Tamron SP 200-500mm f/5-6,3 Di LD IF

        

General information

This is a zoom lens manufactured by Tamron and the model was launched 2004.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.

This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon and Nikon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.

Here it is the only Canon version of the lens that has a built-in autofocus (AF) motor. The possibility to use autofocus (AF) is available for Nikon cameras but only if the camera itself has a built-in autofocus (AF) motor. Some cheaper and budget camera models from Nikon lacks a built-in autofocus motor, and we at Lensora appreciate autofocus, so in the list of compatible cameras we have chosen to display only the cameras that you can get autofocus with.

The lens has a focal length of 200-500 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.

A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/5-6,3.

This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.

One thing to consider is that the lens has a variable brightness, which means that depending on how much you are zooming the lens will have a different maximum aperture value. At 200 mm the lens brightness is f/5 and at 500 mm the brightness is f/6,3. Through the link below you can read more about what this could mean for you as a photographer.

The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. 

Filter and Lens Hood

The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 86 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.

Together with the lens there is a lens hood included but we have unfortunately no further information on model etc so feel free to contact us if you know more.

Tripod Mount

This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.

Pictures (product and sample images)

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Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilities. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • Long focal length with its 500 mm
  • An impressive focal range
  • Works on all sensor types
  • A lens hood is included
  • A tripod mount is included
  • No built-in autofocus motor (the Nikon version)
  • No built-in image stabilizer
  • Poor aperture value with its f/6,3
  • A variable lens brightness at different focal lengths
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
  • Heavy (1237 gr)

Specification

Product Name:Tamron SP 200-500mm f/5-6,3 Di LD IF  (See dictionary)
Release date: 2004
Manufacturer:Tamron
Type of lens: Telephoto Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:  No Macro lens
Compatibility: Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Canon
Nikon
Nikon; for autofocus the camera has to have a built-in autofocus (AF) motor
See a list of compatible cameras
Maximum aperture: f/5-6,3
The lens aperture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/5 at 200 mm
f/6,3 at 500 mm
(Read more)
Focal Range: 200-500 mm

Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  • 200-500 mm on Canon FF, Full frame
  • 260-650 mm on Canon APS-H
  • 320-800 mm on Canon APS-C
  • 200-500 mm on Nikon FX, Full frame
  • 300-750 mm on Nikon DX, APS-C
See list, camera for camera

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 13 elements / 10 groups
Image Stabilizer: No
Closest Focusing Distance: 250 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 86 mm
Lens Hood: Included, but no info available
Tripod mount: Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing: No
Dimensions (diameter x length): 93 x 227 mm
Weight: 1237 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Other Model A08

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Reviews

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Does this lens work with my camera?

Below you will find all registered cameras here on Lensora. Whether the actual camera works with this lens or not is displayed with a green or a red symbol, and if you want to know more about why the lens and the camera work or do not work together you click for further information..

Product name Release date Type Sensor Focal Length ? Total weight
Canon EOS 1000D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1739 gr
Canon EOS 100D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1644 gr
Canon EOS 10D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2112 gr
Canon EOS 1100D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1732 gr
Canon EOS 1200D 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1717 gr
Canon EOS 1300D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1722 gr
Canon EOS 1D 2001 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 260-650 mm 2822 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 2004 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 260-650 mm 2802 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 2007 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 260-650 mm 2392 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 2005 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 260-650 mm 2802 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 2009 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 260-650 mm 2467 gr
Canon EOS 1D X 2011 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2577 gr
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 2016 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2767 gr
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 2020 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2677 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds 2002 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2822 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 2004 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2802 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 2007 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2622 gr
Canon EOS 2000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1712 gr
Canon EOS 200D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1690 gr
Canon EOS 20D 2004 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2007 gr
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2007 gr
Canon EOS 20Da 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2007 gr
Canon EOS 250D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1686 gr
Canon EOS 300D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1882 gr
Canon EOS 30D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2021 gr
Canon EOS 350D 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1777 gr
Canon EOS 4000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1673 gr
Canon EOS 400D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1793 gr
Canon EOS 40D 2007 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2059 gr
Canon EOS 450D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1761 gr
Canon EOS 500D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1757 gr
Canon EOS 50D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2059 gr
Canon EOS 550D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1747 gr
Canon EOS 5D 2005 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2132 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 2008 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2087 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 2012 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2187 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 2016 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2127 gr
Canon EOS 5DS 2015 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2167 gr
Canon EOS 5DS R 2015 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2167 gr
Canon EOS 600D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1807 gr
Canon EOS 60D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1992 gr
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1992 gr
Canon EOS 60Da 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1992 gr
Canon EOS 650D 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1812 gr
Canon EOS 6D 2012 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2007 gr
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 2017 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2002 gr
Canon EOS 700D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1817 gr
Canon EOS 70D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1992 gr
Canon EOS 750D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1792 gr
Canon EOS 760D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1802 gr
Canon EOS 77D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1777 gr
Canon EOS 7D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2097 gr
Canon EOS 7D Mark II 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2147 gr
Canon EOS 8000D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1802 gr
Canon EOS 800D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1769 gr
Canon EOS 80D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1967 gr
Canon EOS 850D 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1752 gr
Canon EOS 9000D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1777 gr
Canon EOS 90D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1938 gr
Canon EOS D30 2000 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2092 gr
Canon EOS D60 2002 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 2092 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1882 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1777 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1793 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1757 gr
Canon EOS Kiss M 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS Kiss M2 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS Kiss X10 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1686 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X10i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1752 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X2 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1761 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X4 Digital 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1747 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X6i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1812 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X70 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1717 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X8i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1792 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1690 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1769 gr
Canon EOS M 2012 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M10 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M100 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M200 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M3 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M5 2016 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M50 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M50 Mark II 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M6 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M6 Mark II 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS R 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS R3 2021 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS R5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS R6 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS Ra 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS Rebel 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1882 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1644 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1690 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1686 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T1i 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1757 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1747 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1732 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1807 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T4i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1812 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1717 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5i 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1817 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1722 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1792 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6s 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1802 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1712 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1769 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T8i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1752 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XS 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1739 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1761 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XT 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1777 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XTi 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 320-800 mm 1793 gr
Canon EOS RP 2019 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon D1 1999 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2437 gr
Nikon D100 2002 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2017 gr
Nikon D1H 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2437 gr
Nikon D1X 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2437 gr
Nikon D200 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2157 gr
Nikon D2H 2003 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2437 gr
Nikon D2Hs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2437 gr
Nikon D2X 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2437 gr
Nikon D2Xs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2437 gr
Nikon D3 2007 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2537 gr
Nikon D300 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2162 gr
Nikon D3000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D300s 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2175 gr
Nikon D3100 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3300 2014 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3400 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3500 2018 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3s 2009 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2477 gr
Nikon D3x 2008 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2497 gr
Nikon D4 2012 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2577 gr
Nikon D40 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D40x 2007 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D4s 2014 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2587 gr
Nikon D5 2016 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2652 gr
Nikon D50 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 1857 gr
Nikon D500 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2097 gr
Nikon D5000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5100 2011 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5300 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5500 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5600 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D6 2020 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2507 gr
Nikon D60 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D600 2012 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 1997 gr
Nikon D610 2013 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2087 gr
Nikon D70 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 1916 gr
Nikon D700 2008 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2311 gr
Nikon D7000 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 2017 gr
Nikon D70s 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 1916 gr
Nikon D7100 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 1912 gr
Nikon D7200 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 1912 gr
Nikon D750 2014 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 1987 gr
Nikon D7500 2017 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 1877 gr
Nikon D780 2020 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2077 gr
Nikon D80 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 1905 gr
Nikon D800 2012 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2137 gr
Nikon D800e 2012 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2137 gr
Nikon D810 2014 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2217 gr
Nikon D810A 2015 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2117 gr
Nikon D850 2017 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 2242 gr
Nikon D90 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x) 300-750 mm 1940 gr
Nikon Df 2013 DSLR Full frame 200-500 mm 1997 gr
Nikon Z fc 2021 Mirrorless DX (1.5x)
Nikon Z5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z50 2019 Mirrorless DX (1.5x)
Nikon Z6 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z6 II 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z7 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z7 II 2020 Mirrorless Full frame

Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Alternatives to Tamron SP 200-500mm f/5-6,3 Di LD IF for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Tamron SP 200-500mm f/5-6,3 Di LD IF . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4,5-5,6 L IS USM
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS L
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 L IS USM
Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6,3 DG APO OS HSM

Alternatives to Tamron SP 200-500mm f/5-6,3 Di LD IF for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Tamron SP 200-500mm f/5-6,3 Di LD IF . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4,5-5,6 D VR
Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4 G IF-ED VR II
Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6,3 DG APO HSM OS

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