Is my lens soft, out of focus, or just cheap?

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Is my lens soft, out of focus, or just cheap?
6 months ago

I have a Nikon D7000 and usually shoot with a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens but picked up a Nikon 55-200 VR lens to get a little more reach. I don't use it much but it always seems to produce soft images IMO. I'm uploading a picture of a palm tree I took outside my window just as an example. Even after sharpening the RAW to 100 in Lightroom it just seems "unsharp."

I forgot to keep the exposure in the photo but it was 1/250 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100.

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Nikon D7000 Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
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