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Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens

You Pay: $798.00
Product Highlights
  • APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 16.5-27mm
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5-29
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
  • 3x Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
  • Internal Focusing System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm

The 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens from Sony is a DT-series Alpha lens that has been optimized for cropped image sensors, and as a result it is not recommended for use with larger full-frame cameras. Its 11-18mm focal length is the 35mm equivalent of a 16.5-27mm lens. It is constructed of 15 elements in 12 groups - three of them being aspherical glass elements, with additional Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements - which all help to deliver sharp, clear photos throughout the zoom range. It has a minimum focusing distance of 9.8" and a front-end filter diameter of 77mm.

APS-C 35mm Equivalent: 16.5-27mm
This wide 11-18mm lens has a 1.6x zoom factor, but its viewing angle becomes the 35mm equivalent of a 16.5-27mm lens when attached to the cropped APS-C cameras it was designed for.
Optimized For APS-C Size / DT-Format Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Intended for smaller, cropped Sony Alpha cameras, DT lenses employ an optical system that is specifically designed for digital cameras which incorporate an APS-C size image sensor.
Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in, the extra-low dispersion glass corrects for certain wavelengths of light - producing sharper images with truer colors.
3x Aspherical Glass Lens Elements
These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images across the entire zoom range of the lens.
Internal Focusing System
Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change, creating a lens that focuses more quickly and doesn't change balance.
7x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Filter Diameter: 77mm
The 77mm front filter thread does not rotate, allowing rotating polarizing filters to be used.
Performance
Focal Length 11 - 18mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 16.5 - 27 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 29
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 104° - 76°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.125x
Elements/Groups 15/12
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.17 x 3.27" (8.05 x 8.3 cm)
Weight 12.70 oz (360 g)
Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens
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  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)
    • Easily interchangeable (10)
    • Consistent output (8)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Strong construction (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • General purpose (3)
      • Landscape photography (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (4), Enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Addition

      I bought this lens as part of my "travel kit." along with two other zoom lens, it allows me to cover the range of 11 - 300 mm, the...Read complete review

      I bought this lens as part of my "travel kit." along with two other zoom lens, it allows me to cover the range of 11 - 300 mm, the equivalent of 16 - 450 mm for a 35 mm SLR. The lens itself is light, has good image contrast and sharpness and little visible distortion. It's excellent for landscapes, interiors, large groups of people and for close up candids. The only drawback is the relatively slow 4.5 - 5.6 maximum aperture, though with the A700 DSLR body, this isn't much of a handicap, since the camera ISO range is up to 6400. All-in-all, a lot of lens for the money.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      great photos but be careful with it!

      I like this lens for being compact and giving good results, but i managed to break the internals just putting it in and out of my bag, I have since totally stripped it...Read complete review

      I like this lens for being compact and giving good results, but i managed to break the internals just putting it in and out of my bag, I have since totally stripped it down, and found the whole assembly relies on three tiny flanges, around 1mm deep by 4mm long, that has all sheared off.Some of the internals are metal, some plastic, but these, that should have been metal, failed because they are plastic. the lettering is also wearing off the outside of the lens. So - sorry Sony, but for [$] i want better build quality.

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      (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      this is a gift to my friend

      By sandra rojas

      from são paulo, Brazil

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

            for great picks

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Share this review

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great lens, with amazing color and DOF!!

            By The Englishman

            from Steamboat Springs, CO

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

              I bought this lens to use with my Sony NEX-FS100, and it delivered great DOF and color. This lens has a great angle of view with no noticeable distortion. I highly recommend this lens to anyone who needs to get close to their subjects.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Using with sony nex vg 10

              By Celio Barros

              from Brasil

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

              It's necessary to shoot at my music studio, which is has a limited area. When attached to Sony Nex VG 10, it has limitations in low ligth compared to original lens (18mm-200mm). Anyway, it still works to my necessities.

              Remember: there is no autofocus with this lens attached to sony nex vg 10, so it'll take some time to be sure that focus is ok, considering the small lcd preview.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              My big

              By capecodinsummer

              from Provincetown, Mass.

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                I bought this to go with my Sony A55 camera as the lens it came with,though sharp, had a fairly narrow field of view. Mainly I stitch my photos into long panoramics, and so hoped to have more surface area to stitch with the 11-18mm lens, which has proven to be the case. Occasionally I wanted to photo something wide for just one shot, as I sell large prints and canvas (24x40")and so far this has been good, though I've yet to test its ultimate clarity. Perspective distortion at the edge of the field of view has been easily corrected with Photoshop "skew". Nice lens!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                great photos but be careful with it!

                By Longboat

                from Scotland

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                I like this lens for being compact and giving good results, but i managed to break the internals just putting it in and out of my bag, I have since totally stripped it down, and found the whole assembly relies on three tiny flanges, around 1mm deep by 4mm long, that has all sheared off.Some of the internals are metal, some plastic, but these, that should have been metal, failed because they are plastic. the lettering is also wearing off the outside of the lens. So - sorry Sony, but for [$] i want better build quality.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                should have bought that one earlier

                By Marc

                from Simpsonville, SC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                  The only thing I regret not having bought it before my trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and other Canyons :-)
                  The wide angle is fantastic, a lot of fun to create great pictures with.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Glad I bought this lens!

                  By cel

                  from sydney, au

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                    Have used the lens for several weeks now and have not found any flaws yet.

                    Sharp images, little bit of distortion on 11mm which is common.

                    Mainly use it in daylight, outdoors.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A great investment!

                    By Linda

                    from Tucson

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quick Focus
                    • Rugged
                    • Sharp Focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography

                      Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                      This is perfect for group photos when you don't want to purposely exclude anyone. Also for the interior of buildings and for those horizon shots. A must for your collection. Clear as a bell.

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                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      SONY LENS

                      By "THE JOKER"

                      from SELDEN,L.I. NEW YORK

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp Focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Landscape Photography

                        Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                        I USE THIS LENS MAINLY FOR NTURE,BECAUSE I LOVE THE GREAT OUTDOORS.THE RANGE OF IT IS TERRIFIC,I ONLY CARRY THREE LENS TO COVER A LARGE RANGE OF FOCAL LENGHTS.I LIKE THE SMOOTH ZOOM,AT THIS POINT I HAVEN'T FOUND ANY FAULTS.

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                        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent for close quarters photography

                        By Tucson Tom

                        from Tucson, AZ

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quick Focus
                        • Sharp Focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography

                          Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                          I used this lens on my Konica-Minolta 5D during a photo workshop with Arizona Highways magazine to the Antelope Slot Canyons near Page Arizona. Since shooting inside dark slot canyons sometimes only as wide as your shoulders made it difficult for photography. But the SAL-1118 performed amazingly giving me wide extremely sharp fully defined depth of field photographs. I can't say enough good words about this lens.

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                          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          AWESOME!

                          By Tdog

                          from Philly, PA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Sharp Focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                            Use- amateur photographer, in Philly and country

                            This lens is extraordinary good in all uses. The picture quality is excellent and focus extremely close ( closer than the 10 inches reported) Recommend this for anybody who dose landscapes or lives in a city and want to take architectural pictures. Distortion is minimal when a distance from the subject. The manual focus fills like you are breaking it when you use it (like all Sony lenses I guess). Can’t what until I get the Sony or Tamron 18-250 . (that would be all the ultimate two lens pack!)

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                            (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great Addition

                            By Traveller

                            from Lake Arrowhead, CA

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged
                            • Sharp Focus

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Landscapes
                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                              I bought this lens as part of my "travel kit." along with two other zoom lens, it allows me to cover the range of 11 - 300 mm, the equivalent of 16 - 450 mm for a 35 mm SLR. The lens itself is light, has good image contrast and sharpness and little visible distortion. It's excellent for landscapes, interiors, large groups of people and for close up candids. The only drawback is the relatively slow 4.5 - 5.6 maximum aperture, though with the A700 DSLR body, this isn't much of a handicap, since the camera ISO range is up to 6400. All-in-all, a lot of lens for the money.

                              Share this review

                              (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent wide angle zoom.

                              By Davey

                              from Brooklyn, NY

                              Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                              I bought this lens at B&H a couple months back for aphoto shoot, and it's a really sharp wide angle for theprice. Distortion is well controlled and it's an excellentlens for shooting landscapes and architecture, and also isgreat for wide angle portraits. The detail is surprisinglygreat for the price.

                              Expertise: Professional

                              Problems Encountered: None at all.

                              Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Minolta 20mm

                              Items I Recommend: Hoya 77mm Ultraviolet UV(0) Super Multi-Coated (S-HMC) Glass Haze Filter

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                              (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              A Wide-angle super zoom!

                              By Love

                              from Sweden

                              Comments about Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

                              I bought this lens a month ago. I thought it was a little expensive and that 4.5-5.6 was not so good, but together with super steady shot in the a100 it gives great pictures! Indoors and even without flash and in poor light! Sharp and with little distorsion. The construction could have been a little less plastic, but with it's excellent performance, it really doesn't matter. With a more solid outer, I'd giving it 5 stars overall.

                              Previous Equivalent Items Owned: 20mm, 24mm

                              Items I Recommend: UV-filter + Sony a100 camera

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