The Tamron SP AF200-500mm ƒ/5.6-6.3 Di LD (IF) lens is the kind of optic that excites many of us, especially if we're shooting digitally. That's because a focal length range that typically has been fairly costly to add to a camera bag becomes incredibly affordable with this lens. It's also a boon when used with a digital SLR, where the magnification factor boosts the apparent focal length to 760mm.
Weighing only 43.6 ounces, this ruggedly designed lens includes a removable tripod collar, non-rotating front element and filter effect control ring. The latter allows for attached filters to be rotated even when the lens hood is mounted. The lens features Tamron's Di technology, an improved multi-coating specifically designed for digital cameras that reduces ghosting and flare. Its Low-Dispersion (LD) elements help improve color accuracy and contrast. The lens is available in Canon, Minolta, Nikon and Pentax mounts.
The images produced with the Tamron lens were bright and sharp. I especially liked the greatest benefit of using such a long focal length: the narrow depth of field. Even at ƒ/8, many of my subjects stood out in sharp relief to the blurred background. So while the lens is great for bringing distant objects "closer," it's an effective tool for isolating elements in a scene for emphasis.
Whether photographing wildlife or landscapes, the Tamron AF200-500mm lens combines fun and quality in one solid package. List Price: $1,454.95.
Contact: Tamron, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.
[ Specifications ]
Focal Length: 200-500mm
Aperture Range: ƒ/3.5-32
Min. Focus Distance: 8.2 feet
Lens Construction (Group/Elements): 10/13
Angle Of View: 12°; 5°
Weight: 43.6 ounces
Mounts: Canon, Minolta, Nikon, Pentax
Filter Size: 86mm
|1 Optimized for digital SLRs, with a magnification factor that boosts the apparent focal length to 760mm
2 Filter effect control ring and removable tripod collar for more versatility when composing images
3 Lightweight and ruggedly designed lens