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Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

by Tamron

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  • 0.25m (9.8 inch) Minimum Focus Distance
  • Filter Diameter - 77
  • Diameter x Length - 83.2mm x 78.6mm (3.3 x 3.1 inch)
  • Weight - 355 grams (12.5 ounces)
  • Accessory Flower shaped lens hood
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Tamron
  • Model: AF13C-700
  • Lens Type: wide-angle

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.4 x 4.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007WK8NU
  • Item model number: AF13C-700
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 24, 2005

Product Description

This super wide-angle zoom lens is designed for exclusive use with digital SLR cameras using a sensor smaller than full-size format. The lens provides an extended focal length of 17mm (when converted to full-size format), the desired length for today's most advanced, professional photographers using digital SLRs. The lens features a completely new optical system designed for optimal performance with digital SLR cameras. An element of both HID (High Index High Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass are used to minimize on-axis and lateral chromatic aberrations. In addition, one high precision, large clear aperture, glass-molded aspherical element and two hybrid aspherical elements are used to compensate for spherical and chromatic aberrations and distortion, to achieve outstanding optical quality.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Conti on November 10, 2006
I did a lot of research prior to buying this lens....comparing it to other wide angles etc. It got good ratings and I agree. I use it with my Canon 20D and it performs well. Pics are clean with no major noticable abberations. You can get a somewhat cool "fisheye" effect at the low end without having to buy an expensive fisheye lens. Use a lens hood because there is the potential for a lot of flare typical for this lens class. For the pro-sumer like me....it does the job at a lower price than it's competitors. Amazon was fine.....best price with no problems with shipping etc/.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Kohn on February 1, 2008
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I'm not sure how I would rate the value if I had to pay the normal retail price for this lens, but I got a used one for $350 and I consider it a terrific value. Get consistently good shots with it, even at 11mm using a polarizer -- much less vignetting than I expected. The lens is really small and light for something of this sort.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B-Rell on August 10, 2009
While vacationing in San Fransisco, I realized that I needed a wide angle lens pretty desperately.

I checked at four or five touristy camera shops (they all seemed kind of shady - the kind that want you to only pay cash). Finally, I found a shop near the fishermans wharf that had a tamron lens (everyone else only had sigma). I took the plunge and bought it for $529 thinking that I was probably over spending by a hundred bucks or so. (Turns out I got a pretty good deal)

Over the next 8 days the lens worked flawlessly! Wide enough to capture what I wanted: Alcatraz, the redwood forest, the golden gate and bay area bridges as well as the city skyline and wharf. I shot over 3,000 images, 1/2 to 2/3 of them with this lens. Every one of them was sharp. There is a slight fisheye effect (barrel distortion) at the 11mm end - but that was expected. The autofocus was as fast as any lens I own. You could buy a better lens but it would cost alot (alot, alot, alot) more than this great lens!

I would recommend this lens for consideration to anyone looking for a wide angle lens. I would also recommend a haze or uv filter - as the lens is so large at the end that it can catch alot more debris and dust than a normal lens. Also, use the lens hood - it saved my lens from a couple of dings and scrapes ( It also helped with solar flare but I had to use my hand frequently to block the sun - that's why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Rauwolf on August 26, 2008
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. There seems to be a lot of contrast, making it hard to get the right exposure - pictures tend to be very overexposed and underexposed in a single shot. These problems can be remedied with software, and the ability to do what it does makes up for the disadvantages somewhat, but you do notice the quality difference.

All in all, I like using the lens. I'm glad I have it because of what I can do with it. Make no mistake, the quality isn't as good as my Canon lens, and if I had a higher budget, I might try something else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas H. Hunter on May 21, 2013
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. As you might guess the distortion is different at each focal length, with 11mm being significantly worse than 13mm. On the positive side the lens has significantly less color shifting / distortion than other lenses in the lower price bracket. I like the lens for its price, and with some post work the distortions are minimized. This is a fine inexpensive lens for a recreational photographer but its not a pro lens and any claims to the contrary should be ignored.
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