimized for Digital SLR Characteristics in order to Enhance Optical Quality in a Compact Design
The AF55-200mm zoom lens features an entirely optical design for optimizing the overall distribution of optical power while reducing various aberrations to the absolute minimum and achieving remarkable downsizing at the same time. In addition, 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.

Optical Design Dedicated to Digital SLR Photography by Optimizing the Angles of Incidence of Light Rays Reaching the Image Sensor
The zoom lens uses a optical system designed to confine the changing angles of incidences of light rays reaching the imager within a certain scope over the entire image field by considering the effects of variances due to zooming.

Enhanced Peripheral Illumination
Peripheral light fall-off is minimized when compared with that of conventional lenses for film cameras, so images are uniformly bright from the center to the periphery.

Outstanding Resolution
Since the lens is designed exclusively for digital SLR photography, it provides high image quality resolution, contrast and flatness of image field.

Internal Surface Coating to Reduce Ghosting and Flare
By the employment of “Internal Surface Coatings” (i.e., multiple-layer coatings on cemented surfaces of plural elements) and multiple-layer coating technology on ordinary elements, ghosting and flare due to reflections that occur when light enters through the front element and reflections caused by the imagers themselves are reduced to the absolute minimum.

New External Design on the New Di II Series Conveys “High Performance, High Precision Image”
Improvements have been made to the external design 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.

Super Hybrid Mount for High Durability and Lightweight Design
The lens features a super hybrid mount made of highly durable, lightweight engineering plastic precisely molded around a stainless steel “core” that is also highly durable. The lens mount portion weighs 70% less than a brass-made mount.

What’s in the Box:
Lens, lens hood.

See also: Lens Reviews | Tamron Lenses

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