Gear Review: Tamron AF 55-200mm Lens


First Gear Review in this blog, since this is the first purchase I have done after getting the SLR itself. Allow me to introduce the Tamron AF 55-200 mm lense for Nikon DSLR.

What brought it to my attention in the first place is it’s relativly cheap price compared to other brands, it cost me AED 410.- that is almost USD $111.40 which is almost one third any other lense available in the market here in UAE.

This lense has the following specifications:

Tamron AF 55-200mm Lens with Lens Hood

Tamron AF 55-200mm Lens with Lens Hood

  • Focal Length: 55-200 mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F/3.5-6.3
  • Angle of View: 75 degrees 33′ – 7 degrees 59′
  • Lens Construction: 9/13
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.95 m throughout the entire zoom range
  • Filter Size (Diameter): 52 mm
  • Length: 83 mm
  • Diameter: 71.6 mm
  • Weight: 295 g
  • Lens Hood: DA15

It comes with manual focus, it’s ok, I can survive with that, actually this gives me better control over the pictuer quality and I can play around more with Depth of Field efects.

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Nikon: AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens

What makes me super excited about this lens, is the range of photos I can take, starting from the 55 mm focal length giving me the chance to take nice portraits, to the 200 mm giving me somehow the ability to take telephoto shots. Compared to the other lens coming by default with the camera body itself, the AF-S Nikkor 18-55 mm, having a smaller range of functionalities especially when it comes to portraits and telephotos. However, it surpasses the Tamron in two areas:

  1. The macro photos are some how better since it gives minimum distance of 0.28 m
  2. The servo motor controlling auto focus with a switch allowing me to manually set focus
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