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Tamron SP AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical
7.6 out of 10

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

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Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by dugong5pm

dugong5pm, slrgear.com
12 October 2012
  • Summary: I have owned this lens since 2005 (it was new back then). This is a great lens for the price. For me, it's been a landscaper's dream lens. It goes wide, very decent performance, without having the backpain (it's light). It gives very decent performance.
  • Pros: light, good IQ, price
  • Cons: none for the price
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Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by roaniecowpony

roaniecowpony, slrgear.com
10 March 2009
  • Summary: I bought this lens about 2 yrs ago now, used on ebay. I hadn't really tested it much until I bought the Tokina 11-16 and set up some tests (see my Tokina 11-16 review). The Tamron AF accuracy was very good and required only -3 units (backforcused about 5-6 inches at 7ft subject) of AF correction on...
  • Pros: inexpensive, lightweight
  • Cons: cheap build typical of Tamron
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Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by EF-S10-22

EF-S10-22, slrgear.com
28 September 2007
  • Summary: As I got stolen my EF-S10-22, I am testing all UWA lenses for my 40D . This one was tested this moring and I tested many things in a little city area of Bangkok. The resolution is great , its peak is at about 13mm f8.
  • Pros: light , compact, excellent color and contrast , very good resolution
  • Cons: CA,no USM.
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Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by lor

lor, slrgear.com
3 September 2007
  • Summary: I bought this lens by mistake. I needed a wide lens for a holiday in Morocco and I wanted a Sigma 10-20 for my Nikon D200. Since I was about to leave, and the dealer only had this one available, I decided to go for it. At first I was disappointed because of soft edges.
  • Pros: image quality
  • Cons: limited zoom range, focus speed
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Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by griggsjl

griggsjl, slrgear.com
24 February 2007
  • Summary: Not sure if I am too picky or not but I have been disappointed with the results of this lens so far. I have to shoot at f/8 but no smaller than f/11 and it helps if you zoom closer than the widest setting of 11mm. Construction quality seems to be excellent and focus speed is adequate.
  • Pros: Nice feel and handles well. Seems to focus fastbut then it doesn't need to focus much at 11mm
  • Cons: Not very sharp around the edges especially at 11mm regardless of f/stop. Had I seen the tests I would have bought something else. OK lens but not pro quality unless you zoom to about 13mm and keep the f-stop between 8 and 11
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Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by SteveR12682

SteveR12682, slrgear.com
30 December 2006
  • Summary: This lens is a good ultra-wide angle lens but not a great lens. Image quality is good, but gets a little soft on the edges. Build quality is adequate. Other lenses like the Sigma 10-20 may be slightly better in these areas if you get a good copy.
  • Pros: Light weight
  • Cons: Edge sharpness
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Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by leprechaun

leprechaun, slrgear.com
24 December 2006
  • Summary: Okay, this lens is built out of plastic, but these days many are. The fit and finish are good, and operation is smooth. The construction makes it light to carry on and off the camera and makes it easy to orient the horizon on landscapes or sight lines within a room.
  • Pros: Good wide angle range, light and well balaced
  • Cons: Okay, this lens is built out of plastic, but these days many are. The fit and finish are good, and operation is smooth. The construction makes it light to carry on and off the camera and makes it easy to orient the horizon on landscapes or sight lines within a room.
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0

User Review

zephxiii, Photography Review
14 May 2006
  • Summary: First off, this lens is not 980 dollars, lol. I paid $630 overnight shipping july of 05. As of 5-06, its $550 at Bhphotovideo.com, BIG DIFFERENCE!. This lens is pretty good. Great color, contrast, and sharpness. It does get a little soft in the corners, not so bad stopped down a little.
  • Pros: Center sharpness, great color, great contrast, not too heavy. Comes with a lens hood. Good weight.
  • Cons: slower louder AF motor (not as big of a deal on something this wide). Can suffer from CA, corners a lil soft, but kinda expected with something like this. Only for crop cameras (not full frame). It may seem a lil cheap to some.
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Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by ggriffith

ggriffith, slrgear.com
19 October 2005
  • Summary: I've been very pleased with this lens. I usually stick with first party gear, but after borrowing a friend's 11-18 I was convinced and bought my own! This is a VERY fun lens! There are your usual tools that you'll use a lot but when you really want to get creative...Get Wide!
  • Pros: VERY WIDE, Great Price!
  • Cons: Some vignetting if on a pro body, but this can be dealt with
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0

Fa il suo dovere..

alegonza, Ciao
12 November 2014
  • Summary: Pro: Buona resa, soprattutto al centro. Colori reali, leggero, af veloce, attacco in metallo. Sarà anche "plasticoso", ma è una bella plastica. Contro: Non molto luminoso. Af un po' impreciso sui fondi scuri, leggermente rumoroso. Opinione: Da dilettante posso esprimere opinioni non certo tecniche.
  • Pros: AF veloce
  • Cons: Luminosità
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