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Sony11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Wide Angle Zoom Lens
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (12)
  • Easily interchangeable (11)
  • Consistent output (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Strong construction (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • General purpose (3)
  • Landscape photography (3)
  • Sports/action (3)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (4), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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.

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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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5.0

Wonderful Lens!

By jurikn12

from Holland, MI

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I use this mostly for photography indoors. It creates a great wide angle scene with minimal distortion.

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    • No

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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

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

    for great picks

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    (7 of 7 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.

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      • No

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      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.

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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!

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        (15 of 15 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.

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        • No

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        (5 of 5 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.

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          • 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.

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            • 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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              (7 of 7 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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                (13 of 13 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.

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                      (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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