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Tamron SP AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical

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Tamron SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Review

Bob Atkins
23 July 2008
  • Excerpt: The Tamron SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) is a wideangle zoom lens designed for APS-C sensor cameras. That means just about everything except the Kodak full frame DSLRS and the Canon EOS 1D series DLSRs. On a typical APS-C digital camera, such as the Canon EOS 20D, it has the same field of view as a 17.6mm to 28.8mm lens would on a full frame 35mm camera. The lens is available in Canon EOS, Nikon AF-D and Konica-Minolta AF-D mounts.
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REVIEW: Tamron SP AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DiII LD Aspherical (IF)

22 May 2008
  • Conclusion: This lens goes a long way in overcoming the biggest drawback of the cropped digital sensor, that of wide-angle coverage. The light weight, which possibly compromises build quality slightly, reduces the penalty incurred by carrying extra lenses. The only disappointment was the quality drop-off towards the edges of the image, but many compositions can cope with the anomaly.
  • Pros: Good control of distortions, Good contrast and colour rendition, Lightweight and comfortable in use.
  • Cons: Sloppy manual focus, Fall-off in quality towards the edges.
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Overall 7
Design 9
Value for money 8
Features 7
Performance 7
Picture quality 8

Tamron SP AF 11-18mm f/4.5 – 5.6 Di II LD Aspherical Review

What Digital Camera
5 March 2007
  • Summary: The Tamron is lacking compared to the others. It's not a bad lens on its own, but doesn’t stand up to the competition
  • Pros: Good contrast
  • Cons: CA issues, sharpness fall-off at corners
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Overall 6

Expert Review

Photo answers
4 July 2008
  • Excerpt: This 11-18mm lens from Tamron is pretty lightweight, with a predominantly plastic finish. The design is functional - the zoom ring at the rear has a chunky design, while the manual focus ring at the front is relatively large. Once the lens is placed on the front of a D-SLR with a 1.5x focal length multiplication, you have a lens with a 35mm equivalent of 16.5-27mm (17.6-28.8mm with a  Canon D-SLR), so it hasn't got the greatest range here on test, but it's more than wide...
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Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 test side

25 May 2011

Zoomy szerokokątne do cyfrowych Nikonów - część 3, Tamron 11-18/4.5-5.6

1 July 2008
  • Summary: Od początku widać było, że zoom Tamrona trochę odstaje od przetestowanej już pary konkurentów. Ma minimalnie gorsze parametry katalogowe, niezbyt komfortowo się go obsługuje, no i ten autofokus... Pod względem jakości optycznej ani razu nie wybił się ponad 4 punkty. Na tym poziomie ma rozdzielczość obrazu, dystorsję, no i całkiem przyzwoicie zachowuje się przy zdjęciach pod światło.
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