Yongnuo YN11mm F1.8S DA DSM WL review: mighty wide perspective meets speedy aperture rating, plus optional remote control

The APS-C format Yongnuo YN11mm F1.8S DA DSM WL in Sony E-mount shoehorns an effective 16.5mm focal length and fast f/1.8 aperture into a compact build.

Yongnuo YN11mm F1.8S DA DSM WL
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I massively enjoy the wide-angle wow factor of the Yongnuo YN11mm F1.8S DA DSM WL. Plenty of up-market attractions are built into this lens, despite its refreshingly diminutive, lightweight build and bargain basement price tag. Image quality is pretty impressive, although edge-sharpness could be better at wide apertures. Wireless connectivity with Yongnuo’s optional remote controller (sold separately) isn’t on my list of must-haves, but is a neat option nevertheless. All in all, it’s a smart little lens and great value for money.


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    Wide viewing angle, fast aperture

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    Customizable function button

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    Click/de-click aperture ring

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    Relatively inexpensive to buy


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    Edge-sharpness could be better

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    No aperture ring locking switch

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    Vignetting at wide apertures

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I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Yongnuo lenses. Made in China, they tend to be of good quality and outrageously good value for money. I’ve bought Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8Z DF DSM and Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8Z DF DSM lenses for my full-frame Nikon Z-system cameras, to add to my permanent collection, and recently reviewed the Yongnuo YN33mm F1.4Z DA DSM WL Pro which, like this 11mm lens, is designed for APS-C format bodies and is compatible with Yongnuo’s optional BR-L1 remote controller. 

Unlike the 33mm lens, however, it’s so far only available in Sony E-mount, rather than catering to multiple makes of camera. Even so, it aims to be one of the best lenses for the Sony A6700, and other crop-sensor Sony mirrorless cameras.

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Mount optionsSony E (APS-C)
Lens construction10 elements in 9 groups
Angle of view105 degrees
Diaphragm blades7
Minimum aperturef/16
Minimum focus distance0.15m
Maximum magnification0.15x
Filter size58mm
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FeaturesSmart features include RF linking for optional remote control.★★★★★
DesignHandling extras include a click/de-click aperture ring and function button.★★★★★
PerformanceIt’s very good but wide-aperture sharpness could be better towards the edges.★★★★
ValueConsidering the performance, features and build quality, it’s standout value.★★★★★
Viltrox AF 13mm F1.4

The Viltrox AF 13mm F1.4 is a little pricier than the Yongnuo 11mm and not quite so ultra-wide-angle, but has a faster aperture rating. It’s another superb yet relatively inexpensive APS-C format lens, available in a wider range of Canon M, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z and Sony E mount options.

Sony E 10-20mm F4 PZ G

The APS-C format Sony E 10-20mm F4 PZ G lens adds zoom versatility, and with ‘power zoom’ at that, more ideal for shooting movies. However, it has a considerably slower f/4 aperture rating and costs more than twice as much to buy.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.