The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD and the Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM is the longer of the two lenses at 85mm. The Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD with a length of 83mm is 2mm shorter. On the other hand, there is no difference between the max diameters of these lenses, both coming at 72mm.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD weighs 300g, which means it is 5g (1%) lighter than the Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM which has a weight of 305g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Sony Alpha Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Sony Alpha Mount for Size Comparison
Both Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD and Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM has the same Sony Alpha lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Sony Alpha lenses are Sony A68, Sony A77 II and Sony A58.
Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD is also available in Canon EF and Nikon F (DX) mounts.
Both lenses have the same focal range of 55-200mm and the fastest aperture of F4.0 - F5.6.