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

11_18mm
Review Date: Mar 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Unexpensive, light and doesn't have softness issue like the Sigma 10-20. Lines stay relatively straight, even at 11mm. 6 year warranty
Cons:
This lens is one stop slower than the Sigma 10-20mm. This is not an issue for landscape photographer who'll shoot at f8+ anyway, but for sport or low light hand held situation it is quite annoying. Since this lens is made mostly of plastic unlike its Sigma counter part, it feels cheap and fragile. The screw type focus motor is very slow, and sometimes the focus is slightly off, which rarely happen on my other lenses.

I got it brand new, on discount, for 400$ Can which is about 350$ USD. The suggested retail price is 800$ Can but I doubt anybody still sell those at that price.
For the same price, the Sigma 10-20mm is a much better deal if you can get a sharp copy.