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Tamron 200-500MM F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF)

Review Date: Aug 29, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: $749.00 | Rating: 2 

Pros: Zoom range, price, comes with a hood and nice padded case
Poor sharpness, huge when extended fully, no limiter, slow, needs tons of light

Well, after a few months with this lens I came to realize that "you get what you paid for" is painfully true. I was tempted by the price and 500mm, and then regretted the purchase. There is simply no way to obtain nice sharp images with this lens past 300mm even on a tripod, ISO800, f>10 and shutter speeds above 1000. I'm thinking maybe I got a bad copy and should send this back to Tamron, because this thing takes horrible images. All images are blurry and edges show bad aberration and distortion. I had the Canon 70-300IS lens before and at 300mm it was a lot sharper than Tamron at 300mm. Beyond 300mm it's just frustration, nothing else.

I gave in and bought the Canon 100-400 L lens and I'm in heaven. The difference is so striking it's not even funny.

I will probably try to send this lens to Tamron and then try to sell it. It was a bad purchase and I can't honestly recommend this lens.

I used it with Rebel XT and briefly with XTi.