Sony AF DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 D A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11515 date: Dec-2-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35mm f2 Babybeercan
Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro Beercan
Minolta 50mm f1.7 Beercan
Minolta 50mm f/1.4 Beercan
Minolta 75-300mm f4,5-5,6 Beercan
Tamron SP 90 Macro
Minolta 28-135 f4.0-4.5 Beercan
Sony kitlens 18-70
price paid:300 euro
positive:Decent sharpness, even wide-open
Distortion very well controlled for an ultra-wide
True ultra-wide for APS/C even usable on FF (with some vignetting, super wide angle ! !
Good bokeh, a nice lens for landscapes and architecture....
Good colours (Minolta?) & saturation
Very sharp from wide open
Surprising good flare control.
AF works fast & well.
circular aperture
Metal mount

negative:small zoom range ?
comment:I bought this used about a year ago on Ebay.
It's a buzz using this super wide lens with its great DOF and surprising sharpness.
Superb in tight spaces and distortion free for architectural use. So it's a nice lens for landscapes and architecture. Landscapes with a crisp CU under the nose of the lens - so easy.
A very nice wide tele. Very nice indoor use.
Sharpness and contrast is excellent and the build quality is very good.
No wobbly lens barrel and focus is smooth.
I tested this lens a lot.
This lens is currently the best option for all Sony users.
All the ultra wide angles lenses have excellent sharpness in the centre. This copy stays surprisingly sharp even at the edges, if you stop down a bit.
Distortion is extremely low for such an ultra wide angle. There is no visible vignetting unless used on an FF.


I recommend this lens for amazing landscape shots, funny portraits and dramatic architecture.
It's worth every cent I paid for it.
Great ultrawide lens.




reviewer#11504 date: Nov-27-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 17-70
price paid:300 € used
positive:UWA
negative:Very limited zoom (only x1.6)
comment:I use it at 11 mm about 80% of all time, as zoom is very limited, and usually you have to bring other lens along.
reviewer#9315 date: Aug-9-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SAL 18-70 mm kit lens
price paid:850 USD (new)
positive:- Sharpness
- Color rendition
negative:- Feels a little plasticy
comment:It's a great lens that I intend to use on landscape photography.
Compared to the kit lens on the 18 mm end the difference is huge.

EDIT: I have tried this lens on a Maxxum 7000 film camera, and I can confirm that it still can be used on full-frame above ~14mm.
reviewer#9313 date: Aug-8-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:tokina 11-16
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp from wide open
Colours good
negative:flare
comment:this lens have good color, n distortion control for super wide lens
reviewer#9270 date: Jul-27-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 15-30
Minolta & Sony kit lenses
price paid:350 GBP (used)
positive:Sharpness
Very good colour and contrasr
Build very good - solid feel
Distortion well controlled.
negative:Hood - awkward to fit
Hood - not fully effective
Price
Relatively slow max aperture
comment:Sharp at maximum aperture throughout the focal length range.

Very well built compared to other Sony lenses I have owned.

I had the option of buying the Tamron 10-24 or this lens.
The 10-24 would have fitted the bill in my line up but now have to fill 19-24(?). The reviews of the Tamron left me unsure, whereas this lens appeared to be a more competent performer. It certainly betters my expectations.

PS. The lens produces excellent and very sharp close-up shots
reviewer#8475 date: Jan-4-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:N/A
price paid:325 GBP new
positive:Sharp, good colour rendition.
negative:nothing I'd grumble about!
comment:Tested on a Sony Alpha 350, I found this lens produced sharp results with excellent colour rendition. Still life, indoors, no flash. As others have noted there is slight vignetting wide open but it isn't really a problem.

Produces some interesting distortion when used for portraits at the short end!

I haven't noticed much flare with this lens, hence the fairly high mark, likewise the distortion mark is fairly high. The portrait distortion mentioned above was to be expected; my fault not the lens.

Overall, a good buy.
reviewer#7272 date: Apr-10-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 18-70mm DT
Sony 24-105mm
price paid:249 GBP (new)
positive:Relatively low distortion.
Reasonably sharp (with care)
negative:On KM5D focus was unreliable.
Exposure control.
Learning curve.
comment:I bought this on a whim when Argos had a sale on them. Initially I was somehwat disappointed with it. I never trusted this lens on my KM5D. It tended to underexpose and the focus never seemed consistent. However, no such problems with the A700. Though you still have to check the exposure more carefully due to the field of view.

Biggest problem with this lens isn't IMHO the lens itself but the general characteristics of the focal range. For me at least controlling the edges of the scene and dealing with moving subjects have been the two biggest challenges. The upside IMHO is the ability to create a different view of a situation or carve out the subject by getting in close. But it takes effort to get it right.

Distortion hasn't been a problem if you you deal with it via the composition, whether the intention is to leave it as is or try to correct it.
reviewer#7066 date: Mar-12-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp, easy to focus. Lightweight wide angle.
negative:Not a constant stop lens. It distorts at the widest setting. Flares
comment:I like this lens a lot. It goes with me everywhere I go. I got mine with the super thin Zeiss UV filter. It does distort at the 11MM range a little. The Tokina that I was able to play around with on my buddies Nikon doesn't as much. The Tokina is also a constant stop :(
It does do well in low light. I used it Hand-held at a zoo in Japan recently. I was able to get great shoots of the animals with this lens.
I have found that the lens will flare with the very least bit of sunlight in the shoot. The hood kinda helps, also a polarized filter will help. It will still flare when the sun in anywhere near the shoot.
I will keep this lens in my kit till the Tokina is released then I will sell it. For now its a great lens and it goes with me everywhere.
Just my .02 on this lens.
reviewer#6699 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit lens
Zeiss 16-80
price paid:619$ C (new)
positive:Pretty sharp
Nice colors
Not that much distortion wide open
negative:Will only work with APS-C
A bit of flare here and there
comment:A good choice for urban photography where space is limited and the subject is big. Pretty good outdoor lens too for shots where you can manage to contol flare.
reviewer#6630 date: Dec-24-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ16-80
price paid:690.00
positive:Colors
Sharpness
Fast focusing
Light
negative:
missing
comment:Should have bought this lens long ago.
reviewer#6303 date: Oct-31-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sigma 50mm F1.4, minolta 28-80
price paid:€500 (new)
positive:-pretty fast focus
-I like the distortion (something you'd expect from this kind of lens)
-beautiful colours!
-circular aperture
negative:-small zoom range
-DT lens
comment:Nice lens, i found it an absolute must to have in my lens kit.
Only the zoom range (11-18) could be larger, and if you have plans tu upgrade to full-frame later you'd better buy the Sigma 12-24.
reviewer#6129 date: Sep-27-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24mm f2.8
price paid:$550.00 USD new
positive:Monster wide on APS-C sensor. Reasonable colors. Fairly low distortion given the angle of view. No vignette stopped down with a normal filter
negative:Huge filter size. slow maximum aperture and variable aperture. Learning curve to get good photo's. Very wide lens hood is hard to store.
comment:Purchased mine as an open box item. had been in the showcase for more than 2 years and never touched.

Fun lens for special use since it's so wide. I think some of the reported exposure issues with this lens may be due to the vast size of the image and uneven lighting in the image areas. I downgraded the image sharpness and build grades a bit as I haven't really had time to take any serious photo's with this lens and initial test photo's seem very slightly soft and the Sony rubber ribbing is a dust magnet. Not the best choice for indoor use as it is a slow aperture lens.

Overall a fun special use lens that if gotten below the regular retail makes a nice addition to an ASP-C kit

Edit, I'm happy with this lens. Took it out on a day trip and sharpness is decent. I upgraded sharpness a bit but I still think build could be better
reviewer#6109 date: Sep-23-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:none
price paid:450 USD (used)
positive:good center sharpness
low distortion
negative:the price new
comment:I hesitated to buy this lens based on the average-to-poor reviews at a variety of web sites. However, after using it for 2 weeks straight in landscape photography, I'm pleased with the images I got. In real-life images, I just don't see the problems that were attributed to it. If you can get this lens for less than $500US, I'd say go for it. It complements the 16-105mm lens very nicely.
reviewer#5854 date: Aug-14-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:* Sony 18-70mm (kit)
* Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DG
price paid:
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positive:* True ultra-wide for APS/C
* Sharp stopped down, good corner sharpness at 18mm
* Distortion well controlled considering the zoom length
negative:* Zoom range is more limited than Sigma/Tamron ultrawides
* Slightly soft wide open, especially corners at 11mm
* CA, especially at 11mm
* MSRP way too high - the Tamron or KM branded versions were cheaper
comment:This is the widest lens I own, and I can only compare it to others at 18mm. At that length it's possibly sharper than the kit lens and probably softer than the Sigma at the same aperture. It seems to get sharper stopped down to f/8, but on my A200 the difference is minimal and I feel fine using it wide open. You might feel differently on a better body, though.

Looking at my architectural photos, I have noticed that this lens can exhibit some substantial cyan fringing in high contrast areas, especially away from center on the wide end. Stopping down seems to help, but you might need to fix this in PP when making a large print.

My copy didn't come with a hood, and flare can be problematic. I ended up buying the Sony OEM hood, and it works well without causing vignetting for me. In fact, this lens has vignetting generally well controlled (although a thick filter can impede on the corners - see my images in the sample thread).

A lot of my shots with this lens are underexposed, but I attribute that to the metering system having to deal with so much sky.

Barrel distortion is fairly well controlled at 18mm, but gets more pronounced as you go wide. It's nothing to complain about considering how wide this lens is.

I find it a great complement to full-frame zooms that lose their wide end on APS/C. Having gotten it second hand I love it, but I question its very high MSRP - I never would have paid $700! As I understand it, this was originally a Tamron lens rebranded as Konica Minolta and then rebranded again as Sony, so you might try looking for the other versions to save some money.
reviewer#5659 date: Jul-7-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta maxxum 50 1.7, Sony alpha 18- 70 DT, Minolta 24- 105 D
price paid:$675USD
positive:sharpness, distortion control, weight, nice zoom range
negative:flare, some times under exposes, CA, zoom range could be longer
comment:This lens is a charm to use. Super wide and will definitely produce good results. Nice colors compared to the kit lens. If you have a kit lens and need more wide angle, this is the real bet. So far, i liked every thing about the lens. It handles very well. Barrel distortion is very well controlled. I can Recommend this lens to any Sony/ minolta APS-c sensor DSLR cameras.
reviewer#5189 date: Apr-8-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:Ł324
positive:Very wide and very clear. fastastic colours and good af speed also very smooth in manual mode
negative:Could be wider & costs more than its Tamron twin. as with all sony lenses the grip is a dirt magnet.
comment:I realy like this lens its light and gives very good colours plus its very sharp.
reviewer#4923 date: Feb-27-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:never owned a lens this wide so 28mm Minolta on film is about the closest I can compare to that I've owned.
price paid:$250 USD used
positive:color
Sharpness
negative:hood sometimes shows up @ 11mm in pictures
comment:I bought this used about a year ago with a flash from some poor guy who switched to another brand. After much bargaining I only paid $250 for it and it was like new! I never really used it until a couple of months ago, but once I did I was in love! You can get some very interesting shots with this lens! My copy is as sharp as can be, classic Minolta colors seem to be carried over to this lens from Sony. The only thing I can say bad about this lens is at 11mm the hood shows up in 2 of the corners, but for some reason if you screw it on 180 degrees it disappears. I never seem to pay attention to how it goes on as I'm always in a rush when trying to capture a shot. But i guess there is a wrong way on this lens. Something I've never seen before on a lens I owned. then again I never owned a lens this wide before. Distortion is present on the wide end But It's subtle and I like it. not quite fisheye but still gives a interesting look to it.Flare is present in direct light but nothing to complain about on my copy Photo shop fixes it with ease. If you need a wide lens I see no reason to look elsewhere
reviewer#4498 date: Dec-9-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:tamron 11-18
price paid:950 SGD
positive:sharp
solid build
lighter then tamron clone
negative:-0.7 under exposure
comment:well, other then the underexposure, nothing much to say :D
reviewer#4384 date: Nov-15-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 kit
price paid:600 USD (new)
positive:- Distortion well controlled for an ultra-wide
- Sharp
- Light
negative:- Prone to flare
- Sony's grips are dust and dirt magnets
- Pricey compared to Tamron clone
- Build quality not the best
comment:A nice lens for landscapes and architecture. Takes some getting used to as is the case with all ultra-wides. Has provided me with some nice results. Recommended but you might want to wait for the Tamron replacement 10-24.
reviewer#4334 date: Nov-6-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 10-20
Sigma 24
price paid:560
positive:+ nice focal length
negative:- slow AF
- colors are muted
- not sharp
comment:Gave this lens away after getting the Sigma 10-20.

On my A100 the AF was painfully slow. On my A700 it was acceptable.

Image quality was usually 'OK at best'. When compared to my Sigma 10-20 there is nothing this lens can keep up with. Oh I take that back...the Sigma doesn't report the correct EXIF for lens model.
reviewer#4055 date: Sep-5-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:T 18-250
Sal 70-200 G
price paid:1200 USD (new)
positive:Wide
Solid
negative:Slow
Not always sharp/spot on
Price
comment:A very nice wide tele. Very nice indoor use (if you can find the light since it is slow..). Rather solid built. Gives you nice indoor pictures. But I probably wouldn't have paid the price today..
reviewer#4045 date: Sep-5-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm f1,4; Sony 100mm f2.8 macro, Beercan, Sigma 10-20
price paid:630$ (new)
positive:Sharp! Never seen a wide angle so sharp! Nice Minolta colors. Fast AF on my A700
negative:none
comment:Amazing lens! I love it. It's a great super wide angle, very sharp, great colors, fast AF.
reviewer#4044 date: Sep-5-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm f1,4; Sony 100mm f2.8 macro, Beercan, Sigma 10-20
price paid:630$ (new)
positive:Sharp! Never seen a wide angle so sharp! Nice Minolta colors. Fast AF on my A700
negative:none
comment:Amazing lens! I love it. It's a great super wide angle, very sharp, great colors, fast AF.
reviewer#4011 date: Aug-28-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-70 f2.8, Tamron 17-50 f2.8, KM 50 f1,4
price paid:500 euro (new)
positive:Sharp, great colors, light weight, AF is quite fast on my A350
negative:nothing
comment:This lens is a great super wide angle zoom!
It's not a lens for biginners (some times you have to control the exposure), but when you begin to get the right feeling with this lens, the results are great.
reviewer#3868 date: Jul-20-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-200
Sony 50 F1.4
Beercan
Minolta 70-210 F3.5-4.5
price paid:400 Euro
positive:Reasonably small and light
This is wide
Very sharp from wide open
negative:Very slow!
comment:This is a very nice lens to pack in the bag for days when the sky is interesting or the subjects are appropriate for the wide angle. It is difficult to use indoors with AF because it is so slow. With a good bounce flash the result indoor can be pleasing as it is very sharp and precise focus is not required. (the hyperfocal to infinity at 11 mm wide open is just over 5 ft away)

I would probably exchange it for a 11 mm F2.8 if one existed for about the same price... But the zoom is useful and prevents changing lens too often. It's a great match with my other Sony lens.

reviewer#3567 date: May-8-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 2
flare control: 3
overall: 3.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$500 USD (displayed)
positive:great wide angel
negative:not much
comment:great lens to use.

got it from Bestbuy for $500 (displayed)
reviewer#3345 date: Mar-7-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:n/a
price paid:
missing
positive:Colour
Sharpness
Light weight
negative:Can flare with low winter sun in the shot (for example)
Need to watch for underexposure
Price
comment:It was with some trepidation I bought this lens as I had read mixed reviews. I need not have worried as I think it is a great wide angle zoom. I am still learning to use it but so far have managed to produce some pleasing results.

It can under-expose on the A100 but this is not a problem as this is not a "snap shot lens" and you ought to be taking care over things like composition and exposure with such a lens mounted on the camera and with digital film is free so bracketing soon sorts this out.

I did not pay full price for this lens in the UK. In fact I was all set to buy the Sigma 10-20 when I found my 11-18 at a comparable cost.

It can flare when a light source is in the frame if you shoot into the sun but that is the only negative regarding image quality. Distortion is very good and the lens is sharp and gives very nice colours. Never out of my camera bag.
reviewer#3273 date: Feb-17-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 12-24mm
price paid:half price bargain
positive:I am surprised at the good sharpness of this lens. AF works well with the A700.
negative:Suffers from CA at 11mm end of range, but easily corrected in software.
comment:I was lucky to get this lens in a half price sale at Argos. It is always in my camera bag now, giving me better coverage at wide angle than I had with just the CZ16-80.
reviewer#3201 date: Jan-22-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Other 'widish' lenses.
price paid:
missing
positive:At last, a wideangle lens on my 7D. For buildings, interiors, etc
Circular aperture.
It is SO light.
negative:I got it at a bargainprice, but otherwise quite expensive, imho.
chromatic abbreviation
Relatively small zoom range.
comment:Afrer reading all kinds of really mixed reviews on the Internet, I decided to try it meself, and buy the Sony version last Saturday.
On of the first photos made with the lens: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrvanstraalen/2209130065/

The distorsion is to be expected and it may well possible to correct it in PS.
I enlarged the upper arcs and indeed there is very noticable
chromatic abbreviation. However, I found it only in the periphery. And it doesn't show unless you quite enlarge your photos. I just started using this lens, I will add more experiences later. ;-)

Used it today for snapshot photography and groupshots. It makes life so easy. In practise CA is imho hardly a point.
reviewer#2916 date: Nov-9-2007
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-125mm
price paid:Borrowed
positive:Nice and Wide view. Compliments kit lens.
Colours good
Light and easy to use
negative:Rather softer than expected at 11mm and even at 18mm.
Expensive for the optical quality. Not a major step up in quality compared to kit lens.
Poor CA around edges and in from the edge 25% to centre.
Poor contrast.
comment:I borrowed this lens with a view to buying it from a colleague who recently switched to Canon 5D from the Sony A100. He bought it for $AUD949 and I was going to offer $AUD550 if I liked it. I can't say I like this lens except that the view is a good wide one that would compliment my existing Sigma 18-125mm lens. I compared the two lens at 18mm and found my Sigma to be a little sharper and have better contrast and detail. I was disappointed with the performance of this lens for the price. Maybe it would be better on the A700, but I doubt it. Needless to say, I won't be buying this lens.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 33
  • sharpness: 4.45
  • color: 4.61
  • build: 4.12
  • distortion: 4.21
  • flare control: 3.94
  • overall: 4.27

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