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.
Summary: I have been shooting for a few years, mainly car rolling shots and real estate. I used this lens for all my interior shooting. It shoot quiet wide...could work on its sharpness but its nothing photoshop cant fix. Its a great lens for the price.. It got stolen so im ordering it again!
Summary: Great lens for expedition when weight is an important issue. The focal lenght is great for landscape and particularly for groups; you can show people in the context creating a sense of intimacy when you shoot very close to your subjects. Distortion is good compared to similar lenses. The big problem about this lens is that edge sharpness is visible worst compared to center sharpness at most f/ stops, creating a general lack of sharpness impression.
Summary: This is a very good lens. But it can complement it well if u have a good efficient camera body,(5d, Mark 3, 40D, 400d). You could use it on a full frame body as well. As long as u keep ur focal length between 16mm & 18mm. On a full frame 11mm gives u freaky interesting pictures. The lens being a F4.5\5.6 needs an ISO push. Its a sharp stable lens, iv used it in heavy rain and dusty conditions, delivers well & very sharp.
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