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Tamron AF 55-200 mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro

23 August 2010
Arkadiusz Olech

4. Image resolution

The image resolution in the frame centre is at a very good level in the 55-130 mm range and at least good at 200 mm. In all these ranges the Tamron surpasses significantly its competitor, the Canon EF 55-200 mm, and has the results similar or a bit higher than the Nikkor 55-200 mm. It would be difficult to carp about anything here, although purists could complain about the image quality at 200 mm wide open.

Tamron AF 55-200 mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro - Image resolution

The Tamron’s image degradation with the increase of the focal length can also be clearly seen in JPEG files. The picture below, showing a test chart crop taken by f/8 and at three different focal lengths is also a proof of it.


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Tamron AF 55-200 mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro - Image resolution

At the frame edge, the Tamron loses its dominant position in resolution. Here, at 55 mm, it can still win with e.g. the Canon, but in the 130-200 mm range it keeps a level very similar to other lenses.

Tamron AF 55-200 mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro - Image resolution