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Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Super Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera

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  • DT lens design for optimum performance
  • Delivers excellent wide-angle and long telephoto shots
  • Aspherical lens elements for wide-angle accuracy
  • ED glass elements for sharp, accurate colors
  • 35mm Equivalent: 16.5 to 27mm

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SAL1118
  • Maximum Aperature Range: F4.5 - F5.6
  • Minimum focal length: 11 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 18 mm
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Lens Zoom lens Prime lens Zoom lens Zoom lens
Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility APS-C / DX 35mm FF APS-C / DX APS-C / DX
Maximum Aperture Range F4.5 - F5.6 F2.8 F3.5 - F5.6 F4.0
Min Aperture 29 22 36 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 77 millimeters Information not Provided 62 millimeters 62 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.25 meters 0.2 meters 0.4 meters 0.25 meters
Item Weight 0.79 pounds 0.88 pounds 1.04 pounds 0.5 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.3 x 3.3 inches ; 12.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000DZH7JO
  • Item model number: SAL1118
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 29, 2006

Product Description

Product Description


With the capability to focus quickly and zoom from super wide angle to wide angle, the SAL-1118 zoom lens captures interior scenes with greater flexibility and handles fast action in close environments. Its DT design is ideally suited for the APS-size CCD imager of your α (alpha) DSLR camera. And its 35mm-equivalent zoom range of 16.5mm to 27mm gives you wide latitude in framing and composition.

FEATURES:
  • Internal Focusing System - Lens elements at the rear of the optical system move, allowing rapid auto-focus response.
  • Aspherical Lens Elements - Aspherical elements correct frame distortion to provide more visually accurate super-wide-angle shots.
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass - ED Glass lenses minimize flare and greatly reduce chromatic aberration, giving you photos with sharper focus and more accurate color separation.
  • Circular Aperture - In low-light shots or nightscapes, out-of-focus light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES:
  • Front and rear lens cap
  • SH0009 petal lens hood

From the Manufacturer

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DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 Wide Zoom Lens

This wide zoom lens offers a range of focal lengths that are indispensable for serious indoor and architectural photography as well as any other situation that demands wide-angle coverage. City scenes, crowded markets, historical ruins . . . all of these are subjects that can benefit from the wide perspectives this lens provides.

DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 Wide Zoom Lens

Technology

Circular Aperture
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
Aspherical lens elements

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass

As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.

Aspherical lens elements

Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.

Distance encoder

Distance encoder

The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.

Additional Features

Internal focusing

Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.

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Customer Reviews

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This lens produces consistently high quality images.
George Sarant
A must have if you like traveling, scenic or creative pictures, without matter how much you know about photography.
Dan
The distortions which are inherent in its use are easily corrected with Photoshop.
Lee P. Neuwirth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Paul on September 15, 2008
I read many user reviews and some "official" ones about the Sony 11-18mm lens, many of which were negative. Despite these reviews, I went ahead and bought the lens (through Amazon.com). I have had it for a few weeks now, have taken several hundred pictures with it, and I really love the results. It produces sharp images in my opinion and the super wide angle pictures are awesome. To me, it is well built. Whoever is reading this review, stop reading it, stop reading "official" lens ratings and resolution test results on the Sony 11-18mm super wide angle zoom lens and go get one, and you will not be disappointed. Note: I have been a photo hobbyist since 1968 and have owned and used many 35mm cameras, developed my own slides etc. I went digital about 5 years ago and have no plans of going back to film. I have owned the Sony A100 DSLR for less than a year and love it. It has tons of features that I like and use. The Sony 11-18mm super wide is a great addition to my digital photographic system.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By N. Hyland on February 3, 2008
Great lens. Be aware that it is a DT lens and therefore will only work on APS-C sensors. Basically, if you are never going to shoot old Minolta 35mm SLRs or the upcoming A900 body ($2500+ probably), don't worry about it.

Best Buy had this on sale, free shipping, for $400 early Feb. 2008.
So look for that number or lower on this lens for best price.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Avedon if only on October 17, 2007
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After buying an A-100 Sony I discovered just how exceptional the Sony 18mm-200mm lens is. I still have all my Minolta AF lenses, which was a reason to buy the A-100, but in fact I very rarely get them out of their cases. The 18-200 is very sharp to edge of frame at both ends of the zoom range, has very good colour rendition and contrast, has no barrel distortion or pincushioning and zooms smoothly. I travel all over the world with this camera and lens combination and have found I need nothing else.

However, when I saw the Sony 11mm/18mm wide angle zoom lens passing through Frankfurt airport, I thought it might be useful for the rare occasions when the 18mm is not quite wide enough. Fortunately I waited to buy until I returned to the US, where it cost 50% of the price in Euros. This is another exceptional lens, with quite astonishing performance. As with any super wide angle lens, there is a risk of distortion on straight vertical lines, but far less than I'd expected. The 11mm/18mm is now in my travel kit. It's great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee P. Neuwirth on February 1, 2010
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I am a non-professional serious hobbyist. This lens is great fun! It produces eye-popping photos, and even its presence on the camera suggests many pictures that might be taken. Foe example it allows full views of buildings from a position close enough to avoid obstructions. The distortions which are inherent in its use are easily corrected with Photoshop. I couldn't be more pleased with this lens.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Olivier Douin on February 20, 2008
For a while, I thought that the 18mm of my Sony 18-250 (that I rated 5 stars too) were enough.
Then I decided to give a try to the ultra wide angle. Now, I have to admit I love it very much. The couple Alpha 700/Sony 11-18 is very fast. The pictures are sharp, the color are rather accurate (I get what I see) and there is no barrel distortion (depending how you compose the picture, of course).
My idea was to carry only one camera with a "standard" lens (18-250) and bring others lenses according to my needs. Well, I am afraid I got two "standard" lenses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deathmirage on June 6, 2012
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I bought this lens used from 'Mr Haney's Emporium' at a good price. It arrived quickly and in great condition. Saved me several hundred dollars over a new one and it works just as good as a new one.

The lens itself takes wonderful pictures with my Sony A77.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Sarant on June 11, 2009
This lens produces consistently high quality images. The question you have to ask is whether you really need to spend $599 or so to get an 11-18 mm range if you already have the 18-250 lens. Apart from the expense it performs well, but I have to say I'm not getting all that much use out of it given the limited range and find myself switching to it only occasionally. You're going to have to spring for a monster size filter for this as well. So it really comes down to how often you are going to use it. That said, quality-wise it is as good as you can get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Stout on November 17, 2011
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On the whole, I am pleased with this lens. It is far from perfect -- the build quality is just OK, f/4.5-5.6 is pretty slow, etc., etc. -- but it produces sharp, distortion free, pictures and that is what matters most to me. I like it because it overlaps nicely with my 18-55mm kit lens and because it fits my limited budget.
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