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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|Item Dimensions||4.8 x 5.4 x 5.9 inches|
|Minimum Focal Length||11 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
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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.
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)
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.
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.Read more ›
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I'm not an expert but I was advised by an expert who suggested this lens.
It is great for my purposes!
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