Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF)

Last updated (26 July’10):
- Review by Whatdigitalcamera

The Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) features 11-18mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6. The lens construction has 15 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 103 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.25m (9.8″) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) lens weighs 355g (12.5oz.) and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 3.1 inches long.

Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF)
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) Reviews

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“Tamron’s sample shots are more than adequate, though there are plenty of examples of chromatic aberration, especially in the corners of the frame at 11mm. Similarly image sharpness falls off at the corners, though contrast is generally good. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

Bobatkins reviews the Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“Image quality varies little with focal length and sharpness wide open is almost as good as sharpness when stopped down. Some chromatic aberration is visible at the edge of the image at all focal lengths and it’s slightly stronger as the lens is zoomed to shorter focal lengths.”
rating: N/A

Photoreview reviews the Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“..Not unexpectedly, resolution was at its best with the 13mm and 15mm focal length settings and at an aperture of f8 or f11. However, the extremes of both the focal length and aperture ranges were close enough to the median readings for users to be confident in the overall excellent performance of this lens. “
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SLRGear reviews the Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“At 11-15mm, best overall sharpness occurs between f/8 and f/11, while at 18mm, the best sharpness is found at f/8. Particularly when stopped down, center sharpness is excellent across the board…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikonians reviews the Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“We observed very good contrast in our images with the Tamron at all apertures and focal lengths and good color rendition. Performance at 12mm was a mixed bag. Wide open, the lens was very good in the center…”
rating: N/A

Luminous-landscape reviews the Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“If you’re looking for an ultra-wide zoom for your 1.5x or 1.6x lens factor DSLR then I can recommend the Tamron SP 11-18 f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD to you. The price is attractive and the lens is capable of producing high quality images..”
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Kenrockwell reviews the Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“The Tamron 11 – 18 has barrel distortion at the wide end. It lessens as you zoom in. It’s easy to correct because it has a very simple first order shape. I’m impressed by the easy to correct distortion, however with the highest price, slowest speed, dinkiest construction and smallest zoom range this Tamron would be my last choice among the three off-brands.”
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Photo.net reviews the Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“Focus speed is pretty good. It takes the Tamron SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) around 0.5 seconds to go from infinity to 0.25m. Focusing isn’t silent but it’s not really noisy and certainly not a problem. Overall the Tamron SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) shows good performance. Sharpness is consistant across all apertures and focal lengths, flare is very well controlled and vignetting is very slight. “
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) and writes;
“The vignetting characteristic of the Tamron is pretty good for an APS-C ultra-wide lens with a light falloffs of less than 1EV at wide-open aperture. One stop down the issue is already well controlled..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

User Opinions

Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) User Reviews

Wonderful but for Special Occasions | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is not a lens you will use often but when the situation demands it, you can get great photos in a narrow space. I can’t imagine a Nikon lens would do any better. My pictures have been sharp with no distortion.” – by John Greenspan

Pretty Nice Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I’ve been using the lens for about 2 years now and like it pretty well. The lens also suffers from some minor fisheye distortion in the 11 – 13 range, but it is easily remedied in the digital darkroom. It has less distortion in the 14 – 18 range than my Nikkor 18 – 70 does at 18. It is not a good choice for people photography. I consider it a good value for the money.” – by Captain Camera

Least expensive good quality WIDE angle lens for D90 | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is the second Wide angle lens I own (first one was Nikon 12-24mm f4). Built quality is different, Nikon has a better quality build and a internal focusing motor, Tamron has no focusing motor inside the lens (camera body has to have a focusing pin) and it its zoom and focus rings are looser (I have purchased it used, no electronics=used is good).” – by FOTO MAN

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Manual

Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) User Manual

- Download Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) User Manual (PDF – 442kb)

Features & Specifications

Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) Specifications

Di II: Lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers and inherit all of the benefits of our Di products. These lenses are not designed for conventional cameras and digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.

This super wide-angle zoom lens, designed for exclusive use with digital SLR cameras using a sensor smaller than full frame, provides the extended focal length covering 17mm (when converted to 35mm format) that is desired by today’s advanced and pro photographers using digital SLRs. The lens features an entirely new optical system designed for optimal performance with digital SLR cameras.


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