Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens

Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens

Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens

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Product Highlights

  • A-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 16.5-27mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5-5.6 to f/22-29
  • One ED and Three Aspherical Elements
  • Internal Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

Make sure you have the right tool to capture that vast landscape or tight architectural space by picking up the DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens from Sony. Designed specifically for Sony's APS-C A-mount DSLR cameras, it provides an equivalent zoom range of 16.5-27mm for ultra-wide imaging. It uses a variable f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture to keep size and weight to a minimum while it incorporates various specialized elements to minimize aberrations and improve sharpness and clarity. Also, it has an internal focus mechanism that helps speed up autofocus performance to the minimum focus distance of 9.8". Additionally, it has a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh and it has a front filter diameter of 77mm.

This ultra wide angle zoom lens was designed for Sony's APS-C DSLRs where it provides an equivalent focal length range of 16.5-27mm.
It features a variable f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture, which helps keep size and weight to a minimum.
One extra-low dispersion element reduces color fringing and chromatic aberrations while three aspherical elements control spherical aberrations for improved clarity and sharpness.
An internal focus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance and also contributes to more natural, intuitive manual focus control.
A rounded 7-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242694293

Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 specs

Focal Length 11 - 18mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 16.5 - 27 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 29
Camera Mount Type Sony A
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 104° - 76°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 25 cm
Magnification 0.125x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Optical Design 15 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.27 x 3.17" / 83 x 80.5 mm
Weight 12.70 oz / 360 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 4.9 x 4.7"

Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 reviews

DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My big 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!
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wide-angle super zoom! 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
Date published: 2007-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! 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). Cant what until I get the Sony or Tamron 18-250 . (that would be all the ultimate two lens pack!)
Date published: 2008-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent wide angle zoom. 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
Date published: 2007-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for close quarters photography 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.
Date published: 2008-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great investment! 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.
Date published: 2009-01-07
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  • Sony Alpha A68
  • Sony Alpha A77 II
  • Sony Handycam NEX-VG10
  • Sony Handycam NEX-VG20
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  • Sony Handycam NEX-VG20H
  • Sony Handycam NEX-VG30
  • Sony NXCAM NEX-FS700
  • Sony NEX-FS100
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  • Sony NEX-FS700
  • Sony NEX-FS700R
  • Sony NEX-VG10E
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