Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di II LD
Showing 1-5 of 5
A very good lens but limited zoom range
23 December 2010
Summary: I have gotten excellent results from this lens and the only issue is the limited range of 11-18. Eventually I bought Tamron's 10-24/3.5-4.5 lens and I've had no regrets as the results with the 10-24 are excellent. The 11-18 necessitated too many lens changes. If your shooting includes a high proportion of shots in the 11-18 range OR you only have very occasional use for this lens, it will be a great investment.
So-so performance from an (relatively) expensive lens
29 October 2008
Summary: I've been playing with this lens attached to my EOS 400D for couple of weeks now and I'm affraid it's not living up to my expectations, or it's relatively high price. Out of all the third party contenders (Tamron, Sigma & Tokina), this one is the most expensive, about $100 more than Tokina, yet it has the most limited zoom range, but most importantly, it's way too soft. Maybe I just have a bad copy, but in that case, for the price the QC should be better.
Summary: Pros: It's really cool what you can do with this lens. The special effects at close range are very intriguing, and for capturing landscapes, home interiors, etc. it really does the job well. For that reason, it's very handy to have. Cons: On my Canon 30D, the lens is not quite as sharp as my kit lens (28-135mm). It's not bad, especially on a tripod, but it could be better. I also get some purple fringes on back-lit edges.
Summary: I've had the lens for a month now and have shot about 2,000 frames with it for architectural interior work. The lens has significant optical distortion, its sharpness is pretty good, and at f4.5 it's very slow. I use DXO Optics pro's profile for the lens to fix the distortion in post. The DXO profile is very good but not perfect so some manual tweaking is necessary.
Summary: I've had this lens for about 3 years and have ended up using it MUCH more than I thought I ever would. It's a fun range to play around with and create some visual interest, especially in all the small environments I seem to find myself in. The good thing about this lens is it's much cheaper than buying something like the 14-24 2.8 Nikkor, but you can certainly tell. The build feels very 'plasticky' because it is, though this makes it very light.