Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT ( SAL-1118 ) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Sony Alpha/NEX (APS-C)
Tuesday, 11 March 2008 13:24

Sample Images

The following sample images were taken with the Sony Alpha 700 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne v4.

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Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 11.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/160s
Size 2848x4272
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/80s
Size 4272x2848
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 11.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.5 @ 1/125s
Size 4272x2848
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 11.0mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/160s
Size 4272x2848
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Exposure Data: f/9.0 @ 1/160s
Size 2848x4272
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/320s
Size 2848x4272

Verdict

Similar to its Tamron sister lens the Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT does not convince. At 11mm the critical corner performance is absent and the hefty amount of CAs and pronounced distortions don't make things any better here. The situation is better at 14mm and 18mm but then you don't really want to invest into an ultra-wide zoom lens just to enjoy the performance at the "long" end of the zoom range. On the positive side vignetting is very well controlled and the build quality is relatively fine. The lens had its time during the 6mp DSLR era but this is history - today it is a better idea to have a deeper look at one of the Sigmas (AF 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX, AF 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX) in this range.

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