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Tamron 11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

11_18mm
Review Date: May 9, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great price for a wide angle. Well built. Good image quality, reasonably low distorsion. Great for shooting home interiors. Excellent quality/price ratio.
Cons:
Would be nice if manual focus could overide the autofocus (like it does on the Canon 10-22mm). Focus can be slow and noisy depending on what usage you're planning (example: focusing from .28feet to infinity). For shooting home interiors focus is definatly not a problem AT ALL.

Great lens, received it today. I used a 10-22mm before (also a great lens), but for the price difference and considering the overall quality, I think the Tamron 11-18mm is an excellent choice. I can't say I see a big different between the 2 lens in quality except that the Canon's focus is quicker and more silent...oh and about 3-400$ more...I'm very satisfied with my purchase.

 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

ef85mmf_18usm_1_
Review Date: Nov 23, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: For the price excellent lens. Great detail, excellent build, fast focus and even in low light will rarely search. Silent.
Cons:
Only negative aspect I found so far is intense purple fringing between f1.8 and f2.5. When chrome is involved prepare to see ALOT of purple. Over f3 its excellent. But since this lens is for portraits its not really a problem.