Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF)

Last updated (28 June’10):
- Review by WhatDigitalCamera

Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF)features 200-500mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/5-6.3. The lens construction has 13 elements in 10 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 12°-5°. Closest focusing distance at 2.5m (98.4″) and has a filter size of 86mm. The Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) lens weighs 2.7 pounds and it measures 3.7 inches in diameter and 9 inches long.

Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF)
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) Reviews

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“Optically, the Tamron SP AF200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) superzoom is impressive. It performs least well at 200mm and at f/32 for all focal lengths but these are the least critical areas in such a lens. Tamron has done well to achieve so much at such an affordable level.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photodo reviews the Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“We found this lens light and compact enough to carry around in a standard camera bag, so for a focal length of 500mm, this has to be an advantage, making it available when needed but not necessary to have a separate carrying bag.”
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“The performance figures are generally on a very high level – very good between 200-400mm and still good to very good at 500mm. The level of distortions is exceptionally low throughout the range and vignetting is nothing to worry about on an APS-C DSLR. Add the very good build quality on top combined with the very moderate price tag and you’ve an attractive package here.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Bobatkins reviews the Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“It’s well made, feels sturdy, the tripod mount is stable and focus is accurate. The hood is deep and effective and the supplied filter effect control adapter is a neat idea. The supplied soft case is useful and protects the lens well.”
rating: N/A

Photo.net reviews the Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) and writes;
“The Tamron SP AF200-500MM F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) is a pretty decent telephoto zoom for the price (around $875 discount). It’s well made, feels sturdy, the tripod mount is stable and focus is accurate. “
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) User Reviews

Wonderful new lens from Tamron | Rating: ★★★★★
“Very sharp even wide-open from 200mm to 400mm it starts to slightly lose its edge at 500mm but still is very respectable. AF is quick and not very noisy. The lens can be hand-hold in broad daylight but is best used either with monopod or a good tripod (especially if you shoot in dusk conditions). Attaching optional 1.4x extender would allow to bring subjects up to 24 times closer compared to bare eyesight and still get a very high quality shot. “ – by netscorer

Amazing lens for value | Rating: ★★★★★
“Lens is extremely sharp. When I received it I was amazed at the built quality. Produced amazing quality pictures. Very sturdy built. Sharpness was great till around 400 mm. Great for nature and portrait. “ – by J. Joo

good unit | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a good unit. I do wish that it had a little finer manual focus, and it doesn’t work very well with 1.4 Ramron multiplier. All in all, I like this lens. “ – by W. Kiplinger

Your get more than what you pay for | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m providing some technical tips here for long end (500mm) use. Use a (light) monopod, which could save some treasure at 1/100 sec. On the other hand, even at 1/1000 sec, monopod still could help sharpness sometimes; Make good use of the light weight and 2.5m focus distance, approach the objects — it’s the key to get great bird pictures, although 500mm is also important;” – by Q. Chang

A Greate Value | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Sharpness is great from 200-400mm, but does become a little soft at 500mm but still is very good. At 500mm, I did need to lock down my tripod, used mirror lockup and cable release to get a good picture. “ – by J. Lang

GREAT LENS!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The Dof and Bokeh are wonderful. I use the Tamron 200-500 with my Rebel Xt. I have very small hands, and I have NO problems hand holding this lens at all… I only have it 3 days and I’m really enjoying it. My images are sharp! The only thing I did was change the contrast on my camera, which had been set to HIGH, to NORMAL. “ – by ARIES47

Canon Di 200/500 Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was never quite close enough. I bought this for my Canon 30D. This is a really terrific lens! I had another, smaller Tamron lens and this one is noticably faster in autofocusing. I was not expecting the extra speed. I shoot mostly handheld without a tripod and have been able to get some great shots by simply resting it on something.” – by N. Crane

One great Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens has a cool feature that lets you mount a polarizer filter and attach a lens hood. You can then rotate the lens hood and filter as a complete assembly. It is almost impossible to rotate a polarizer filter in other telephoto lenses with the hood attached. The tripod mount ring has a quick release option that is perfect if you want to hand hold the lens. The lens only weighs 2.8lbs and built very solid. “ – by Michael Simpson

Light weight, good price, sharp at F/7.1, slow autofocus, slow max aperture | Rating: ★★★★☆
“My first shots were of the moon at 500mm hand held on manual mode at ISO 400 1/800th second at F/7.1. I was very pleased with how sharp and what great contrast this lens produced when I got back inside and downloaded to my Mac. “ – by Grant Brummett

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Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) Specifications

This is a zoom lens from Tamron that lets you bring your far away subjects up close while compressing the distance between the main subject and the background for professional-looking results. Even while covering up to a 500mm that enables you to take ultra telephoto shots of subjects further than the eye can see, its design is extremely lightweight and compact. When mounted on an APS-C size digital SLR camera, it provides a focal length equivalent to a 760mm for super ultra telephoto imaging.ing.

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