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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

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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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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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.9 x 5.4 x 4.8 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.3 pounds
ASIN B0007WK8NU
Item model number AF013N700-C
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4.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,687 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
#60,811 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com February 24, 2005

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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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This lens sits on my camera for architectural work all the time - get yourself a good spirit level, distortion if the camera isn't leveled is spectacular, but that's the angle, not the lens.

I'm very happy with the product - it's responsible for about half the photos on <...>

Just one word of warning - dust. It's very dust prone in its interiors. When removing it, set it to 11mm closing the rear assembly.
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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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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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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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On the used market this lens seems to be lower priced than the Sigma 10-20mm.I got mine for $275, unable to find the Sigma for less than $350-400, or for that matter the much praised Tokinas, either 12-24mm or 11-16mm. So it all depends on how much you paid for it.

There are plenty of exacting tests and professional reviews of this group of lenses, to include Canon's own 10-22mm. For my 'real world' experience, the Tamron is good enough, focusing fast and positively (albeit not completely silently). Definition is also good, quite similar to my Tokina 16-28mm, unless you are looking side by side at 100% (actual pixels). It has some distortions, easy to correct on stills and in PS, not that noticeable in videos for which usage i bought it. In 1080 HD, I doubt one can see the difference with the Tokina.

On APSC, the lens is obviously wider than the Tokina 16-28mm. You can also use it on a full frame without vignetting at around 15-16mm and all the way to...18mm. It is small, light but construction is wobbly,'kit lens' like and I guess care must be exercised, not the kind of 'pro' lens you can use as a defensive weapon if need be. i use it for videos to complement a Canon 18-135mm so no complaint here. I am actually surprised by the convenience and the quality in that under $300 price range.

If I had $500 or more to spend, I would go for something else but I am very pleased with the results within my budget. I can also use it as a 16mm on my 5D Mkii and the full range on a Sony Nex (with the appropriate adapter). It's a good buy and with plenty of light, ar F8 or F11, it performs as fine as my Tokina 16-28mm. Nothing sexy and plain Jane indeed but does the job.

I'll post an update comparing it with the Sony 16mm + wide angle converter combo on Nex5.
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