A super telephoto zoom for the budget photographer. The 200-400 features a one-ring design, meaning you zoom with a push pull movement. Tamron released a successor to this lens in 2004, the 200-500mm DI, which is apparently more suited for digital photography. The coverage of the focal length of this lens, makes it suitable for sports photographers as well as wildlife photographers. Weighing 1260g this lens won`t break your back, hiking up a mountain.
||13 elements in 11 groups
||12 - 6° (35mm/FX)
|Minimum focus distance:
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||Front lens cap
Rear lens cap
170mm x 85.4mm / 7" x 3.36"
||1260g / 44.4oz
||Tamron SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD IF Price: $849.95 USD
- Sharpness @ 200mm, even wide open.
- Second hand price, these babies sell quite cheap on ebay.
- Tripod mount, finally a tripod mount that works, Nikon are you listening?
- Lens hood
- Focus speed, not the worst, but not the best either.
- Soft @ 400mm f/5.6. By f/8 it gets sharp again.
- CA This lens shows quite a bit of chromatic aberrations @ 400mm.
Although the performance on 400mm f/5.6 is not too good, this is still a good buy. The alternative you have to this focal lenght is a 80-200mm with a 2x converter. Which has better contrast and sharpness(for the AF-S), but the price difference is huge. I really like the zoom range on this lens, and the tripod mount actually works, meaning you can use a Pro (D)slr on it, and actually change cameras without removing the lens from the tripod. This is the budget photographers super tele zoom. And you get good value for your money.
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Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR From: $519.95 USD
Tamron SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD IF Price: $899.95 USD
Sigma AF 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO. Price: $899.00 USD
Sigma AF 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO. Price: $999.00 USD
sigma AF 100-300mm F/4.0 EX DG IF HSM. Price: $1,199.00 USD
Nikon AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED. From: $1,449.95 USD
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Sigma AF 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF. Price: $28,999.00 USD
*Prices and rebates are subject to change. Listed price is from March 6, 2010
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