Reviews and Problems with 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
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. you'll get rather soft corners wide open, but it's great at f/8 - f/11 (that's what you need for landscape). AF speed is on the slow side, but it's never been a problem if you're shooting stills.
Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by roaniecowpony
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 my D300. In comparing this lens to the Tokina, I found the Tamron had a much lower contrast and lower color saturation level. It also had a sort of warm color cast to it.
Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by EF-S10-22
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. The lens is a bit sharper than my Sigma 12-24 , but a bit less sharp than the Sigma 10-20 at center , though at borders and edges the Tamorn beats these 2 Sigmas.
Pros: light , compact, excellent color and contrast , very good resolution
Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by lor
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. What I found out is that edges are good indeed, they just look soft because of high levels of chromatic aberration.
Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by griggsjl
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. It seems that people would buy this lens for the 11mm setting so Tamron should concentrate on making it sharp at 11mm.
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
Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by SteveR12682
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.
Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by leprechaun
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. It goes wider than a 12-24mm and doesn't give me a big overlap in focal lenth with other lenses. Most of us have 18-24mm covered. This is al ens I can pick when I know the kit lens won't do.
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.
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. Also can suffer from a little CA in extreme situations, but its ok. It is pretty good overall, I get awesome results from it.
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.
Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF SP AF review by ggriffith
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! I've had a blast using this lens and for the price you can't go wrong. Much easier to fit than Nikon's $1200 14mm or Canon's 15mm!
Pros: VERY WIDE, Great Price!
Cons: Some vignetting if on a pro body, but this can be dealt with