Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro vs. Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro vs. Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro vs. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS vs. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III vs. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM

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Zoom lens
Zoom lens
Zoom lens
Zoom lens
Zoom lens
Zoom lens
APS-C / DX
35mm FF
APS-C / DX
APS-C / DX
35mm FF
35mm FF
18–200 mm
70–300 mm
55–200 mm
55–250 mm
75–300 mm
75–300 mm
No
No
No
Yes (4 stops)
No
No
Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX), Pentax KAF, Sony/Minolta Alpha
Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF, Sony/Minolta Alpha
Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX), Sony/Minolta Alpha
Canon EF-S
Canon EF
Canon EF
 
F3.5–6.3
F4–5.6
F4–5.6
F4–5.6
F4–5.6
F4–5.6
F22
F32
F32
F22–32
F32–45
F32–45
No
No
No
No
No
No
7
9
9
7
7
7
 
 
 
Circular diaphragm
 
 
 
15
13
13
12
13
13
13
9
9
10
9
9
3 hybrid aspherical lens elements 2 LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements 1 XR element (Extra Refractive Index)
 
 
Super Spectra coatings UD element
 
 
 
0.45 m (17.72)
0.95 m (37.4)
0.95 m (37.4)
1.10 m (43.31)
1.50 m (59.06)
1.50 m (59.06)
0.27×
 
0.29×
0.31×
0.25×
0.25×
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Micromotor
Micromotor
Micromotor
Micromotor
Micromotor
Micro-type ultrasonic
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Internal
Extending front
Extending front
Extending front
Extending front
Extending front
 
A17NII model includes AF motor for focusing on entry-level Nikon bodies. Older (Pre-Feb 2008) A17N model does not have built-in motor.
screw drive for nikon mount
 
 
 
Yes
Yes
 
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
 
No
No
No
 
398 g (0.88 lb)
435 g (0.96 lb)
300 g (0.66 lb)
390 g (0.86 lb)
480 g (1.06 lb)
480 g (1.06 lb)
74 mm (2.91)
77 mm (3.02)
72 mm (2.82)
70 mm (2.76)
71 mm (2.8)
71 mm (2.8)
84 mm (3.3)
117 mm (4.59)
83 mm (3.27)
108 mm (4.25)
122 mm (4.8)
122 mm (4.8)
 
 
 
Plastic barrel, plastic mount
Plastic barrel, metal mount
Plastic barrel, metal mount
 
 
 
No
No
No
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Rotary (extending)
Rotary (extending)
Rotary (extending)
Rotary (extending)
Rotary (extending)
Rotary (extending)
 
 
 
No
No
No
 
 
 
No
No
No
62 mm
62 mm
52 mm
58 mm
58 mm
58 mm
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
 
flower shaped hood
DA-17
 
ET-60
ET-60
ET-60
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
 
 
Soft Case LP1019
Soft Case LP1019
Soft Case LP1019